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Social innovation through housing

Housing associations are now rediscovering their radical and ambitious roots to make a big difference, says Belinda Bell, Director of the Cambridge Social Ventures programme at Cambridge Judge. Dr Belinda Bell, Director of the Cambridge Social Ventures programme of the…

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Numerous skyscrapers tower above the horizon. These are the residential ‘tower blocks’ in the ‘Seaton’ area of Aberdeen. The area has a mixed demographic but suffers from social issues such as poverty and unemployment.

Egyptian social enterprise

Egypt's new law restricting non-governmental organisations has created an opportunity for social enterprises to fill the void, says Isabel Brüggemann, PhD candidate at Cambridge Judge Business School. The historic Karnak Temple in the Egyptian city of Luxor is one of…

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the Temple of Karnak, in Luxor, Egypt, which will soon be accessible through a series of wheelchair-friendly walkways

Social innovation, over time

Community activists tend to seek urgent solutions, but a new study from the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation emphasises how patience is essential for cross-sector development work. Perhaps unsurprisingly, people working in community organisations are not known as the most…

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Why take the Social Innovation Concentration?

It's an exciting time to be an MBA with a social conscience. What problem could you take on? Whatever it is, the Social Innovation Concentration is your best start. Population growth, food security, climate change, biodiversity loss, looming health crises…

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‘Emancipatory’ social entrepreneurship

In addition to generating money, entrepreneurial activity by women in the developing world can build confidence and change broader societal attitudes, says Dr Helen Haugh of Cambridge Judge Business School. Entrepreneurial activity can provide a greater sense of freedom to…

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Gender and the US military

Some positive steps have been made to improve gender equality in the American military, but some simple further steps could achieve much more – and that would reflect well beyond the armed forces. By Joshua Stewart, Lieutenant Colonel (US Army)…

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The social enterprise greenhouse

When it comes to starting social enterprises, Paul Tracey and Neil Stott "would love to see a thousand flowers bloom". But doing good for society isn't as straightforward as it sounds and even the best ideas can fail. Their research…

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Pink roses in a Dutch greenhouse

Better hearing through technology

Goshawk Communications, a social venture supported by Cambridge Judge that enhances mobile phones for the hearing impaired, links up with Manx Telecom subsidiary on the Isle of Man. Vannin Ventures, a subsidiary of Manx Telecom on the Isle of Man,…

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How to make the right decision

Competing demands can sometimes hamper your ability to make the right decision, but new research suggests there may be a better way. When the Keystone Development Trust, a social enterprise in the East of England created a programme of support…

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Row of doors - how to make the right decision, which door to choose?

Venturing forth: Goshawk Communications

Anyone who has tried to hold a mobile phone conversation on a noisy train knows how frustrating it can be when the other person's voice fades in and out, or there is static, or words seem mumbled due to poor…

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Anyone who has tried to hold a mobile phone conversation on a noisy train knows how frustrating it can be when the other person's voice fades in and out, or there is static, or words seem mumbled due to poor reception in and around tunnels.

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