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The Challenge of Securing Land Leases and Planning Permission for Non-Profit Place Regeneration Projects

Non-profit organisations are vital in place regeneration projects aiming to revitalise and improve underused or neglected areas. These projects often bring significant social, environmental, and economic benefits to communities. However, non-profits frequently face substantial challenges accessing land leases necessary for these initiatives. A primary obstacle is the prolonged delay in local authority decision-making on land lease tenders and planning permissions….

The Need for More Philanthropic Funding for Social Enterprise Startups

Starting a new venture requires substantial investment, whether a commercial business or a non-profit social enterprise. However, the pathways to securing this investment differ significantly between these entities. In the UK, commercial companies often have access to various early-stage seed funding options, while non-profit social enterprises typically face more significant challenges in securing similar financial support. This article explores these…

Coin Street: A Beacon of Social Housing and Enterprise in Central London

Nestled in the heart of London, where towering skyscrapers and luxurious developments symbolise wealth and affluence, Coin Street is a remarkable example of how social housing and enterprise can thrive amidst an environment primarily driven by wealth creation. Coin Street Community Builders (CSCB) has transformed this area into a vibrant, inclusive community, demonstrating that sustainable living and social equality are…

Embracing Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) Standards: The Path to Sustainable Business Success

In recent years, businesses worldwide have increasingly recognised the importance of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors in driving long-term value creation and sustainable growth. ESG considerations include climate change, diversity and inclusion, labour practices, corporate governance, and ethical business conduct. As stakeholders increasingly demand greater accountability, transparency, and responsibility from corporations, embracing ESG principles presents a significant opportunity for…

Sociocracy In Collaborative Community Development And Placemaking Projects

Introduction to Sociocracy The need for effective governance in collaborative projects, especially those focused on placemaking, cannot be overstated. Sociocracy is emerging as a new project governance method due to its emphasis on collaboration, transparency, and adaptability. Unlike traditional top-down approaches to project governance, sociocracy promotes distributed decision-making and self-organisation, empowering teams to decide collectively based on consent rather than…

The Rise of Cooperative Business Models: A eCulture Perspective

In recent years, there has been a notable surge in the popularity of cooperative business models worldwide. From small-scale startups to large enterprises, more and more businesses are embracing the cooperative approach, which prioritises democratic decision-making, shared ownership, and equitable distribution of profits. In this blog article, we’ll explore the rise of cooperative businesses, with a particular focus on the…

Grateful for Living in a Benevolent Society

It’s easy, yet disheartening, to view humanity as indifferent, driven mainly by a thirst for wealth and power, leaving those disadvantaged without hope or means to improve their lot. This perspective, however, doesn’t capture the whole essence of our world. In my journey through the non-profit sector, I am always profoundly moved by the realisation that millions of people, not…

Our Benevolent Society

Society’s remarkable generosity deserves a more comprehensive evaluation to gauge the outcomes of investments in well-being development accurately. Such an assessment would foster a systemic shift away from the unsustainable fixation on GDP and economic growth. Recently, Liz Truss voiced concerns about the expanding size of the state in both the US and the UK, cautioning against the emergence of…

The Imperative of Social Return on Investment Measure

Like countless others, I firmly believe in the balance of negatives and positives. Despite the myriad challenges and uncertainties facing our world, it’s crucial to recognize the significant and transformative shifts taking place in society. These changes offer ample reasons for optimism and hope for humanity’s future. However, if we aspire to build a sustainable society grounded in these positive…

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