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Good Morning, hope this sunny weekend was good for all of you!  As every Monday, today we update our blog with Transition Institute’s weekly round-up.  Catch up with last week’s key stories around Spin Outs, Social Value, and new models of public service.

Monday, 3rd of September 2012  

  • A noteworthy piece on the “mutualisation agenda” and their potential benefits. Focused on the Online Centres Foundation, explains not only how they have improved his services overall, but also some of the individual success histories that the foundation has helped to achieve.
  • A critical view of the Social Impact Bonds, based on the Australian Experience with this kind of Social Finance. In the end there are not bonds, but outcome based contracts, argues Paul Oslington, in The Conversation at Senscot.  But, what could be the alternatives?  We can find one proposal in Canada, using derivatives to fund charities. Another view to bring to the debate table around social finance.

Tuesday, 4th of September 2012

  • What is a “Social-Media Workflow” and how can be useful for organizations? Although focused on non-profits, this article of Beth Kanter can be interesting for Social Enterprises and Spin-Outs. You can also read a related article of his about how to “Become a networked nonprofit” in Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Wednesday, 5th of September 2012

  • The campaign “Not in our name” achieved his aim, with Salesforce backing down from his intent to trademark the term “Social Enterprise”.  A deserved reward to the efforts leaded by Peter Holbrook and Social Enterprise U.K. You can find more details in their webpage, and what’s next for Social Enterprise U.K in this article at the Guardian Social Enterprise Network.
  • In this week Creative Councils post, Sarah Gillingson, partner at the Innovation Unit, extracts some lessons about innovation in local government based on the councils participation in NESTA’s programme.
  • Anne Miller, details the importance of including stakeholders when measuring Social Value, in this article for SEE Change magazine.
  • Sir Stephen Bubb, Chair of ACEVO and board member of Transition Institute, outlines some initial thoughts about what the reshuffle means for bringing independent and third sector organisations into public service delivery. Read in Bubb’s Blog.

Thursday, 6th of September 2012

  • Looking for new approaches that let them maintain public services and bring down cost, some Sussex Councils are studying the possibilities of share services and outsource them into an arm length entity. Between the options on the table, a possible new cooperative spin-out.
  • Martin Shaw, CEO of the Association of Financial Mutuals, also comments in his blogs what the reshuffle means for the mutualisation agenda: “Minister for mutuals”, great title for a quick to read but comprehensive post.

Friday, 7th of September 2012

  • Nick O’Donohe, CEO of Big Society Capital, made an interesting speech at the U.K. Sustainable Investment and Finance Association, with some references about how Social Value is changing the conception of investment. You can find a recap in this round-up at Investment & Pensions Europe.
  • Greenwich Leisure Limited has been a key link between Social Enterprises and London 2012. In this piece you can find how it tackles more challenges, with the intention to build their most technologically advanced gym near the 02.

A final recommendation:  Matthew Taylor piece in this Sunday’s The Observer, asking: where are the big solutions our big problems call for? Here Matthew argues that, if we want to face our society main challenges, we must devise new radical ways of understanding and exercising power.  A theme that will expand in his Annual Lecture about “The Power to Act: A new angle on our toughest problems”.  The last conference in a busy week for the Royal Society of Arts, starting with today’s President’s Lecture delivered by the economist Richard Florida, and continuing tomorrow with “The Millennials Debate”.

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