Category Archives: Private sector

Making social impact integral to business

TweetWhen women in Haiti added fruit flavouring to purified water and sold it to their peers, an impromptu community business was born. While the main aim was a health-related one – the women used purifying sachets distributed after the 2010 … Continue reading

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Luke’s lost generation

Tweet Welcome to Luke’s World from Luke's World on Vimeo. This film should stop you in your tracks. Its power to move puts it almost on a par, as Channel Four’s Jon Snow said at its launch today, with the … Continue reading

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How the housing safety net is shrinking further

TweetAs councils tighten eligibility criteria for housing at the same time as benefit cuts hit, charities warn of an increase in homelessness. With the trend growing for councils to overhaul their allocation policies, there are fresh concerns about people being … Continue reading

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“The kid who talked of burning down the place is now volunteering to paint it…”

Tweet Hutton Hall community centre, photos by Podnosh A year ago it would have been pointless painting a mural on the wall of Hutton Hall; it would have been covered in grafitti within a day. But after the building was … Continue reading

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Housing’s X factor is tenancy support

TweetJane Forster is a realist. ‘Homeless people with chaotic lifestyles aren’t the most attractive tenants to private landlords,’ she says. It’s a realism that sometimes seems to be lacking among the policy-makers planning a bigger role for the private rented … Continue reading

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Wonder women and why we need them

TweetFor me, it was an eclectic yet potent combination of Wonder Woman, Kate Adie, Blue Peter’s Janet Ellis and Margot Fonteyn. Although I’ve yet to perform an arabesque while reporting from the frontline and deflecting bullets armed with nothing but … Continue reading

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Is social enterprise a magic wand?

TweetSee the Guardian’s new social enterprise network for my piece on social enterprise as a magic wand: The challenge facing social enterprise, warned Peter Holbrook, chief executive of umbrella group the Social Enterprise Coalition, before the election, “is to be … Continue reading

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What cash-strapped cities can learn from Birmingham’s clean up

TweetMy piece in Guardian Public: Litter-strewn public spaces, pavements speckled with chewing gum and rowdy street drinkers. For any town centre manager, these city centre hallmarks are familiar problems.

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