ReCreate: The Social Enterprise Inspiring Creativity and a Better Planet

Ireland has undertaken a huge transformation since the global financial crisis. In the last few years, unemployment has fallen from about 15% to 5.4% in April 2019. It is expected that unemployment will fall below 5% in the next year, which the country will deem as ‘full employment.’ In an article by the Irish Times,…

Latvia’s Innovative Approach to Economic Growth

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On the world map, Latvia is located on the east coast of the Baltic Sea and has almost 2 million inhabitants. This is about half the size of Melbourne in Australia! It is nestled in the Baltic states between Estonia and Lithuania and they all have one thing in common. Their populations have all been declining…

Why Estonia is the Next Global Social Enterprise Hub

Estonia is a small nation with a big impact. For a population of 1.3 million, they are the world's only digital society, with 99% of Government services available online. This has led to a nation where technology is second nature. According to the e-Estonia website ‘There are 413 startups in Estonia. The number might seem…

SynchroniCity: The EU’s Plan to Build the Ultimate Smart City Network

Data today can be used to improve as well as hinder society. With large companies dominating data from our devices, it is important we create new networks that add value to society and help to generate more equitable options for people, place and the planet. There are some exciting emerging models of using data to…

How Innovative Partnerships Can Transform Cities

I had heard about Finland’s progressive culture and positive action on climate change. However, it wasn’t until I was on the ground and hearing from locals about clean tech, partnerships and new business models that I got a true sense of it. When I met with Tiina Kähö, Executive Director of Helsinki Metropolitan Smart and…

6 Things We Can Learn From Finland’s Universal Basic Income Experiment

The Universal Basic Income is a concept that has been around for decades, yet it is only now that the conversation is moving to action. The threat of automation on middle-income jobs and the rise of mass unemployment has prompted Governments globally to look at new social welfare models. The reality is, global Governments cannot…

Meet Some Swedish World Changers!

Sweden is a hive of activity when it comes to social impact and environmental sustainability. I asked a local about the recycling situation in Sweden and he responded ‘We take recycling so seriously that it is almost an Olympic sport.’ The pride and passion of social impact and environmental sustainability seem to be ingrained in…

Social Innovation Perspectives in Japan: Robin Lewis [Interview]

Researching about sustainability, startups and social innovation for my global trip would often include endless keyword searches leading to infinite pages and bizarre paths. Luckily for me, Japan was easy! I typed in ‘social innovation Japan’ and front and centre was Robin Lewis with his latest venture, Social Innovation Japan. I was fortunate enough to…

The 3 Mindsets That Have Shaped Social Change in the Office

Can businesses really do good for society AND maintain profit?! This is the emerging question that is on the minds of leaders globally. Today we explore the evolution of the role of business and why the next wave of growth matters for both business and society. Key points: The mindset of business leaders is starting…

What is Social Innovation?

Social innovation is an emerging and important area that brings the two worlds of business and society together. It enables organisations to convert their purpose into reality. This is done by aligning core assets and expertise to a common goal that is both good for business and society. Companies globally including Unilever, Google, Barclay's, Nestle,…