- Skills, skills, skills! Is possibly how Destiny’s Child would have reacted to Dame Mary Marsh’s skills review last week. Conversely the ‘social sector’ has reacted with a range of new websites (rather than a forgotten 90’s pop song). This includes a website set up by the review group themselves (more details here), another website providing a ‘skills platform to revolutionise training for charities and social enterprises’ and a call for action from the Clore Social Leadership people, who argue the sector must do more to attract young people (presumably who won’t remember Destiny’s Child?). Which is just as well, because new research out this week suggests that while social enterprises make a significant contribution to employment, jobs in the social economy are often precarious and low paid;
- Crowdfunding: NESTA launched an online directory of UK crowdfunding platforms, featuring several UnLtd Award Winners and alumni, accompanied by a super short illustrated history of crowdfunding.
- Social Tech: Nominet launch a new £1m programme for tech social entrepreneurs this week, while serial entrepreneur Oli Barret wrote an interesting blog this week highlighting the different eligiblity criteria being used by Google and Wayra UnLtd to stimulate the social tech market;
- Youth: RBS announce winners of their Youth Enterprise awards;
- Enterpreneurship: The BBC asked ‘are there too many entrepreneurship competitions?‘ while SEUK provided a good case study of the journey of a social entrepreneur through the ecosystem of support.