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  • In mid 2014 I was approached by the CSR department of an advertising agency Grey, who needed help with designing and rolling out an ambitious education program, in Asia. In conjunction with their client GSK Horlicks, they planned to visit isolated communities where the children have no access to schooling, and implement solutions to help bridge that gap. The Horlicks School Journey Initiative was born and a …

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  • “Traditional charity and aid are never going to solve the problems of poverty” – Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder of Acumen Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a term that became popular in the 1960’s, when being used to describe the moral intentions and activities in business.  However, it’s only really been a common part of every day business in the last 10 to 15 years – the relevant …

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  • The Irony of Freedom

    A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom. – Bob Dylan Recently in the UK there was some debate around British values. Sparing the detail, it ended up with the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, outlining what being British meant, in terms of values: A belief in freedom, tolerance of others, accepting personal and social responsibility, and respecting & upholding …

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  • Sharing Value through Entrepreneurship

    A Social entrepreneur recognizes social problems and uses entrepreneurial techniques to create, organize, and execute strategies to achieve the change required. To be one takes courage, a tenacious attitude and plenty of heart. Today we have a pressing number of social issues that need tackling in the world; hunger, health, education, access to proper drinking water, climate change, to mention a few. As the population steadily …

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  • A Model for Social Business

    Social Entrepreneurship is a term that’s been used since the 1970’s, though it is far more prevalent in business language used in the past 10 years. What a social enterprise is and how you classify one takes many forms, but I don’t think anyone would argue that fundamentally the core focus of a social venture, is to have some sort of positive impact with the …

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  • Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction. – John F. Kennedy Just before 2am last Sunday morning my alarm sounded. I rolled out of bed, made a quick cuppa, turned on my laptop and logged on to Setanta to watch England play Samoa at rugby. Crazy? Maybe, but having only missed a handful of England games over the past 20 years, it’s …

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  • “No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care” ― Theodore Roosevelt When Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years, he could have come out a bitter and angry man. Instead, he was full of acceptance & understanding. Even though many in the white community in South Africa were still dismissing him as a terrorist, he tried to …

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  • “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” – Winston Churchill Today we are in the peak of the technological era, an incredible time. A revolution of abundance; online everything, fast commerce, & personalized convenience. What was once next week’s delivery is now yesterday’s memory. More people are able to connect directly than ever before and even …

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  • Turn Off, Tune Out, Go Faster.

    Work at breakneck speed for 12 hours, exercise, feed, kids, bed! I was once chatting to an entrepreneur who runs 3 successful businesses. He told me his biggest fear was to be left doing nothing, on his own. That even the thought of doing this for 5 minutes, seemed a mammoth undertaking. This maybe an extreme example but it’s a common response by many entrepreneurs. …

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