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Time for Social Entrepreneurs to Share the Spotlight

Time for Social Entrepreneurs to Share the Spotlight

This blog by Dan Berelowitz, ICSF CEO, first appeared in the Stanford Social Innovation Review While we universally applaud social entrepreneurs, another model of social change could unlock even greater levels of participation. Visionary. Self-confident. Utterly committed to their cause. It’s easy to see why social entrepreneurs are beloved by politicians and journalists alike. I’m [...]

Social Franchising Accelerator: Apply Now!

Social Franchising Accelerator: Apply Now!

The world’s first Social Franchising Accelerator, which aims to help meet the needs of thousands of poor and vulnerable people in South Africa through scaling up proven social solutions, is now accepting first-stage applications. Participants will receive: 1. Expert training in social franchising 2. In-depth, one-to-one social franchising consultancy 3. Direct funding of up to $32,000 4. [...]

Launch of Development Impact and You Toolkit

Launch of Development Impact and You Toolkit

Development Impact and You is a free new online toolkit, designed by Nesta in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation. It features 30 social innovation tools that are quick to use, simple to apply, and designed to help busy people around the world create more impact with their work. Its main features are: · Freely available [...]

ICSF to Launch Social Franchising Accelerator in South Africa

ICSF to Launch Social Franchising Accelerator in South Africa

ICSF is pleased to announce that it has received funding from the Rockefeller Foundation to run the world’s first Social Franchising Accelerator in South Africa together with The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Franchising Plus. The accelerator will help three proven social impact organisations replicate to scale through social franchising. The three implementing partners [...]

ICSF Win Place on Growth Accelerator

ICSF Win Place on Growth Accelerator

GrowthAccelerator is a UK government backed programme that exclusively targets high growth organisations who want to enter their next growth phase and have the potential and determination to get there. ICSF applied to the programme for support to expand internationally to the USA and South Africa. In addition to individually tailored support as part of [...]

Social Enterprise in 2020

Social Enterprise in 2020

What will Social Enterprise look like in 2020? Less innovation and more scaling up what works through methods such as social franchising say Mark Richardson and Richard Catherall for the British Council. Read the report here with Comments on social franchising and scale are on page 7.

ICSF China Conference and Study Tour Report

ICSF China Conference and Study Tour Report

China has woken up to the concept of social enterprise in the last 5 years. The landscape is rapidly changing and developing with entrepreneurs, foundations and corporates interested in how they can do good while still doing well. This emerging landscape with its goodwill, funding and population represents an enormous opportunity to scale up social [...]

The Five Stages of Social Replication

The Five Stages of Social Replication

The Guardian recently published a blog by ICSF Analyst Matt Towner on the five stages of social replication. This blog explains the five stages that you should follow if you want to replicate a social purpose organisation or project. Read the full blog article here.