Defining your message and knowing your audience are critical elements in effective communications. But how often do you think about whether or not you are performing on the right stage?
Tom Latchford is the Chief Executive Officer of RaisingIT a social business dedicated to helping charities turn slacktivists into activists. He was hand-selected to join the Sandbox Network, a global community of young achievers and innovators and since then his organisation has gone from strength to strength. He talks about his passion for using the web to encourage a new generation of volunteers and donors.
It is not by chance that Stephen Fry called for athletes at the World Athletic Championships in Moscow to use a symbol to protest Putin’s most recent push to curb gay rights. We have always used symbols to tell stories. We used symbols before we used words. They are an incredibly powerful communications tool. They evoke feelings, thoughts and ideas. They promote action.
Corruption consistently ranks high among corporate sustainability risks. Yet while business ethics policies and procedures are common, violations still occur. Encouraging employees to grapple openly with these issues is often the missing link. In a recently published guide for employees, Scania has tackled the dilemmas and “grey zones” straight on.
David Wong, CEO of Plantedd - an organsiation that promotes British nursuries - says the horsemeat scandal should raise awareness for the benefits of local, independent businesses.
Shared ownership models, particularly co-operatives, are more common than you might think. There are over 5,933 independent co-operatives in the UK, owned by 13.5 million people, meaning that the co-operative economy in the UK is worth £35.6 billion. Worldwide, there are 1.4 million co-operatives with over 1 billion members in sectors as diverse as healthcare and housing, food and football.
BBC's Panorama recently offered us a chilling insight into ‘Britain's Hidden Housing Crisis’. And while the government and banks are largely failing to address this issue, social businesses are uniquely placed to help to meet the challenge of homelessness.
Rod Schwartz is CEO of ClearlySo, a company that helps social entrepreneurs raise capital. He was a leading analyst on Wall Street before shifting his focus to helping grow the social investment marketplace and build a more social economy. Described as ‘the leading advocate and supporter of social enterprise.’ by Peter Tyson of the Body Shop, he founded Catalyst Fund Management & Research in 1997, followed by ClearlySo in 2009, which provides social enterprises with business support and strategic advice.
Counter Culture got involved in this year's John Bryne Award.
We raised critical sponsorship funding, doubled the amount of students participating and even got the iconic Scottish rock group The Proclaimers involved.
We did this because we believe this competition offers an essential dialogue about values.
Author, educator and environmentalist Bill McKibben has just wrapped up "Do the Math": a campaign aimed at spreading ‘the most important numbers you’ll ever hear’ across the US.
The first of those numbers is 2.
2 degrees Celsius is the global average temperature rise that the Earth can handle before destructive weather events, changing weather patterns and sea level rise make our current way of living challenging at best and impossible at worst - for some plants and animals, even a 2 degrees increase will sadly be too much.