Social investing : fixing capitalism with capitalism

Capitalism – in its current form – has let us down. We have seen this truism manifest itself globally, from the disruptive protests of the “Occupy” movements to mainstream debates such as Capitalism in Crisis, the in-depth series that the Financial Times ran at the beginning of 2012.

#OccupyLSX camp outside London Stock Exchange/ St Paul’s Cathedral in 2011 (image digitally altered from original)

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The EU budget 2014-2020 and the Social Business Initiative

Commissioned by E!Sharp as part of the series “How to spend the EU budget” and published 9 January 2012, orginal article here.
Photo: Spiegel online.

Lauri Wylie’s 1963 comedy sketch “Dinner for One” has become a cult classic across Europe and it is obligatory TV viewing every New Year’s Eve in Germany. A spoof version of it emerged this year and became an internet hit. It features Chancellor Merkel as Miss Sophie and President Sarkozy as the Butler who has to imitate Sophie’s imaginary friends through the course of a dinner party. The catchphrase of the sketch is provided by the Butler who asks repeatedly whether it will be “The same procedure as last year?”Read More »

Task force for a European Social Investment Facility

Published 1 December 2011, www.alliancemagazine.org, orginal article here.

Fiscal consolidation within the European Union means that a stronger social economy is required to deliver where the state can no longer. More non-public capital must be attracted for this purpose via a stronger and better integrated social investment market across Europe. This needs a European wide enabling infrastructure that is sufficiently flexible to accommodate local requirements and contextual issues. For this reason, Euclid Network and FEBEA (Fédération Européenne de Finances et Banques Ethiques et Alternatives) assembled a task force of experienced social investment practitioners from across Europe to explore how the European Commission can most effectively use its limited financial resources to best support social investment across Europe.Read More »

European Social Investment Facility – to finance the social economy

Commissioned by E!Sharp, Brussels based Journal – 23 Oct 2011

Fiscal consolidation within the European Union means that a stronger social economy is required to underpin the creation of socio-economic prosperity where the state no longer has the resources to act.

More non-public capital must be attracted for this purpose via a better functioning social investment market, one that is integrated across Europe. For this reason, Euclid Network and FEBEA (Fédération Européenne de Finances et Banques Ethiques et Alternatives) assembled a task force of experienced European social investment practitioners to identify how the European Commission can most effectively use its limited financial resources for this purpose. Read More »

The JenLi Manifesto – Part 3: Moving the mainstream economy towards a social economy

This part of the Manifesto describes how the ideas presented in Part 1 and Part 2 can be implemented through undertaking integrated development projects for the creation of self-sufficient communities – the approach has been named the Plexus Concept as a working title and summarised in the paper below.

montblancKarl H Richter will present the Plexus Concept on 11 Nov 2011 at the 5th Mont Blanc Meeting in Chamonix, this is an international forum for social economy leaders and the opening plenary of this year’s meeting will include Lula da Silva, former President of Brazil.Read More »