Wowser – two Goldsmiths’ projects voted best “profit with purpose”

Two projects from Goldsmiths were yesterday voted the best “profit with purpose” initiatives at the Semi-Finals of the 2018 Santander Entrepreneurship Awards. In ICCE we are very proud that one of those was from Jack O’Donoghue on the MA Social Entrepreneurship (above, third from right).

Santander Bank Universities division have been running their annual Entrepreneurship Awards since 2011, showcasing and rewarding the best new ideas from university students, graduates and staff. The Southern Region Semi-Final was held yesterday in London at the rather sumptuous University of Liverpool’s London campus near Moorgate. Richard Hull went along to lend support to Jack, from the MA Social Entrepreneurship, and also to Rehana Al-Soltane @rehana_makes from Brunel University (above, fourth from right), who was present on behalf of Goldsmiths’ Hadeel Ayoub @HadeelAyoub studying for a PhD in Arts and Computational Technology with @goldcomputing .

Jack @jackod100 was presenting his project ‘Of The Ilk’, which is making and selling an organic cotton-based re-usable food wrapping as an alternative to cling-film. Hadeel and Rehana have developed a ‘smart-glove’, BrightSignGlove which interprets British Sign Language movements and converts them to text.

The Awards were this year grouped into two categories – ‘Tech’ and ‘Non-Tech’ – and 10 projects from each category were selected from approximately 600 entries to compete in the Semi-Finals. Two projects in each category were then yesterday selected by the judges to go forward to the Final in November where they will compete with another eight projects for over £80,000 worth of equity-free seed-funding, mentoring, a week-long accelerator, and a fully-funded intern. But this year, for the first time, there was a special additional award from each category, voted on by attendees, for the best “profit with purpose” project demonstrating social, community or environmental impact, with a potential prize of £7,500 equity-free seed-funding, the accelerator week, and a fully-funded intern.

This year was the first time any projects from Goldsmiths have been submitted, and both of our two entries have succeeded in going forward to the Finals in the “profit with purpose” category. Huge congratulations to them, and we all wish them the very best of luck.

Social Enterprise for the Environment

Richard Hull recently met up with Tom Barrett @tbarrettwrites  a multi-talented Editor of two interesting magazines – Environment Journal and New Start Magazine, the UK’s first magazine devoted to regeneration. They had a really useful and interesting discussion about all things social enterprise and why the UK is such a good place to study it. Tom has now written this up for both magazines. New Start is behind a paywall but you can read the interview for free here on Environment Journal.

Exploring some heresies in social enterprise/innovation/impact

Just to give a plug for this wonderful new project, Kittens Are Evil, from  @benmetz and friends and with some help of former colleagues of mine at Newcastle University Business School

To copy from their About section:

“Saying social enterprise, or social investment, or social innovation are flawed is like saying kittens are evil. It’s heresy!

By prefixing ‘social’ to enterprise, investment and innovation we seemingly obviate any need for a critical analysis of whether or not these enterprises, investments and innovations are social, and therefore, presumably, good.

Indeed, by broadly sidestepping any such enquiry not only do we miss the chance to explore whether they are doing any good, but also whether they are doing any bad!

This is not exactly true. Many excellent thinkers examine and critique these fields. However, their thinking and writing is generally inaccessible (often academic, often little known) and is not aggregated, nor actively promoted to those who have already drunk from the holy grail of all things social…

Kittens are Evil is a small effort to address this, to bring this thinking together, to look long and hard at all things prefixed with ‘social’ through a critical lens, and to shout about it to those with their nose to the social grindstone, trying to do good in the world.

Over the coming months we’ll be posting up some pretty academic, intense and esoteric papers, accompanied by short and accessible summaries. All these papers have one thing in common: to challenge social sector orthodoxy and inspire liberated and alternative approaches to addressing the underlying issues that these ‘social’ sectors purportedly address.

Acknowledgements and thanks to Charlotte Pell, Rob Wilson and Toby Lowe, all at Newcastle University, for the inspiration of their Little Heresies lecture series, the Kittens are Evil book, exploring heresies in public policy and their support in developing this website (including our blatant plagiarising from their original text). Thanks guys!”

Innovation in Care: Monday 12th Feb

One day conference for practitioners, researchers, and change-makers 

Date: Monday, 12th February 2018 

Location: Professor Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths College, New Cross, London SE14 6NW. 

Cost: £15 (lunch included) 

Register at: 



Brought to you by Nightingale Hammerson and the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship

9:00-9:30 – Conference registration

9:30-11:15 – Session 1

Helen Simmons, CEO, Nightingale Hammerson 

Stephen Burke, CEO, United for All Ages 

Judith Ish-Horowicz, MBE, Co-Founder and Director, Apples and Honey Nightingale CIC 

Ian Bennett, Head Teacher, Downshall Primary School 

Professor Alex Murdock 

11:30-12:45 – Session 2

Lorraine George, Childminding Development Worker, Torbay Council 

Diane Boyd, Senior Lecturer in Early Years, Liverpool John Moores University 

Jane Fonteyn, Regional Youth Development Officer, St John Ambulance 

1:30-3:10 – Session 3

Joanna James, Lead Dementia Nurse, Imperial College Healthcare Trust 

Students from Activate Learning 

Professor Julienne Meyer, School of Health Sciences, City, University of London

Simon Pedzisi, Director of Care Services, Nightingale Hammerson 

3:30-4:30 – Session 4

Alastair Addison, Head of Activities, Nightingale Hammerson 

Ali Somers, PhD, Nightingale Hammerson 

Richard Hull, PhD, Course Director, MA in Social Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths 

Register at: 



Book Launch Wednesday 6pm RHB142

We are very pleased to invite you to join us for the book launch of ‘Social and Solidarity Economy: the World’s economy with a social face’ that brings experiences from different social and solidarity economy initiatives around the world.

This book aims to provide the reader with an insight into the relevance of a section of the economy, which is often referred to as the ‘social and solidarity economy’ (SSE); and highlight some of the current issues in the field, how they are being addressed and some of their future implications. Using case studies from around the world, this book ‘Social and Solidarity Economy: The World’s Economy With a Social Face’ provides an up-to-date account of the strengths and weaknesses of these initiatives across four continents including issues that have not been researched sufficiently before (e.g. circular economy, social propaganda and its dangers, social enterprise as a panacea for NGOs in developing countries, and ‘new’ social movements).

There is growing interest in SSE initiatives among policymakers, foundations, researchers and academic institutions around the world. Despite this interest, SSE related research remains scarce. There are concerned that SSE initiatives, which contribute significantly to their local communities’ development, need to be more widely disseminated amongst the general public. The Social and Solidarity Economy: The World’s Economy With a Social Face will help promote the ground-breaking work being done by organisations and individuals but which remain undocumented and help to raise awareness of such initiatives as well as contribute to academia with a critical approach to the sector covering issues that have not been covered much before, such as the circular economy and the dangers of social propaganda.

Aimed at researchers, academics and policy makers in the fields of Social Enterprise, corporate social responsibility, tourism, International Economics as well as supporting disciplines ‘Social and Solidarity Economy: The World’s Economy With a Social Face’ looks to establish and help define the field.

This event is a chance to learn more about the book and meet the academics involved. It will be a celebration of the book and the authors, with a panel discussion and the presentation of the film feature ‘Memoirs of Solidarity’ that was produced as a result of this research.

Event outline:

  • Welcome from Richard Hull, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Author – Andres Morales (brief introduction to the book and film feature)
  • Reviewers talk about the book (Servane Mouazan, Founder of Ogunte and Richard Hull, Director of MA in Social Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths)
  • Q&A session

The book can be preordered and please do send in any questions you have for the panel who will do their best to answer them at the event.

Link to the book:

Link to the film feature:


Social Enterprise Lecture Series Spring 2018

Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship

Social Enterprise Lecture Series Spring 2018

Admission is Free; Open To All within and beyond Goldsmiths (No need to book)



Room PSH 302, Professor Stuart Hall Building

Goldsmiths, University of London, Lewisham Way, SE14 6NW

Time: Tuesdays 5 – 7pm

See here for Directions to ICCE:



Tues 9th Jan Daniel Stanley, Cohere Partners & Small Axe The Secret Advantage of Social Impact Business
Tues 16th Jan Benita Matofska, The People Who Share The Sharing Economy
Tues 23rd Jan Jonathan Rose, MotionFish Media Video production for Crowd-funding
Tues 30th Jan Roxanne Persaud, LFRSA Failure in Social Enterprise – Speaking the Unspoken
Tues 6th Feb Graham Boyd, FairShares Association & EvoluteSix The FairShares Constitution
No Guest Lecture in Reading Week, 12th – 16th February
Tues 20th Feb Ayoade Wallace, ADYNE Empowering you vs Empowering the community: The journey of a social change strategist
Tues 27th Feb Dr Giovanna Speciale, SELCE SELCE and Community Energy
Tues 6th Mar Harsha Patel, Doing Social Disrupting social innovation, pursuing inclusive innovation and co-creation for social change
Tues 13th Mar Erinch Sahan, Oxfam Oxfam’s Future of Business Initiative
Tues 20th Mar Adrian Ashton Business Model Surgery (MA Social Entrepreneurship students only)


For Full Details of each of these, please see following pages. Further enquiries to ICCE Department, or to Dr Richard Hull


Tuesday 9th January

The secret advantage of social impact business

Daniel Stanley is a social entrepreneur, speaker and communications specialist. He currently leads Cohere Partners, a consultancy that combines the worlds of social movements and brand strategy to help new ventures and corporates to build inspiring brands for sustainable social impact. He also co-founded creative campaigns agency Small Axe. Over the last 10 years he has worked with global campaigns and social businesses including Medecins Sans Frontiere, John Lewis, the Social Business Trust, Refugee Action and Belu Water. With a background in local community organising, and a MSc from the Institute of Social Psychology at LSE, his particular interest is in developing innovative means to broaden the reach and boost the ambition of social impact projects, through a deeper understanding of identity and culture.

Through practical examples and case studies, he will show how any social impact businesses can leverage their core mission to drive burgeoning popularity, outcompete their rivals and deliver sustainable social impact.


Tuesday 16th January

The Sharing Economy

Benita Matofska is a world-leading expert and speaker, renowned for her ability to captivate audiences worldwide with her knowledge, dynamism and passion for the Sharing Economy – a 21st Century phenomenon that is changing the way we think, live and do business. An award-winning social entrepreneur, she is the founder of global social enterprise and consultancy The People Who Share and Global Sharing Week, reaching over 100 million people worldwide.

Driven by the belief that sharing is a solution to our complex global problems, Benita travels the globe delivering her unique insights to people and companies seeking to integrate this economic trend into their businesses and daily lives.


Tuesday 23rd January

Video Production for Crowdfunding

Creating a winning Crowdfunding video pitch is a challenge, especially for social enterprises. The latest statistics show that less than one third of all crowdfunding campaigns reach their goal. Crowdfunders can invest weeks of preparation and spend hundreds (and in some cases thousands) of pounds on a pitch video only to see a campaign fail to reach its target. So what makes a successful crowdfunding video pitch?

In this talk delivered by Jonathan Rose, a video producer and the founder of MotionFish Media Project CIC, he will share insights and experience of producing a number of very successful pitch videos that have generated over £500,000 for his clients (including social enterprises).


Tuesday 30th January

Failure in Social Enterprise – Speaking the Unspoken

Roxanne Persaud LFRSA is an Associate Lecturer on the MA Social Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths; an independent consultant to social start-ups with a background in charity management, both in the UK and overseas; and a Life Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufacture and Commerce. She is currently conducting her doctoral research into social enterprise failure and describes herself variously as a pracademic, a socioprenuerial knowmad, network weaver, serendipiteurse, and scholar of failure. Roxanne’s tweets can be found at @Failwise


Tuesday 6th February

The FairShares Constitution

Fairshares constitution is a methodology that promotes a new approach to capital. It recognizes all capitals invested from diverse stakeholders. In EvoluteSix the primary stakeholders invest capitals related to entrepreneurial, labour, user and financial engagements. It goes beyond simple for-profit. Beyond simple social enterprise. It allows all stakeholders to have a fair share of the wealth generated by a business. It includes social auditing tools to support developing of management of capital, ethical reviews on choice of goods and services as well as production and retailing processes, and specification of social purposes and auditing of its impacts to society.

Graham Boyd is a Partner at EvoluteSix. He has been a research physicist, a manager at Procter & Gamble and a CEO of start-ups. He is also a member of the FairShares Association.


No Guest Lecture in Reading Week, 12th – 16th February


Tuesday 20th February

Empowering you vs Empowering the community: The journey of a social change strategist

Ayo Wallace is a writer, poet and activist based in North West London. For the past decade she has worked in the voluntary sector supporting not for profit community organisations and social enterprises. Through working at a grassroots level in the African Caribbean diaspora in the U.K, she has seen triumphs and challenges in creating social change and will touch on the importance of self empowerment and planning for the future. Ayo will also share her experience of empowering communities and the power of social entrepreneurship in providing vital community services as well as how community space is at risk and what social entrepreneurship can do to respond to government cuts and gentrification.

Now working as Secretary General for the African Diaspora Youth Network in Europe, Ayo has a broad perspective of social development and balancing reality with ambition in order to create greater social impact. ADYNE is an umbrella organisation that brings together African diaspora youth leaders and organisations in Europe and is currently leading a 2 year project to develop a social innovation hub in Uganda.


Tuesday 27th February

SELCE and Community Energy

Dr Giovanna Speciale is co-founder and CEO of South East London Community Energy (SELCE) a pioneering not for profit energy cooperative that aims to transform the way we produce, consume and own energy. She also sits on Board of Community Energy England; the voice for the community energy sector in the UK. SELCE was set up by a group of people who are aware of the need to tackle climate change, for a rapid transition to low carbon energy sources, and to reduce levels of fuel poverty; SELCE was formed as a vehicle for taking action in a locally focused way. SELCE currently owns and operates 326kW of community financed solar PV hosted by 7 local schools that will save them an estimated £445,000 on the costs of their electricity over the 20-year project and reduce CO2 emissions by 146 tonnes annually. SELCE is committed to reducing fuel poverty and has provided tailored energy advice to over 1260 vulnerable householders helping them to reduce energy costs and stay warm and well in winter. Giovanna brings 14 years’ experience in the community sector. Prior to working to establish SELCE she worked as a community research and participation specialist and managed community focused environmental projects. She also has an M.Sc. in Energy Policy for Sustainability at the University of Sussex (and a rather pointless Ph.D in Psychology!)

SELCE’s business model is transformational: it’s about more than social business – it’s about system change. In the three years since they have set up they have encountered multiple barriers. But they learnt a lot along the way and, in terms of size of asset ownership, they are now the largest community energy enterprise in London. The session will describe the story of SELCE from it being an idea in the minds of a few idealistic optimistic energy geeks to present day via the multiple changes in government policy that have rocked their core business model.


Tuesday 6th March

Disrupting social innovation, pursuing inclusive innovation and co-creation for social change

“Social innovation is not inclusive”. Harsha Patel, the founder of Doing Social and a practitioner in the social sector for the last fifteen years, has observed that people from underserved or underprivileged backgrounds do not have the same access to opportunities as others, to participate in, or lead the development of solutions which can improve their life chances. Doing Social seeks to create the conditions for inclusive innovation in the UK, to help fix the flaws and inherent bias they see within the social innovation ecosystem, in order to improve access to opportunities, which can strengthen sustainable outcomes. Doing Social’s business model involves working with a range of partners, including universities, to improve innovation practices and systems, and to create opportunities and resources, so that communities and beneficiaries can co-produce or lead social innovations in ways that are meaningful and helpful to their lives.

The objectives of this interactive workshop are to develop your awareness of the wide range of issues relating to inclusion (or exclusion) within social innovation, to understand the benefits of inclusive innovation, and to give you the opportunity to explore how you can co-create inclusive innovations. Harsha will walk you through a live example of how Doing Social is applying the principles of co-creation within a new degree course they have developed for a university, so you will be able to see clearly how the theory translates in practice and how you can implement these ideas in your future practice. Doing Social is a not-for-profit start-up headquartered in London and they will have a northern base in Leeds from summer 2018.


Tuesday 13th March

Oxfam’s Future of Business Initiative

Erinch leads Oxfam’s Future of Business Initiative. Erinch’s work spans both Oxfam’s enterprise development work and campaigns. Most recently, Erinch led Oxfam’s private sector team, working on collaborative partnerships and campaigns to bring about solutions to the most challenging social issues linked to global business. He also led Oxfam’s work scoring the food companies in the Behind the Brands campaign and subsequently Oxfam GBs Food and Climate Campaigns and Policy Team. Prior to joining Oxfam in 2011, Erinch worked in business, including as a market strategy manager at Procter & Gamble and in government, as a development advisor to Australia’s trade negotiation team in Indonesia. He holds both law and business degrees and has worked across Asia and Africa. Erinch is also an associate lecturer at Oxford Brookes and regularly lectures on sustainable business at various universities, including Cambridge and Exeter.


Tuesday 20th March

Business Model Surgery (MA Social Entrepreneurship students only)

Adrian Ashton has been named “one of the UK’s Top Ten business advisors” by the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Experience with management roles in a wide variety of social enterprises, community organisations and more ‘traditional’ enterprise support bodies enabled him to ‘turn around’ an ailing specialist social enterprise support agency into a nationally recognised body and gained him the recognition as an authority on social enterprises from organisations including the DTI and Bank of England.