Articles & Podcasts
Sector Representation on Social Enterprise Boards
Graham Bell OBE, former Chair of the Social Enterprise Academy board, reflects on his 12 years as a trustee and his hopes for the future of social enterprise boards in Scotland.
#IYIL2019: Connecting language, culture and social enterprise
As part of the International Year of Indigenous Languages, David Bryan reflects on the role that social enterprise can play in promoting indigenous langages and cultures, while increasing their economic development.
School pupils create and sell a very special edition of The Big Issue
Pupils at 14 schools across Scotland will be selling the special edition this week after we partnered with The Big Issue to give young people a platform to raise awareness of the big issues they care about
SEWF 2018: Scotland’s young people make a lasting impact
Opening the Social Enterprise World Forum, St Alberts Primary, Glasgow and Broughton High School, Edinburgh showed exactly why Scotland should be proud of its young people.
Internationalism at the SEA Global Gathering 2018
Social Enterprise Academy Co-Founder, Jim Bennett, reflects on the international thinking that has helped shape the Academy.
Innovation and Insights: Could we benefit from a global mindset?
As a community of social changemakers, how can we benefit from a global mindset?
How Pakistan's universities are growing social enterprise
David sits down with Rehmat Khan, Social Enterprise Incubator Manager at BUITEMS Business Incubation and Entrepreneurship Center-BBIEC, to chat about how Pakistan's universities are supporting rural social enterprise.
What type of leadership does our sector need?
With the effects of austerity and increasing demand for services providing us with new challenges and opportunities - what type of leadership does our sector need to thrive?
The 'Forever Projects': Learning from community ownership
Highlands & Islands Hub Manager, David Bryan, reflects on the inspirational story of North Assynt, as well as the opportunities and challenges of community land buyouts.
Scotland & Malawi: Sparking Social Enterprise Collaboration
Sam and Karen discuss how collaboration and shared learning are igniting social enterprise ecosystems and creating real social change in Malawi and around the world.
Learning from Scotland's Rural Social Enterprises
Inspired by a visit from our colleagues at SEA Australia (from rural Victoria), we look at how Scotland has become a leader in rural social enterprise - identifying 3 underpinning themes that have contributed to this success.
Connecting Communities ‘From Over the Hill’
To tie in with the launch of our LEADER funded programmes in the Cairngorms National Park, David looks at the rich history of this area and how solutions to local challenges may be found just 'over the hill'.
Getting to the Heart of Community Leadership
Following a recent Academy programme in rural Pakistan, David reflects on the community leadership revolution in rural Scotland and what factors have contributed to its success.
SEWF 2016: Reflecting on Scotland's social enterprise ecosystem
Reflecting on this year's Social Enterprise World Forum in Hong Kong, Neil shares his thoughts into the importance of having a strong ecosystem of support (and appreciating when you have one).
Social Enterprise in the Periphery
The issues facing rural communities are all too familiar. But as the tide turns in Scotland through a rise in community-led and social enterprises, what could be behind these changes in the periphery?
How young people are embracing the power of connection
Young people are empowered by opportunities to turn their ideas into action, and they're using the power of connection and partnership to make sure it has an impact.
In Memory of Chris Higgins
Chris Higgins, our friend and Board member, sadly passed away on 31 May 2016. This is a tribute to a man who had enormous impact and was a great supporter of social enterprise in Scotland.
The Moment of Change
When you think one moment could change the one million moments that follow, we're empowered by various 'moments of realisation' where our learning really starts to click.
How can we support the next generation of social entrepreneurs?
Social enterprise is becoming fertile ground for young leaders to apply their strengths and leadership to create real social impact. So how can we encourage more of it?
A Half-Open Door to Women Leaders
Gender bias can show its face in subtle forms, but its effects can create an environment where women aren't able to really thrive as leaders.
Social Enterprises Need Entrepreneurial Boards
Governance is generally filed under "boring but important". Boards should be exciting AND important. Sadly this not commonly the case.
SEWF 2014: Making the connection between innovators, entrepreneurs and managers
As part of an international study group arranged by CEiS, Neil reflects on his visit to the Social Enterprise World Forum 2014 and an idea that came to him and his colleague.