Simon Francis

Simon Francis is a contributing writer at Grit Daily. Based in the United Kingdom, Francis covers news from the U.K. each week. To let him know about your good news email him at therooftop.news.

Where do libraries fit in the digital age?

Dusty libraries filled to the brim with ancient tomes are a thing of the past. In a digital age, today’s libraries are adapting to be relevant to modern society. In the UK, this digital library revolution is being led by the biggest of the lot, the British Library. The skinny on “book lending” Late last year, they launched a unique ‘Human Lending Library’ to allow social enterprises to borrow skills and advice from experts. Social enterprises are businesses which use the...

Welcome to a social-enterprise future

Is capitalism “broken?” The waves of protests against the status quo continue and business as usual is just not sustainable anymore. This means we need a new, better, future for work. One which moves away from materialism and which respects the role that stock markets and a demand-led economy can play. This may sound radical, but even capitalists agree. In Scotland a new stock exchange is set to launch, currently going by the codename Project Heather. The exchange will assess a...

Move over Mad Men, now marketers are measuring social impact

PRs, spin doctors and publicists might be best known for their portrayals in Absolutely Fabulous, Mad Men and House of Cards. But the real story is different. Far from the TV characters, the UK public relations industry has taken steps to measure its social impact. The first ever analysis of the social impact of PR and communications agencies has revealed that 80% of practitioners have helped meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their work. Of the 17 UN SDGs, four stood out...