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

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...

Is the “Extinction Rebellion” environmental protest the start of a trend?

Tens of thousands have taken environmental protesting to a new level with the Extinction Rebellion reaching 33 countries and six continents. Organisers claimed it was an opportunity for people to make their voices heard, and a chance to get together and celebrate their love for life on earth. And now, the tactics used could inspire a new wave of radical protest.

Can social enterprises really solve the “returning prisoner” dilemma?

While nothing will ever repay the victims of crime, ensuring prisoners don’t go back to a life of crime after release should surely be the objective of the prison system. Locking people up and forgetting about them is an inhumane and ultimately fruitless pursuit with re-offending rates still far too high. In the UK, many prison reformers are now turning to social enterprises and charities to work out innovative new ways of ensuring prisoners don’t re-offend. For example, one...

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