If there was an award for the finest organisation in the world based on criteria that included scale, profitability, quality, profound social impact, and an ability to inspire and educate others, then Aravind Eye Care System would surely be the only contender.
How does your company balance a triple-bottom line – measuring profit, social impact, and environmental impact? How could your company be more socially and / or environmentally responsible? How could you partner with other organisations to ensure sustainable local and global impact? Check out the posts below to find out more.
What’s the biggest challenge facing leaders today? The shit’s hitting the fan – what keeps you going? These are the questions we asked some of the attendees at Oxygen.
After two days digitally marooned in the beautiful Berkshire countryside, surrounded by 90 leaders keen to discuss the challenges faced by those who want to change the world for the better through business, coach and social entrepreneur Lily Lapenna-Huda reflects on Oxygen and on her own leadership.
Our wonderful illustrators, Matt and Danny, produced these illustrations live at On Your Marks as our speakers were speaking. A wonderful record of the stories and insights each speaker shared with us. Click on each to view a larger image and enjoy!
Behavioural Economics is about “changing behaviour without changing minds”. It is about nudging individuals, groups or institutions toward desired actions without going down the well-worn knowledge = awareness = change route. For leaders it is useful not just to identify ways to shift behaviour but also to understand why, often despite best efforts, behaviours sometimes refuse to budge.
In a week where the departing Chief Inspector of Prisons criticised the government for failing on its ”rehabilitation revolution” promise, we look at the role employment and employers can play in cutting reoffending and curbing the growth of the UK’s prison population, and at the benefits this can bring to us all.
I arrived at Sheepdrove, the first venue of my Connect year, with the final leg of the journey being a beautiful drive through a misty countryside. Reassuringly, the signal on my Blackberry disappeared just as we arrived. Always a bitter sweet moment.
Roy Disney once said “It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are”.
Varun Sahni, Managing Partner at Investment Impact Partners, talks about the failures in our criminal justice system at Wavelength Connect, On Your Marks 2014
Varun Sahni, Managing Partner, Impact Investment Partners and his colleagues believe that one of the greatest failures of our society is the criminal justice system. They are using the concept of information to help inmates become more integrated with society both while serving their time and upon release.
Well Told Story uses various forms of media and a group of fictional characters to tell stories aimed at young people in Kenya. The message they are trying to get across is that each individual needs to step up and help themselves to build a better future.
Rob Burnet, Managing Director, Well Told Story is clearly passionate about promoting change in the country. Throughout this talk Rob explains why the concept has had so much success and shares a few examples. He is both entertaining and inspiring.
Although long, this fascinating video by Henry Ashworth, Chief Executive, Portman Group is well worth a watch. He begins by telling us a little bit about his history and his perhaps unlikely journey into his current role in the alcohol industry before discussing in more depth what Behavioural Economics is and how it can be applied to help policy change.
The 19th Century author and humourist Mark Twain once said that “the two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Little did he know then that his simple but painfully exposing challenge would force some of Britain’s top leaders to contemplate the meaning of their lives, the importance of their work and the human values that drive them.
What is ‘behaviour change’? Where do you start if you want to “move millions”? How do organisations equip themselves to effect lasting social change? This video begins the conversation with three perspectives on three fundamental questions from Joshua Gryniewicz, Cure Violence, Henry Ashworth, The Portman Group and Rob Burnet, Well Told Story.
Sustainability is a must to survive; it must be on business leader’s radars. Wolgang Gregor shares his thoughts on sustainable business at On Your Marks, Connect 2013.
Faisel Rahman, Founder and CEO of Fair Finance joined our Connect members at On Your Marks 2013 to share his story of bringing micro finance to the UK.
Sophie Tranchell, Managing Director of Divine Chocolate joined our Social Innovation Panel at On Your Marks 2013. She shared her thoughts with our Connect members on Leadership in Social Innovation. Sophi Tranchell is a regular speaker at Wavelength events click …
Matt Stone from Visualised has beautifully captured the salient points of our Social Innovation Panel with Faisel Rahmen, Founder & CEO of Fair Finance; Wolfgang Gregor, Secretary General Global Off-Grid Lighting Association; Sophi Tranchell, Managing Director Divine Chocolate and Thulsi Ravila, …
Wavelength’s very own Liam Black challenges you to think about what your organisation could be doing to change the world for the better through business. Globally, businesses such as Danone are creating new ways of working to put social innovation at the centre of their business – doing good and making a profit.
Emmanuel Faber, COO, Danone on Corporate Social Innovation: Benefits, Challenges, Risks and Opportunities
Emmanuel Faber, COO, Group Danone, on the highs, lows and what the company is learning from their Corporate Social Innovation business.
Julie Hanna is Chair of the Board for Kiva, the online micro-lending company. In this short video Julie shares her thoughts on the internet as a democratising force, leadership, entrepreneurship and social business.
As many of us shake off the torpor of the Thanksgiving holiday, the appalling turn of events during that post-stuffing mad dash for stuff known as “Black Friday” will prove more difficult to digest. Black Friday, of course, is a …
By Polly LaBarre “Empowerment” has long been the buzzword in both management and development circles. All too often it refers to what the powerful have to give to the powerless. But at its core, the practice is about recognizing, respecting, and …
By Polly LaBarre While it’s fair to say that most of the world has woken up to the gravity of the contraction of our natural and financial resources, it’s all-too-often the exception when one of our leaders stands up against the …
By Polly LaBarre While the financial markets roiled and economic meltdown gripped the globe, our three days nestled in the bucolic tranquility of the English countryside at Wavelength100 might have seemed like an attempt to escape reality. Instead it was an …
For a week in 2009 and again in 2010, we gathered an international group of social entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, and innovators in Bangladesh. We spent time getting under the skin of Grameen, the world’s best-known social purpose company, as the guest of Nobel Laureate, Professor Mohammad Yunus.