El Correo - 7 April 2013
Luisa de Amicis, Deputy Executive of Euclid Network, talks to El Correo (Spanish)
Optimist - April 2013
Filippo Addarii talks about his work with Turkey social entrepreneurs and Euclid Network's collaboration with TUSEV. Read a preview here.
(EN Executive Director blogs for Civil Society Finance)
Civil Society - 24 January 2013
The clash between non-profit purists and innovators is blocking progress of the European Commission's Social Business Iniative... read more here
(Filippo Addarii via the Guardian Social Enterprise Network)
The Guardian - 23 November 2012
(EN Executive Director Filippo Addarii writes for the Guardian Social Enterprise)
The Guardian - 29 October 2012
Would a voluntary label system for social enterprise help motivate responsible consumers and attract investment? Read more here.
Third Sector and Civil Society. - 25 October 2012
The success of a Euclid Network led campaign to reform EU funding has been hailed in the press. European Parliament adoption of the European Financial Regulation will make it easier for the third sector to receive EU funding. Read more here
(EN board member Chris Sigaloff writes for the Guardian Social Enterprise)
The Guardian - 24 August 2012
Attention is growing on people-centred innovation, which uses a participatory process to find new strategies for difficult problems. Read more here
(Euclid Network's Executive Director Filippo Addarii has been published in the Guardian commenting on Social Enterprise being at the heart of European economic strategy).
The Guardian - 20 September 2012
(EN board member in Sweden Sophia Lovgren write a piece for the Guardian Social Enterprise Network ahead of our annual conference in Copenhagen and Malmo)
The Guardian - 24 August 2012
In Sweden, the trend towards supporting more social entrepreneurs and greater social innovation has visibly gained pace during recent years. Due in part to a shift in public perception, this form of entrepreneurship with societal benefits is fast gaining recognition as an important constituent in the development of a sustainable society – in ecological, social and financial terms.
Read more here
Civil society sector central to European strategy
civilsociety.co.uk - 16 March 2012
Filippo Addarii, executive director of the Euclid Network, says the civil society sector is at the centre of a European strategy for the first time in its history, and the sector should not miss out on the opportunity.Addarii was speaking at A European Spring?, a roundtable event held yesterday on European social innovation and its business agenda.Recently, the European Commission launched the Social Business Initiative, which aims to contribute to the development of more socially responsible businesses in Europe. The Initiative is currently under consultation, and Euclid is seeking views.
civilsociety.co.uk - 16 March 2012
The chief executive of Social Enterprise North West highlighted the potential high costs involved in bidding for European funding yesterday, saying the charity had to spend £30,000 preparing for a successful bid of £6.6m in funding from Europe.Val Jones was speaking at a conference on Europe’s social innovation and social business agenda A European Spring? Jones spoke about her experiences of bidding for European funding in the past and recently. She said she had been dealing with Europe for the past 20 years and she was confident that charities could access European money. Read more
The Guardian - 13 March 2012
In November 2011, the European Union made its latest step towards recognising the value of social business by launching the Social Business Initiative, which could mark a turning point in how the union approaches this rapidly expanding sector.The Social Business Initiative has been developed to foster social business. It aims to improve funding access, to raise the profile of social business, and to simplify rules that make it difficult for social businesses to compete, to help social entrepreneurs to get off the ground. Obviously this could make a huge difference. Read More
The Guardian - 4 August 2011
In times of economic uncertainty, social problems replicated across national or international borders require radical rethinking. Sticking to conventional approaches to execute solutions from within our borders will only foster a stalemate. Far greater potential lies in inviting new thinking and inspiration from the outside and lifting the lid on the manifestation of social stigmas that have reached a chronic level.
Such social problems which may appear known or obvious on the surface require a different approach: an entrepreneurial approach. With no planned formula for success, creativity is called for to tackle the unknowns in these social equations.
10,000 Euros to Become a Social Entrepreneur Super Star ... in Naples, Italy
Forbes - 28 July 2011
Naples, Italy may be one of the most fascinating places in the world and it is about to become more so. Although Naples has an abundance of beauty, it also has its share of problems. In the past, most people or organizations would have assumed they understood the problem and could plan and then execute a solution (as an example, in a recent Tedx talk I heard the speaker recount being sent by a prominent NGO to replace inefficient, smoky fireplaces in African homes only to discover on arrival that the smoky fireplaces performed a critical function—the smoke kept bugs away from their crucial food supply. Replacing the existing stoves with the new model would have led to starvation!) Rather than falling into an old trap of assuming you understand the solution to a seemingly known problem, some smart people have decided that a different approach is needed: The International Social Innovation Competition in Naples. Read more here.
Third Sector Online - 7 September 2010
A contest to find the best European social innovations will announce 10 winning entries next month. The competition, run by the Social Innovation Exchange and Euclid Network, with the European Commission, will highlight exemplar organisations that illustrate social enterprise and innovation in Europe. Other proposals include a fund to encourage social innovation.
Third Sector Online - 24 October 2011
European Investment Fund will invest in social enterprises through intermediaries and seek match funding from private investors
The European Investment Bank, the bank of the EU, is intending to launch a €50m (£43m) social investment fund early next year, its subsidiary has confirmed…
A panel of social finance experts from institutions across Europe, convened by Euclid, a European network of third sector leaders, will also advise the European Commission on the development of a social investment strategy.
The Guardian - 22 November 2011
Social business has been hailed the "driver" of the European Commission's Europe 2020 policy dedicated to establishing innovative, sustainable and responsible business across the continent.
The Social Business Initiative, launched last week, aims to make this a reality by increasing funding, cutting bureacracy and reinforcing the reputation of social business.
The Guardian - 8 December 2011
Filippo Addarii - Executive director, Euclid Network
A step further in the right direction by the European Commission. Among the European Social Business Initiative (EIB) achievements are the recognition of the role of civil society in helping Europe to get out of the crisis and building a new sustainable development model; the €50m earmarked by the EIB to launch a social investment fund next year managed by the European Investment Fund; and the inclusion of social innovation and social business in the regulations of all the new funding streams, ie 275bn structural funds starting from 2014 - almost 1/3 of the entire EU budget.
The Guardian - 8th April 2011
When we set up the Social Enterprise Coalition, I confess I was largely focused on the UK agenda – getting social enterprise established as a business model, inserting ourselves into the policy agenda of government and with all political parties, and achieving some practical outcomes such as transforming public services, the Community Investment Company and social investment. Europe was not top of the agenda. I now think its time for the UK social enterprise sector to look to Brussels.
The Guardian -
Deng Xiaoping, leader of China after the death of Chairman Mao, established special economic zones in the 80s to experiment with market-based principles in a country than was then cut off from the global economy and riddled with poverty. The Chinese began to reform their economy by gradually testing new solutions and fostering their own interpretation of the market economy.
Those pilot schemes marked the beginning of the economic rise that has elevated China to the main table to become a geopolitical force to be reckoned with. It has arguably demonstrated the most successful case of wealth creation in modern history.
Live Q&A: Lessons from Europe - Thursday 12 May, 1-3pm
The Guardian - 9 May 2011
Social enterprise is alive and kicking across Europe. According to the European Commission, There are more than 11 million jobs in the social economy across Europe, but membership of social economy enterprises is much wider, with estimates ranging as high as 160 million.
As the former chief executive of the Social Enterprise Coalition Jonathan Bland has written recently, the EU is playing an ever greater role in shaping social enterprise.
Catherine Ashton: I want to work with civil society
Vita Europe - 23 September 2010
Last week, fifty Euclid Network members were in Brussels at the Euclid Network’s Annual General Assembly to speak with Catherine Ashton, the EU’s new High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security, and second most senior person in the EU. It was a rare public appearance and the first time she specifically addressed civil society since taking office in December 2009.
One hundred delegates from Spain, France, Italy and the UK, but also Hungary, Macedonia and Albania, attended the event. They were joined by Brussels-based policy makers and representatives from some of the most well-known civil society organisations and think-tanks.
Social Innovators Blog - July 28th 2011
Offering a prize or holiding a competition is an increasingly popular approach to identifying new ideas, but we have not come across many related to social innovation in a single municipality. The aim of “Naples 2.0 Social Innovation Competition” is to drive the brightest minds from every sector to challenge the status-quo and come up with new ideas and solutions to change a long and persisting problem. Sounds good to us!