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Join the Oxford Volunteer Consultants (OVC)

Posted by Ricardo Celaya, Monday, 25th October 2010 @ 2:43pm

  • What is the Oxford Volunteer Consultants (OVC) Club?
    The Oxford Volunteer Consultants (OVC) group is a student-run organisation, comprised mostly of full-time MBA students of the University of Oxford's prestigious Saïd Business School, who volunteer their time to consult local and international social enterprises (aka clients).  Originating from more than 40 countries, our members have taken time off from their successful, professional careers to join a one-year, competitive MBA programme.  In volunteering with the OVC, our members hope to gain practical management consulting/business experience, while contributing to the community.

    Please feel free to find out more about the club at:
    www.oxmbavolunteers.org

The Young Foundation – How to grow a social venture?

  • Tuesday, 26th October 2010 at 6pm - 7:30pm
    Location: London

    The Young Foundation will be hosting an MBA focus group and networking session looking to share…

Skoll Emerge planning meeting

  • Monday, 25th October 2010 at 12:30pm - 1:15pm
    Location: Seminar Room 13

    Where:  Seminar Room 13
    When:   Monday 25 October, 12.30pm – 1.15pm
    Bring your…

Opportunity to attend focus group and networking session at The Young Foundation on Tuesday, 26 October at 6pm. Topic: “How to Grow the Social Venture Space - An MBA’s Perspective.”

E-mail sent by Santiago Alvarez, Tuesday, 19th October 2010 @ 4:48pm

Event: The Young Foundation will be hosting an MBA focus group and networking session looking to share best practices and ideas on how to grow Social Ventures. Space is limited to first 15 who reply.

Social Ventures typical aspire to make a concerted SOCIAL IMPACT whilst being SUSTAINABLE and SCALABLE beyond the short term. As current MBA students or recent alumni, what IDEAS do you have that can help Social Ventures reach these goals and GROW? Come and share your viewpoints as next generation leaders with ideas about how to improve the social enterprise sector by making social ventures more market driven. Your valuable input will be used to feed into the Social Ventures Intermediaries Report commissioned by NESTA and due to be published in November.

We aim to discuss a few key topics such as finance mechanisms used to back social ventures, innovative commercial models, how to build the overall market appetite for social ventures, how to measure impact in these ventures, and any other innovative ideas you may have.

Drinks and nibbles will be provided. To RSVP, please email stephanie.grodin@youngfoundation.org with your name and business school affiliation (e.g. LBS, Saïd, Cambridge)

 

Who We Are:

The Young Foundation brings together insights, innovation and entrepreneurship to meet social needs. We have a track record of over 50 years success with ventures such as the Open University, Which?, the School for Social Entrepreneurs and Healthline (the precursor of NHS Direct). We work across the UK and internationally – carrying out research, influencing policy, creating new organisations and supporting others to do the same, often with imaginative uses of new technology. We now have over 60 staff, working on over 40 ventures at any one time, with staff in New York and Paris as well as London and Birmingham in the UK.

The Young Foundation
18 Victoria Park Square
Bethnal Green
London E2 9PF

http://www.youngfoundation.org/

Brief Internship/Consultancy Opportunity in the UK Education/Foundation Sector

E-mail sent by Santiago Alvarez, Thursday, 5th August 2010 @ 2:22pm

Brief Internship/Consultancy Opportunity in the UK Education/Foundation Sector

Reach to Teach, www.reach-to-teach.org , is a UK registered charity with a programme that reaches the unreached by providing education to children aged 4 to 14 in remote rural areas of India, with an initial focus in Gujarat.  They place equal emphasis on the education of girls and boys, and the educational content is delivered in the children's local language and prepares them for both primary and secondary school. Reach to Teach serves more than 2,000 children.

Reach to Teach has secured funding for the next five years. Nonetheless, they are currently seeking to raise complementary funding to expand the number of children and broadness of the program. As a result, they are seeking an Intern/Consultant to help them identify and select possible funding sources from UK foundations. They estimate the length of the project can vary between 2 and 4 weeks, and shall be finalized by the end of September 2010. The Intern/Consultant will work closely with some of the board and governing directors.

If you are seriously interested and keen in exploring this opportunity contact Juan Andres García Alvarez directly (juan.garciaalvarez@sbs.ox.ac.uk)

Brief Internship/Consultancy Opportunity in the UK Education/Foundation Sector

Posted by Santiago Alvarez, Thursday, 5th August 2010 @ 10:22am

  • Reach to Teach, www.reach-to-teach.org , is a UK registered charity with a programme that reaches the unreached by providing education to children aged 4 to 14 in remote rural areas of India, with an initial focus in Gujarat.  They place equal emphasis on the education of girls and boys, and the educational content is delivered in the children's local language and prepares them for both primary and secondary school. Reach to Teach serves more than 2,000 children.

    Reach to Teach has secured funding for the next five years. Nonetheless, they are currently seeking to raise complementary funding to expand the number of children and broadness of the program. As a result, they are seeking an Intern/Consultant to help them identify and select possible funding sources from UK foundations. They estimate the length of the project can vary between 2 and 4 weeks, and shall be finalized by the end of September 2010. The Intern/Consultant will work closely with some of the board and governing directors.

    If you are seriously interested and keen in exploring this opportunity contact Juan Andres Garcia directly (Juan.GarciaAlvarez@sbs.ox.ac.uk)

SE-OBN - Business Opportunity - Schools Plus (London)

E-mail sent by Emily Chew, Wednesday, 4th August 2010 @ 3:09pm

Business Opportunity: Schools Plus (London)

This opportunity has been forwarded for circulation to the SE-OBN, and further details are available at: http://www.schools-plus.org/recruitment/index.php

Schools Plus is a nationwide organisation that works with schools from all over the UK to:

  1. Optimise the use of facilities – typically there’s a lot of time when students aren’t in school and the building can be used for other purposes that pay.
  2. Provide trained individuals to manage these extracurricular operations (franchise model)
  3. Provide caretaking, cleaning, security, facility letting and vocational courses.

They are currently looking for a Manager for one of their London clients.  


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Schools Plus Overview

Background:
Imagine a typical secondary school, perhaps like the one you went to. By 6pm all the kids have gone home, and the school is sitting empty. Isn't that a waste? So we at Schools Plus sign a contract with the school, and then market those facilities to the local community. Want to play football? Hire our pitch. Having a wedding celebration? Hire our hall. Need a place for a meeting? We have dozens of offices, meeting rooms and classrooms. We make sure the facilities are ready for our customers, look after them while they are in school, check everything is hunky-dory after they've gone, set the alarms, lock the doors, and go home.

The benefits? Well, we make money for the school. And, more importantly, we transform them into thriving community hubs open 365 days a year. Community groups get a proper professional service. And someone (it could be you!) gets to run the whole thing like their own business.

The Role:
The key to making this whole thing work is the Manager. Marketing the premises. Showing customers round. Deciding the prices. Recruiting people to help. Doing the cleaning, the caretaking, the customer service, and the security when you don't have enough staff. Spending a LOT of time during the school day building up fantastic working relationships with the school staff. Looking after your team. It's like having your own business. You’re in charge.

It might sound a bit like a marketing job - that's what we thought when we started the business... But in fact, the marketing is pretty straightforward. The key to the job is getting to know EVERYONE at the school really well (leaders, teachers, caretakers, cleaners, cooks, support staff, guard dog...) so that you can work closely with them through the many complexities which arise.

And then, obviously, you need to manage your operation and your staff. We give you a lot of help with this – in the first year, you get an existing Manager as a Mentor. And nearly all the procedures for running community use of schools have been written up for you to read, so you’re not making it up as you go along (although you might have to make some of it up – every school is different... but, being an entrepreneur, you’ll enjoy that).

By the way, we really don't like the word "Manager", which is why we advertise for "Social Entrepreneurs". If you can come up with a better job title feel free to let us know...

(Oh, and it really is all about the relationships, just in case that wasn’t clear before.... )

Job with AVPN

E-mail sent by Jesse Kirkey, Thursday, 15th July 2010 @ 1:15am

Asia Venture Philanthropy Association (AVPN) aims to become a unique network of venture philanthropy funds and others committed to promoting high-engagement philanthropy in Asia.  It is a membership association made up of individuals and organisations interested in or practising venture philanthropy. The association will be legally incorporated in Singapore in 2010, as a non-profit membership association. 

The Network has founding financial sponsorship from CVC Asia, Baring Private Equity Asia, Adams Street Partners and 3i, as well as pro bono support from Bain & Company, KPMG, Clifford Chance, Brunswick Group and Egon Zehnder.  


AVPN is modelled on the European Venture Philanthropy Association (www.evpa.eu.com), which was established in 2004 and is today a vibrant network of over 110 organisations in 20 countries.  AVPN was founded by Doug Miller (founding chairman of EVPA) and Rob John (first Managing Director of EVPA) in order to foster the development of venture philanthropy across the region. 


AVPN’s diverse membership will include venture philanthropy funds, grant making foundations, private equity firms and professional service firms, philanthropy advisors and business schools. 


The AVPN will adopt a ‘hub & spokes’ structure: a central secretariat led by the Managing Director; with regionally based coordinators responsible for serving local country/sub-regional chapters. This structure will be progressively rolled out during the start up phase. 
With the formal establishment of its secretariat in Singapore, AVPN is recruiting its founding Managing Director to lead the development of the Network and provide services to members.  For more information please see the attached job description and go to www.avpn.asia.

A list of new job postings and take a break this evening...

E-mail sent by Grace Sai, Thursday, 1st July 2010 @ 1:36pm

Hello everyone, 

Firstly, a reminder about the year-end celebration with the Skoll Centre this evening. Take a break, take a stroll, come join us in a homey environment with some food and drinks, details below:

Thursday, 1 July 2010
5:30pm - 7:00 pm
Pamela Hartigan's Home
5 Plantation Road, Oxford


Please RSVP to skollcentre@sbs.ox.ac.uk as soon as possible (or at this point, just drop by?)

See you there!


Special Request from Alum to vote by this Friday!!

E-mail sent by Karin Lui, Thursday, 1st July 2010 @ 1:11pm

Dear Members,

Hope paperwriting is going well.  If you need a reason to procrastinate (as you can tell I am doing this right now by sending this newsletter) see the below message from an alum, Lindsay Miller, who needs our votes by this Friday

Check it out:

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Hello Social Entrepreneurs of 2010!

My name is Lindsay Miller, class of 2008, and I've been quietly reading your SEOBN blasts each week with interest and a bit of nostalgia for the days of the MBA :) I was hoping to reach out to this network for support on a start-up initiative that I've been working on with my husband (partner class of '08) and Pierce Louis (SBS class of '06).

Dirt Hugger is a small-scale, replicable community composting company. Our pilot site is set to launch in the coming weeks, and we've entered into the Plastiki Beat Waste Startup Challenge (up to $25,000 for the winning concept) for much needed start-up funding. We need to collect enough votes by this Friday to move on to the next round! Please take a few minutes to check out our video pitch, register, and VOTE for Dirt Hugger!


We'd love to hear your comments and feedback, as well.

Here's the link to the video and voting page:
http://www.myoocreate.com/challenges/the-plastiki-beat-waste-startup-challenge/entries/359

Congratulations on finishing up Trinity Term! You're nearly there...

Very best,
--
Lindsay Miller
Resource Cultivator
Dirt Hugger, LLC

Tel: (541) 490-7365
Email: lindsay@dirthugger.com

OBA London Volunteer Day - This Saturday!

E-mail sent by Karin Lui, Monday, 28th June 2010 @ 11:39pm

All -

The OBA London Chapter has invited us to their Volunteer Day this Saturday.  See below for details.

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OBA London Volunteer Day
Saturday 03 July 2010
9:30 - 15:00

@ Youth Project
50 Dame Street
N1 7FR London
United Kingdom


Many of us used to volunteer in our previous lives but haven’t yet had time to sort out this issue what with the demands of living in a new city and our jobs. We would like to change that this summer!

How? By helping The Islington Play Association (IPA) construct a new playground in the Islington Borough.

Why? Despite Islington’s reputation as a fashionable place to live and socialise it is, in fact, the 4th poorest Borough in London. It has less open space and fewer parks for children to play in than any other London Borough. 

The IPA has worked for over 35 years to improve children’s lives in Islington by supporting and developing adventure playgrounds, providing nursery and out-of-school care and by supporting other voluntary organisation working with children.

What will we do? We will help in construction work for a new Adventure playground which could mean carpentry work, planting and gardening, wheeling around loads of bark chips and gravel and installing playground structures like swings, tree houses and rope bridges. We hope to muster a team of at least 10 people but IPA is prepared for a maximum of 50 people helping out.

When? Saturday 3rd July. IPA will provide all equipment, just bring a spirit of fun and help (and some sturdy shoes, work clothes and a sandwich or two to share).

Need more information? Sign up to attend here www.volday.eventbrite.com
<http://www.volday.eventbrite.com> and please consider making a donation (we suggest £10) to support construction of a Special Tubular Slide for this playground. The total cost is £19,000 for the Special Tubular Slide and the IPA has already raised £4,000.


Thank you all in advance and we hope to see as many of you come out that day. Also please do let us know (contact james.mcalister@oba.co.uk or vinay.nagaraju@oba.co.uk) if you would like to help in setting up this or other OBA volunteer days.




 


 

A Year-End Celebration with the Skoll Centre + Job Opening

E-mail sent by Karin Lui, Sunday, 27th June 2010 @ 9:44pm

All! 

Hope paper writing and exams are going well! Some end of the year annoucements: a year-end celebration with the Skoll Centre and a job opening.

Enjoy the beautiful weather!
Karin

Summer Internship Opportunity with GSMA Development Fund!

E-mail sent by Karin Lui, Monday, 14th June 2010 @ 4:30pm

Dear Members,

Apologies for clogging your inbox, but if you're interested in women's empowerment, marketing, mobile communications, or strategic consulting an exciting opportunity has arisen to work with the GSMA Development Fund team for the summer in their central London head office!

GSMA Development Fund ‘mWomen’ team of four people are currently designing the framework of the mWomen Programme, and need a strategic thinker to help devise solutions for mobile network operators and create innovative business models to increase access and services to women in their local markets.

The mWomen Programme work with strategic partners to address the access and connectivity issue effecting women in developing world and to drive female handset adoption. The intern will work specifically with a marketing consultant on building the marketing toolkit enabling MNO’s to target the female segment generically and specifically in country.

For more information see attached.
 
If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Pamela Hartigan ASAP.

Update

E-mail sent by Karin Lui, Friday, 11th June 2010 @ 8:05am

All,

Just an update on the On Purpose recruitment next week, please note that it's been moved to Andrew McCormack and please sign-up via CareerConnect

Also, wanted to let you all know that later this month some high profile guests are coming to Oxford Union for the World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment including former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik and US Secretary for Energy Steven Chu.  Sign-up quickly if you want to attend!

Peace,
Karin  

7th Week Newsletter

E-mail sent by Karin Lui, Wednesday, 9th June 2010 @ 4:43pm

Dear SE OBN Peeps,

7th Week is upon us and everyone is busy!  So, I'm going to make this newsletter short and sweet. 

Be sure to mark your calendars for next Monday when Candice Motran (MBA 08-9) is coming to recruit for On Purpose. Also, Tim Jones is available so please sign up. Finally, take a look at Skoll:Emerge 2010 and if you love fashion and social entrepreneurship be sure to check out the opportunity with Elvis and Kresse.

Cheers,
Karin

6th Week Newsletter

E-mail sent by Karin Lui, Monday, 31st May 2010 @ 3:05am

All,

Hope you all enjoyed Intrapreneurship week!  

For this week, just a reminder that SE jobs are being posted on CareerConnect so be sure to set up your job alert. Also, this Wednesday in London, Business Fights Poverty is hosting a conference to on how to better apply the results of impact measurements to drive improved business performance and greater development impact (see below for further details).

Happy 6th Week and best of luck to those who have assignments due to this week!! 

Cheers,
Karin

5th Week Newsletter

E-mail sent by Karin Lui, Monday, 24th May 2010 @ 2:26am

Dear Members, 

Intrapreneurship week has finally arrived!  Be sure to check out the events. 

Also, for alumni -- see urgent job posting for Hammersmith and Fulham Circle.  You can apply via email or CareerConnect.

Enjoy the lovely weather!
Karin

3rd Week Newsletter

E-mail sent by Karin Lui, Thursday, 13th May 2010 @ 1:40am

All!

A quick newsletter detailing upcoming social entrepreneurship conferences.  Also remember to keep your calendars free for our Intrapreneurship Week during 5th Week.

Good luck to those competing at the MBAT!  

Cheers,
Karin

1st Week Newsletter

E-mail sent by Karin Lui, Tuesday, 27th April 2010 @ 11:53am

Dear SE OBN Members!

Welcome back to Oxford!  I hope you all had an amazing time trekking, vacationing, interning or just lazing around. :) 

We've got quite a few things planned for this term beginning with a general meeting this Thursday during lunch.  Come with your thoughts, suggestions, criticisms, and philisophical musings...we'd love to hear from you.

We know it's time to start job searching. Kim Alter is available until May 1st and welcomes anyone to set up a time to chat about careers, starting a business, and whatever else.  Also, there are SE jobs up on CareerConnect so be sure to set up the filter to have them delivered to your inbox!

We've included some upcoming SE-related conferences at Oxford and in France and Mumbai and for those who missed the Skoll World Forum, check out what your fellow students had to say on Social Edge. 

Finally, a reminder to save week 5, our Intrapreneurship Week.  The team is working hard to bring some amazing speakers, and are planning some workshops and competitions.

And if you have time, can't be bothered to read another case study, check out this recent very cool article from the Economist
http://www.economist.com/specialreports/displaystory.cfm?story_id=15879369

Cheers,
Karin

Private Screening of Countdown to Zero & Acumen Fund London Chapter Meeting

E-mail sent by Karin Lui, Monday, 12th April 2010 @ 4:29pm

All -- Hope you're all enjoying yourselves wherever you are in the world! Check out below, if you're around in Oxford be sure to check out the Private Screening of Countdown to Zero!


Social Entrepreneurship OBN

Networks: Oxford University, Saïd Business School

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