A good article today from the Guardian discussing social markets and SIBs…

Why Social Investment Is Moving In The Right Direction
The Guardian

David Cameron’s enthusiasm for the topic is well known but there are cynics. Is the plan to grow social capital and innovation or simply to shrink the welfare state? The honest answer is probably both, although that is not necessarily a bad thing. Whatever the motives, social enterprise trends in the UK sit alongside more global moves. You can see this in the latest EU regulation on european social enterprise funds, aimed at stimulating the sector. Around the world, enthusiasm is growing within governments of every shade. Like technology, social value is not of itself a political issue.

Breaking the Binary, the new policy guide to scaling social innovation from the World Economic Forum highlights examples of the shift in global thought and ground up innovation. There is nothing so powerful as an idea whose time has come … and April through to June saw a Mexican wave of events launching the guide around the world.