Help us tell the world about Britain’s rising social economy

by The Social Economy Alliance
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About the project

Goals

Tipping Point £5,000
Get them at the gates! £10,000
The walk to work £25,000
Final Goal! £34,908
£26,630
tipping point
£30.000
20%
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
12hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
In the UK there are hundreds of thousands of organisations working for a triple bottom line. The Social Economy Alliance has been founded by a number of them to make the General Election the one where we break through. Big businesses and big NGOs invest in their airtime and speak with one voice on the big issues that unite them. Now it’s time for us to do the same.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
400+ organisations have joined the social economy alliance. They are social enterprises, social lenders and investors, trading charities, universities, housing associations and all sorts of organisations who believe that trading for social purpose is the best chance we have to tackle the big problems the world economy faces. But there are 70,000 social enterprises, employing a million people and contributing £24billion a year to the economy. On top of this there are co-operatives, social lenders, trading charities, and many more. If just 10% of them joined our cause, we could start to rival the CBI and the big NGOs that are campaigning to influence the way politicians think
What is your solution?
If we act quickly, together, we can mount a low-cost, high-impact outdoor advertising campaign that will rival anything that big business or big NGOs can do. We want to cut through the noise before party conferences and the Autumn term kick off. This is a General Election year, and we need our politicians to recognise that we are a force to be reckoned with. We have already had some great coverage in the free media. Now is the time for us to move ahead with a blitz on Westminster's Billboards and transport. No one organisation dominates the Alliance. All our policies and our ideas are crowd-sourced. Now we want to see if we can crowd-fund some real noise.
How will you deliver this?
We have already had some great coverage in the free media. Now is the time for us to move ahead with a blitz on Westminster's Billboards and transport.

Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Join the Social Economy Alliance by visiting www.socialeconomyalliance.org.uk Or tweet your message using the #socialeconomy hashtag
  • 5 minutes
    Send our social economy mock-ballot card to your local MP and/or prospective parliamentary candidate to tell them you want a more social economy for the UK.
  • 15 minutes
    Help us arrange a visit to your constituency! We are always on the lookout for great examples of how local economies are getting pro-social. If your organisation has a story to tell and you’d like us to organise a visit from a politician or prospective politician so you can tell it, email Shehan.perera@socialenterprise.org.uk Don’t forget to tell him what it is you want to show politicians about how a more social economy is working in your area
  • 30 minutes
    Help us
  • A few hours
    Come to one of our events – we hold them around the country, and will be having events at all 3 party conferences this year. Keep up to date by registering at

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

The UK is well-recognised as a world-leader in developing a more people-powered, crowd-funded economy. Our national economic and social policies must now support this economy, which turns the ingenuity and passion of citizens and communities into economic, environmental and social value. Our mission is to help create a smarter, more balanced, open and productive economy:

Our track record

The organisations who founded the Social Economy Alliance have a great track record. Most recently we were successful, together, at supporting the Social Value Act through Parliament, winning cross-party support. The Act is still in its infancy, but it means that, for the first time by law, all public bodies in England and Wales must consider the economic and environmental wellbeing of the area they serve, and what social value they can create when commissioning public services.