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Social enterprise is not social change, when women map the world, happiness & more!

Published Date: 25 March 2018

Each week, the SIX team will be sharing their favourite pieces of reading. The content will be organised thematically, and each piece will tie to work that is currently being undertaken by the organisation. Enjoy!

Social enterprise

Louise Pulford: Social Enterprise Is Not Social Change

Solving systemic social problems takes people, politics, and power—not more social entrepreneurship. (via Stanford Social Innovation Review, Spring 2018)


Sophie Monaghan-Coombs: When Women Map the World

A look into the male-dominated field of cartography and the effect male-centred map making has had on communities as well as recent attempts to redress this balance. (via City Lab, March 2018)

Universal basic income

Duncan Collins-Adams: Rutger Bregman: ‘Basic income is all about the freedom to say no’

The radical Dutch historian lays out the key arguments of his book Utopia for Realists: The Case for a Universal Basic Income, Open Borders, and a 15-hour Workweek. (via The Financial Times, March 2018)


Megumi Koyama: The National Geographic Twins and the Falsehood of Our Post-Racial Future

National Geographic magazine has made a rare, and refreshing, admission of past racism. The April issue opened with a letter from the editor, Susan Goldberg, presented with the even more sombre headline “For Decades, Our Coverage was Racist. (via the New Yorker, March 2018)

Megumi Koyama: Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys

A recent study in the United States showed that African-American boys raised in even in the wealthiest families and living in some of the most well-to-do neighborhoods, still earn less in adulthood than white boys with similar backgrounds. (via The New York Times, March 2018)


Duncan Collins-Adams: Finland is the happiest country in the world, says UN report

Nordic nations take top four places in happiness rankings, with annual study also charting the decline of the US. (via The Guardian, March 2018)

South Korea

So Jung Rim: South Korea joins impact investment “revolution"

(Via Pioneers Post, March 2018)

Social innovation

Julie Munk: Social innovation in rural development: identifying the key factors of success

Which factors bring forward social innovation? Where in the innovation process do they take effect? To what extent can rural development policy purposefully exert influence on these factors? (via Wiley Online Library, March 2017)