Robert’s Blog

Shining Stone China visits Red Ochre

Ms Song Qinghua, Director of Shining Stone #socialenterprise, #China paid us a visit on October 19th. Ms Song is an old friend of Red Ochre doing some amazing things with very little in the way of resource. Qinghua broke a social enterprise fact finding trip Iceland to catch-up with us and share her challenges and solutions to engaging with social need on a large scale See Shining Stone for more details. Read more »

Published: November 1, 2018.

Infographic: Sage guide to the Business Model Canvas

This is a pretty pithy summary of the Business Model Canvas from sage. It’s short, clear and practical. See the links above for more information or drop me a line with questions or comments if you’d rather speak to a person.   Read more »

Published: June 19, 2018.

Infographic: Three strategies for organic growth

This is an interesting graphic that summarises three strategies for organic growth in an organisation. For the full article see “Building an engine for growth that funds itself” at McKinsey.   Source: McKinsey Read more »

Published: May 21, 2018.

7 negotiation tactics you don’t see in the movies

I thought this was a fun way to think about negotiation. “Never say no to a hostage-taker! It’s in the manual. Are you gonna tell me ‘no’ again? Never use ‘no’, ‘don’t’, ‘won’t’ or ‘can’t’. It eliminates options. The only option left is to shoot someone.” Danny Ronan (Samuel L Jackson), The Negotiator Don’t play hardball Make the first offer Appeal to the emotions Do your homework Look for ways to grow the pie Be authentic Know when to walk way Source, and for the full article: London Business School Read more »

Published: April 18, 2018.

Don’t get eaten

Here’s a great quote from  Peter Kurzina, MIT Sloan lecturer “The role of any CEO is threefold. Make sure the company doesn’t run out of money, figure out what’s next for the company and its industry, and prepare the company for changes.” Source: MIT Newsroom Read more »

Published: April 12, 2018.

Cultivation Primer from NFP Library

Cultivation-Primer is is an interesting ebook freely available from Nonprofit Library. It’s purpose is to help nonprofits build (cultivate) key relationships with grant funders. There’s some interesting narrative, worksheets and templates. Definitely worth a look. Source: Nonprofit Library Read more »

Published: April 5, 2018.

Infographic: The 3 R’s of fundraising

This infographic (Mastering the 3 R’s of grant seeking – research, relationships, writing) from NotForProfitLibrary is a great summary of the fundamentals of preparing and writing funding bids. For more information visit NotForProfitLibrary Source:  (c) Diane H. Leonard Read more »

Published: March 29, 2018.

Infographic: SEO trends and ranking factors for 2018

There are numerous factors that affect the Google ranking of a website. That makes getting a good listing hard enough, but to make matters worse the rules are constantly changing. This summary from blogkens is a great primer for the year ahead. Read more »

Published: January 5, 2018.

AI takeover

Here’s an interesting graphic of what some experts think we can expect from AI as it develops.Source: Technology review Read more »

Published: January 4, 2018.

Infographic: Social enterprise questions

Here are the top 79 auto suggestions from Bing and Google for  questions about social enterprise. Source: Answer the Public  Read more »

Published: December 22, 2017.

Infographic: Leading the next industrial revolution

Tools and techniques to ensure your company will stand out in the new age of digitization. from strategy + business. Source: Strategy and business   Read more »

Published: August 24, 2017.

The gender pay gap: Light at the end of the funnel

I saw this in the Economist, and it makes for interesting reading. The average British woman’s salary is 29% lower than the average man’s. But women make just 1% less than men who work at the same company, at the same level and with the same responsibilities. Across Europe, the gap is similarly small. This is not to say that the labour market is free of sexism. But it suggests that the main problem is not unequal pay for equal work, but that women end up in lower-ranking jobs at lower-paying firms. Source: The Economist.   Read more »

Published: August 21, 2017.

Why be a BCorp?

As many of you (may) know I’m interested in the different ways business and enterprise can have a positive social and environmental impact.  I saw this on the @BCorpUK twitter feed, which sums up the case for BCorps quite nicely. Read more »

Published: August 21, 2017.

7 essential reads on negotiation

Want to improve your negotiation skills? Selin Kesebir, .Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School, offers her seven top books Negotiation Genius: How to Overcome Obstacles and Achieve Brilliant Results at the Bargaining Table and Beyond by Deepak Malhotra and Max Bazerman Beyond Winning: Negotiating to Create Value in Deals and Disputes by Robert Mnookin Getting Past No: Negotiating With Difficult People by Roger Fisher and William Ury Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator by Gary Noesner How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Read more »

Published: July 5, 2017.

International Safari

Last week (12th-16th June) Red Ochre were privileged to lead the #SPARKSE International Safari. Over the course of a week social enterprises from the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium met and exchanged ideas and perspectives with policy makers and commissioners, learned about approaches to innovation and social innovation and visited innovative local social enterprises in West Sussex and Brighton. The programme is led by The Platform, Brighton and West Sussex County Council and will run to the end of September 2018. Read more »

Published: June 19, 2017.