From:                              Red Ochre news []

Sent:                               27 August 2013 12:08

To:                                   Robert Foster

Subject:                          China and Social Entrepreneurship


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Red Ochre China News

As some of you know Robert has spent most of July in China spreading the good work on social enterprise and speaking about the benefits as a business model.

He wasn’t able to Tweet (as access to Twitter, Facebook and other Western social media channels is restricted) but he did manage to get a few blog posts out when he had the opportunity. Follow the links below to find out more.

Down time in Beijing
Farmers markets the world over
Chongding to Beijing
Questioning the motives of social entrepreneurs
Scale, social problems and enterprise opportunities
Food for thought
Some brief reflection on social enterprise development in China and the UK
Post card from China

He found interesting to see the difference in scale and definition of social issues between China and the UK. Robert thanks all the entrepreneurs and citizens who he met and with who we are trying to make China and the world a better place, one village or neighbourhood at a time. Robert would also like to say a big thank you to the British Council China, The Skills for Social Entrepreneurs Programme, the China Youth Development Foundation and the Young Change Makers Programme.

Robert's trip to China in numbers


Tianjin – 13m

Beijing – 15m

Chongqing – 33m

Training delegates

Training sessions and workshops - 16

Start-up and emerging Social Entrepreneurs - 120

University under-graduate students - 220

MBA students - 40

Established Social Entrepreneurs and social investors - 60


Chilli deep-fried duck gizzard - 1

Finally seeing the Great Wall after how many trips to Beijing? 5


Dear Robert,Thank you very much for your great job done for our programme!

You’ve received a very positive feedback from the trainees and they’ve benefited a lot from your rich experience in social enterprise sector and the case studies you brought to them. We highly appreciate the great value you input to the training programme!

Mavis Meng, Assistant Director, Society and Development, Cultural and Educational Section British Embassy, Beijing, China

I would also like to thank you for your hard work for SfSE and CYDF, and the great values you’ve added to both projects. 

Hou Peng, Project Manager, Society and Development, British Council China

Further reading

For those of you interested in more information on china here are some useful resources.

The British Council China

The Future Health Care Group, sharing UK best practice and experience in healthcare, social care and elder care

McKinsey Quarterly, for background information and research

2012 China Social Enterprise Report, this FYSE report provides for the first time key insights into the scale of the sector as well as the performance of and the challenges for social entrepreneurs in China

Free Workshop Reminder
Making Your Business More Ethical
When: Tuesday 10th Sept, 10:00-13:00
Where: at the British Library IP Centre, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB, London
Cost: Free

This is an interactive half day workshop for owners, directors and senior managers of enterprises and organisations seeking to make their businesses more ethical and green.

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