Our work is underpinned by the belief in the potential of social entrepreneurs to generate effective solutions to social problems, and in the cross-sector collaboration that can allow such ingenuity to thrive.
The UK should be a place where people are not trapped in poverty, but where they can get the help they need and want, to lead independent and fulfilling lives.
... the cycle of poverty that persists from generation to generation has existed here for far too long; fighting it with "business as usual" is not an acceptable strategy.
… key to ending poverty is improving economically disadvantaged people's access to skills, education and jobs.
... to that end, there are some important innovations being piloted in the UK, which have the potential to transform aspects of our society, and which need to be brought to national attention.
... that with the necessary support, social entrepreneurs can
realise significantly greater impact on the tough, systemic
problems they aspire to solve.
... Impetus has a responsibility to both provide and build support for initiatives with this potential to transform society.
... that in order to achieve our maximum impact, Impetus needs to help social sector innovators and their partners connect with policymakers and thought leaders. We hope this activity will inform policy, improve the capital market for social innovation, and encourage a national dialogue about how we can dramatically improve access to education, skills and jobs.
Further, we believe that…
… available money should be channelled to winning organisations rather than trying to be divided equally across the social sector.
… rigorous measurement and evaluation are needed in order to identify and grow these winning organisations so they can have their greatest impact.
… money alone will not be enough to transform them
… they will also require the best expertise we can make available to them. Skilled professionals have a responsibility to contribute in the most meaningful ways they can, by helping to transfer their skills and build the capacity of winning organisations.
Read more about our participation in government consultations.
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