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Who would like to support one of the most amazing sports that most people have never seen? Imagine a cross between ice hockey and 5-a-side football. Power, balance, passion and skills – all with metal sticks and a football. This is of course a very overt request for partners to step forward.
The amputee footballers of England (and the wider UK) have been growing their own sport for some years now with only relatively superficial support. I’ve been away from the sport for too long and want to help these elite athletes and the grassroots programme that supports them.
Please take a few minutes to check out the photos and videos below and then get in touch via the links below…
I was always stunned by the lack of media / corporate support for such a photogenic sport that is pure adrenaline and poetry. Once during my spell in charge of the England team we had a media team courtesy of One 2 One (or T-Mobile as they were once called) follow us on a World Championship in Rio de Janeiro in 2005. This was during a short period of strong commercial and governing body support as disability football was hitting a larger audience, but very little happened after the event was over, and then external support headed downhill for a while.
Much has changed since then. One of the biggest challenges was the quality of organisation at a global level but many, many more international teams now play, and grassroots participation is accelerating too. The players stepped up and took it over themselves, again, as it was in the start many years ago before the FA dabbled.
The England Amputee Football Association (EAFA) are looking to talk to any potential supporters, especially of the commercial kind to take amputee football to the next level at home and abroad. A huge opportunity on the horizon. Great timing and a great sport.
Who wants a piece of this?…
Here’s some more about the EAFA team and the players from an older video via The Guardian.
These guys have done a brilliant job of getting their sport to where it is now and all support can only accelerate a truly special sport with a bright future. Imagine being part of the bigger team when they win the World Championship? Trust me there is no better feeling and n spectacular opportunity for all partners!
And as a treat for reading this far, a special goal from the 2010 World Championship Argentina v Japan game…
Apologies for this post, but this is all about not-so-Despicable me. No offence taken at all if you click away at this point, as I need to indulge myself a little.
After seven and a half years of all things Coethica the time is ready for me to evolve. I know not what that change is specifically at this particular moment – all suggestions are very welcome from anywhere, or any sector in the world – but a new direction will be forged. Some interesting offers are being considered but for the sanity of everybody around me my main hat will at least be worn much less from this day on.
The reason for this channel of personal thinking out loud is to help clear my head and also tap into and share with some of the many amazing people and organisations I have met and shared many ideas online. I am by nature an explorer, a passionate creative nuisance intent on leaving our world better than it would have been without me.
After falling in love with the purest form of this thing called CSR (i.e. holistic, balanced and embedded – you know the one, the lesser spotted variety) about 15 years ago I’ve met leaders from global CEO’s to local start-up entrepreneurs in deprived communities that have both dazzled and depressed. I’ve set up social enterprises, supported corporates and what feels like everything in between. I’m sure there’s a couple of books in there somewhere.
I know for a fact business can change the world, most of the time it just needs giving the confidence to try harder.
This is not to say Coethica will be no more, version 2 is defined and ready to roll, it is that it needs at least somebody else at the helm. Let me know if you want to find out more and take the reins of a ready-made social business to change the world! My gift to the right person, with maybe a couple of thin strings.
It has been for the most part a lonely journey, both geographically and intellectually, setting off in 2005 to challenge and inspire the small and medium market (but not excluding the corporates) to see the benefits of all things CSR / social enterprise /’pick your ethical business buzzword’ all atop a rollercoaster of a personal life that until recently only began to give me genuine freedom to get out and begin to deliver what we had learned through years of grassroots SME and corporate ‘market research’.
Sometimes the hardest decision in the world is being honest with yourself and make that change to re-energise spiritually. My wonderful wife and wider family have supported me through some magical highs and crushing lows and I owe it to them to take a more simplified path. Spinning too many plates for too long, however impressive at the time, is a recipe for one hell of a mess of crockery, not that I’ve broken many but I’ve been close to a couple of wobblers.
In short, I’m taking a the next couple of months to explore my own future as a real person separate from Coethica – a hard task for any entrepreneur, and the options on the horizon so far just don’t feel like the right fit. So, if you or anybody you know has a challenge they need help with or a gap that needs filling, by somebody of certain unique cocktail of experiences and abilities, well, as long as it serves a greater good, my intrigue is open for discussion.
If anybody should want a more focused summary of me, give me a call (get in touch via the comments) as I like a good natter, or for the more passive / furtive out there, my LinkedIn profile is probably as good place to start as any.
And just for pure childish summer fun, here is the trailer for Despicable Me 2. Enjoy. Freeeeze Ray!
Sometimes the world can feel like an overwhelmingly big place and we, as individuals, can do little on our own to make it better against the tide of challenges and barriers, especially our own self-limiting beliefs.
There are those who believe differently though. Are you one?
yourbigyear.com has launched its third year of a global competition that doesn’t take no for an answer when it comes to social impact and talent. Last year I spent some time talking to Chris Arnold, Founder of the Smaller Earth Group that created Your Big Year and shared a few thoughts in this blog post.
So, if you’re aged between 18 – 30 and think you’ve got what it takes to be a global ambassador for the greater good, I dare you to watch the video below.
12 winners from around the world will be flown to Liverpool for the final round and the overall winner walking (or flying) away with the year of a lifetime and a springboard to an amazing career.
World Merit Co-Founder Marti Wigder Grimminck says “We are looking to connect and support the world’s talent, the next generation of leaders. Diversity and common purpose brings about innovation and social change.”
Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is wrong
If you work in social enterprise or a charitable organisation make sure you find 18 minutes and 55 seconds to watch the video below.
I’ve seen the link to this video enthusiastically being bounced around the social media world for a few days and I finally managed to squeeze in a watch over lunch today.
I’ll let Dan do the talking first and add a few thoughts after you’ve heard what he has to say…
He’s absolutely on the money and he knows what he’s talking about. Too many in the social world are too disconnected from the strengths of the private sector.
I also understand that even given an acceptance of his ethos the next massive barrier is the delivery quality of this more aggressive approach to fundraising and marketing. Increased overheads can only be justified by operational results, and social impact over any agreed time period.
The big challenge is to encourage a significantly stronger entrepreneurial approach to social impact and mitigate the unease created by the increased blurring of the boundaries between private sector methodologies and social sector aspirations.
What will the Amazon of the social impact world look like?
Written by davidcoethica
March 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm
“the premier, international platform for accelerating entrepreneurial approaches and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing social issues.”
In reality it was far more surreal than that and not just another do-gooder conference.
How else could you define a gathering of Hollywood stars*, An Archbishop, A legendary singer singer-songwriter, A Queen, thought leaders from across the social and environmental spectrum and countless unsung international heroes delivering grassroots change for good? Aside from the recognisable names it was an education in its own right to meet a myriad of social entrepreneurs to learn directly from their individual successes, failures and share knowledge.
From the beginning it was a bewildering array of workshops with any one of the six or so at a time tantalisingly offering insight into world-changing best practice. Not a place for those who struggle to make decisions, never mind including any consideration of the Oxford Jam fringe events on top.
I never find it easy to report back from such events beyond a couple of minutes of initial ferocious note taking before falling deeply into the intellectual debate. The key themes that emerged to me were those of solidarity, simplicity, scale and passion. I know I’ve developed a penchant for over-simplification of late, quite possibly workload related, but the 3 days in Oxford reminded me of how simple the world really is. We make it complicated usually to justify our own fiefdoms for numerous reasons. Firstly it’s about our planet, then every single person on it. See? Simple. Read the rest of this entry »
Written by davidcoethica
April 5, 2011 at 3:22 am
It’s my first time at the Skoll World Forum and the previous couple of week’s worth of business trips had conspired to smother any expectations I may have had since receiving the invite.
Without any thought of detailed expectations apart from a stellar line up and an educational trip to Oxford, it was always going to be a refreshing journey into the latest global state of play of social entrepreneurship.
The event begins in earnest tomorrow with today providing mostly introductions, networking and a couple of fringe events but the opening plenary really got things moving.
Haunting yet stirring music from Senegalese singer and guitarist Baaba Mal instantly roused the audience to set the stage, literally, for Jeff Skoll himself, the ex-eBay President and now Founder and Chairman of the Skoll Foundation to open the event’s theme of ”Large Scale Change – ecosystems, networks and collaborative action“.
One of Jeff’s favourite Oxford philosophers, Theodor Guisel, or Dr Suess as he’s better known, was offered up as an analogy for the world of social entrepreneurs. The 1920′s Oxford student’s decision to not only bend but break the rules of writing stories, according to Jeff, was “a great emblem for those wanting to make a better world.” Read the rest of this entry »
As the lifeblood of every economy small businesses are at times a fairground of ride of passion, creativity, risk taking, commitment and increasingly values driven considerations. Rather than me attempting to bravely interpret their stories I thought I’d let them tell you themselves. Some are very new businesses, some are well established. Some are officially social enterprises, some are private limited companies. To me it doesn’t matter.
This is the first in a series about real people with wonderful ideas and lessons to be shared. If you know about an entrepreneur with an unsung story of innovation, success or lessons to be shared let me know and let’s spread the word.
First up is Peter King, Founder of Ethecol. Ethecol is a social enterprise, as a registered Community Interest Company (CIC), that aims to challenge the stale financial services industry. By providing merchant services (Chip & Pin card payment terminals & tariffs) and donating all of the profit from every card transaction to good causes, Ethecol is a beacon of virtue in a stagnant crowd of profit blinkered banks.
Written by davidcoethica
February 8, 2011 at 2:39 am
Here’s a quick list of CSR mistakes made by small businesses.
Some of the headings may sound a touch exaggerated, but trust me far worse happens in reality. Names have been with held to protect the not so innocent!
Thinking CSR isn’t for smaller businesses
I had to put his first didn’t I? Think of CSR as a lens to improve your business performance. The core principles work at every level from pre-start up to multi-national. It should be about balance, innovation and unfortunately not so common sense.
Trying to hack your electricity meter won’t reduce your carbon footprint
The old days of the colourful myths surrounding tricks to stop, or slow down mechanical electricity / water / gas meters are fading fast, but not without an element of truth behind their origins, or at least in those attempting to beat the system. The point here is that either trying to manipulate the system or passing your carbon usage onto suppliers or customers is missing the point and will boomerang back and explode at a later date – not carbon offsetting. Nothing beats robust measurement, management and reporting! Read the rest of this entry »
Since a blog post is well overdue, with indicative distractions from posting to follow, I thought it time to scramble an attempted summary of events of recent weeks.
My day job using Coethica to encourage CSR in the world of smaller businesses often introduces me to incredibly passionate, innovative and challenging business ideas and entrepreneurs. The past couple of months have been especially fun.
Two new clients in particular ticked all the above boxes and at the same time threw me deep into the wonderfully perverse world of financial services.
What can I say, apart from Peter King? I’ll tell you more about Ethecol at a later date but suffice to say a truly great concept for a social enterprise born out of a typically uninspiring financial services offering. Read the rest of this entry »
Written by davidcoethica
September 29, 2010 at 12:07 am
Below you’ll find links to some great content on this week’s sustainable business related topics from respected bloggers.
Let’s get on with the show…
Hitting hard at the Test Your Strength is David Wheat Science In Action – Often debates about climate policy come down to ”My experts can beat up your experts”. This research shows that there are objective measurements that can reveal which experts are more expert, and therefore should be given more weight in guiding policy. (Not that policy is driven by experts–it’s politics.)
In the House of Mirrors is HaraBara Green – Big quantities are sometimes hard to grasp. When you hear that millions of gallons of crude are spilling in the Gulf, how much is that really? Professor James Corbett of the University of Delaware has done the math in a creative way. Your could drive your car for 100,000 years on gas made from the oil spilled so far.
Carrying his Goldfish is Jeff McIntire-Strasburg at Sustainablog – St. Louis-based Practecol just launched its line of “eco-frugal” products designed to help consumers save money and the planet. Read the rest of this entry »
Written by davidcoethica
July 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm
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