Tag: Finance

Is debt a dirty word?

Is debt a dirty word?

Published on December 13, 2013 in Blog, Energy, Finance with 2 Comments

Very interesting question posed in today’s guest blog from Alex Germanis of Pure Leapfrog….   In the subsequent fallout from the war on Wonga, has debt once again become the bad guy? There certainly are unpalatable consequences to bad debt, yet throughout human history we have used debt, whether in barter-based economies or today’s complex […]

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The top new players disrupting the banking system

The top new players disrupting the banking system

Published on September 9, 2013 in Blog, Finance with 2 Comments

I recently read an article called the “Top 10 New Players Competing with Banks“, which in part inspired me to write this, not least, as it’s clear to many that some new “players” are not just competing with the banks but redefining the playing field and promising to disrupt the banking system as whole.   […]

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ClearlySo and raising capital for social enterprises

ClearlySo and raising capital for social enterprises

Published on May 28, 2013 in Blog, Finance with 0 Comments

Simon Evill is social business manager for ClearlySo, the gatekeeper to its capital raising services and consultant to new members. Here he gives a timely review of ClearlySo’s activities in the social enterprise sector and delivers some useful advice to social entrepreneurs looking for investment to scale up.     ClearlySo is a financial intermediary […]

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Carbon Leapfrog and support for community energy projects

Carbon Leapfrog and support for community energy projects

Published on May 20, 2013 in Blog, Energy with 1 Comment

We are at an interesting junction in the evolution of community energy in the UK. The path to creating ownership of energy generation at the local level has never been easy, but as we make our way through 2013, it seems that the government has finally awakened to the cause, and community energy groups are […]

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The amazing story of community currencies in Brazil: Interview

The amazing story of community currencies in Brazil: Interview

Published on April 19, 2013 in Blog, Finance with 7 Comments

When it comes to the great global transition to a better world some places are completely fascinating to observe. For example, Bhutan and its policies of Gross National Happiness or Germany and their spread of community renewables. Brazil’s story of community banks and currencies is also absolutely fascinating. This article is linked to another article titled The […]

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Top 40 Platforms for Crowdfunding Social Change

Top 40 Platforms for Crowdfunding Social Change

Published on November 21, 2012 in Blog, Finance with 12 Comments

This post is a guest blog by Josef Davies-Coates and it originally appeared on the P2P Foundation blog. Crowdfunding is a new word for an old idea. The Oxford English dictionary defines it as “the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, […]

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What’s the definition of a Transition Bank?

What’s the definition of a Transition Bank?

Published on July 17, 2012 in Blog, Finance with 5 Comments

A post by Shane Hughes. Our banks engage in industrial scale fraud and are more destructive than most of us realise, underming the transiton to a vibrant and resilient world. Given that mainstream banking reform fiddles around the edges, should (or could) our community groups proactively create the banks and banking system we want? Here’s […]

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