2504, 2018

Machines for Good – The human face of artificial intelligence

April 25th, 2018|Categories: AI & Machine Learning, Businesses, Care & Well-being, Charities, Data Analytics, Education & Employment, Energy & Environment, Foundations, Health, Justice & Rights, Public sector, Social & Environmental Impact, Social enterprises, Social Innovation, Strategy|

by Nicolas Ponset

There has been much commentary and debate about the potential for artificial intelligence (AI) to have a detrimental impact on society from being a threat to our data privacy to destroying employment. Whether these concerns prove legitimate or not, AI and more specifically machine learning will be a force for good for the social sector. To help organisations better understand what AI could mean for them, we are launching a series of articles illustrated by recent social deployments, along with practical methodologies and tools. We hope that these articles will help you to begin your own AI journey […]

3101, 2017

Access Impact Management Programme

January 31st, 2017|Categories: Charities, Social & Environmental Impact, Social enterprises|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Aleron is delighted to have been appointed an approved provider for the new two-year Impact Management Programme, funded by the Access Foundation and Power to Change. The Impact Management Programme aims to build the capacity of charities and social enterprises to manage their impact, with an ultimate view to helping them access social investment and/or build their commissioned income.

The programme combines training, grant-funding, peer support, expert advice and an online platform.

There are two strands to the programme:

  1. Pathway – for organisations that are new to impact management
  2. Growth – for organisations with more developed impact practices, seeking investment/contracts

Aleron will work with ventures […]

909, 2016

Helping young people make the most of their education

September 9th, 2016|Categories: Education & Employment, Social enterprises, Strategy|Tags: , , |

by Christine Corlet Walker, Consultant at Aleron

Over recent weeks there has been extensive policy debate on what makes for a good education. Should schools focus on attainment? Is selection within the education system beneficial for young people? Should we return to the past to look for answers in today’s education system?

Through our work with social enterprises we see a new wave of ideas and approaches being rolled out to benefit young people in education.

Last week one of these social enterprises, Evolve Social Impact, put on their three-day annual conference for Health Mentors, Educational Leaders and Partners, and we were fortunate enough to be invited […]

704, 2016

Leaders Series: Jem Stein Director & Founder of the Bike Project

April 7th, 2016|Categories: Social & Environmental Impact, Social enterprises, Social Innovation|Tags: , , , |

For our Leader Series this month we spoke with Jem Stein, the winner of the Lloyds Bank 2015  Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award.  Jem is the director of the Bike Project, a social enterprise that gives refugees the opportunity to cycle and improve their mobility. We discussed the challenges of starting an enterprise, what it means to be a social entrepreneur, and the evolution of the Bike Project.