That was what participants at iSE’s Big Society Symposium said back in October of last year. You can read the post and download the report of that event here.
Well, how right they were. Third Sector online has just furnished an excellent example of exactly the kind of muddled and opportunistic thinking that is going to get social enterprise a bad name. Southwark and Westminster councils claim that they are going to spin-off their communications departments as a “single social enterprise company”. Read the story here.
Come on, this wouldn’t even be a “nearly social enterprise”. What would its social mission be, exactly (apart from communicating council objectives more cheaply)?
UPDATE: There are some interesting comments below on this post — take a look.