As well as expounding opinions on social enterprise, Beanbags and Bulls!t blogger, David Floyd, is Managing Director of Social Spider Community Interest Company (CIC), a social enterprise based in Walthamstow, East London.
Social Spider CIC helps people to make change happen through publishing, writing, training and research.
Our work on social investment is mixture of commissioned research and partnership projects including both research and practical action. David Floyd was project manager for The Alternative Commission on Social Investment, an initiative funded by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation to look at how the UK’s social investment market could be made relevant to a wider range of charities and social enterprises.
The Commission published its report in March 2015 and since then we have taken forward research and action to improve the social investment market as part of the Flip Finance group.
In July 2016, we published Forest for the Trees, a report commissioned by RBS on the role of mainstream banks in providing finance for charities and social enterprises.
Our previous work on social investment includes Social Investment Explained, a guide to the UK social investment market for charities and social enterprises, commissioned by Big Lottery Fund for its Big Potential investment readiness programme and produced in partnership with Social Enterprise UK.
We also contribution research on the role of the social investment market to 3SC’s capacity-building action plan for the Ministry of Justice.
Other previous writing and research work includes:
- Social Enterprise: What’s Love Go To Do With It? – a report on the role of love in social enterprise, written for Intentionality CIC
- Why social enterprise? – a guide for charities, a booklet produced by Social Enterprise UK and Pilotlight
- Better Mental Health in a Bigger Society? a thinkpiece funded by NHS Confederation and published by Mental Health Providers Forum.
David has lectured on social enterprise at Goldsmiths College, University of the West of England and Glasgow Caledonian University, and as part of the Reconstructing Social Enterprise seminar series.
In 2008 launched One in Four, the only national magazine written by and for people with mental health difficulties. We developed the magazine as a result of Social Spider director, Mark Brown’s experiences of mental health difficulty – as discussed here in The Guardian.
One in Four ceased publication in 2014 but our work in mental health continues with A day in the life, a Public Health England-funded project asking people all across England who have (or have had) mental health difficulties to record a day in their life once a season, analysing what they share to see what really does effect their sense of wellbeing and as a partner in Doc Ready, a digital tool that helps young people to prepare and make the most out of mental health related GP visits.
Since 2014, Social Spider has published Waltham Forest Echo, a bi-monthly community newspaper for the London Borough of Waltham Forest. Originally launched as 50% grant-funded quarterly publication, the Echo is now published monthly and 90% funded via advertising.
In November 2016, we will launch a 2nd community newspaper, Tottenham Community Press.
If you’re interested in working with us, send us an email at hello(at)socialspider(dot)com