What’s Love got to do with Social Enterprise?

The question was raised by Intentionality CIC and went on to a discuss how £1 million might be spent to create the most love.

Given the opportunity to contribute, I’d have shared one of the articles I wrote for the Long Term Capitalism challenge which described our efforts in social enterprise to place institutionalised children in loving family homes.

Every Child Deserves a Loving Family described the primary focus of our ‘Marshall Plan’ proposal of 2007.

In this instance the investment was in the order of $800 million nationally.

In response to the paper, Ukraine’s government doubled adoption allowances and pledged to create 400+ rehab centres.

Axiom news described how the money could be raised through social investment:

“Hallman is currently investigating the setup of a multi-million dollar fund offering split financial ROI if needed, that is, a portion to investor(s) and the remainder to P-CED.

The funds will be directed to concluding a project in the Ukraine which involves funding the training of residents to develop social businesses. Included in this work is supporting children who have disabilities, many of whom have been left to die in secretive locations. P-CED is helping to move these children to safety and give them access to modern healthcare.”

In 2014, Javed Khan, the Executive Director of Barnados made the same statement — Every Child Deserves a Loving Family appealing for new adopters in the UK.

In 2011 the body of our founder was discovered by local civic activists who commended his efforts in raising awareness of corruption and wholesale neglect:

“The author of breakthru report “Death camps for children” Terry Hallman suddenly died of grave disease on Aug 18 2011. On his death bed he was speaking only of his mission — rescuing of these unlucky kids. His dream was to get them new homes filled with care and love. His quest would be continued as he wished.”

In 2004, Terry had introduced his for purpose business model to the UK and the DTI confirmed that our policy of investing at least 50% of profit in social benefit qualified it to be described as a social enterprise.

Unlike the CIC which followed. it argued that the community could be put before shareholder returns if stated in the Corporate Charter (articles of association) and agreement by all stakeholders that this was the entire point.

People over Profit, and the argument for purpose beyond shareholder value began to create traction.

Reflecting on his efforts and those who had influenced it led to me sharing Love and Compassion in Business. One of the influences was Erich Fromm and the Art of Loving:

“Love of the helpless, the poor and the stranger, are the beginning of brotherly love. To love ones flesh and blood is no achievement. The animal loves its young and cares for them. Only in the love of those who do not serve a purpose, does love begin to unfold. Compassion implies the element of knowledge and identification.

In Every Child deserves a Loving Family I described work being done by JK Rowling in Bulgaria. I appealed to her recently for solidarity in acknowledging that a national plan for Ukraine exists.

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