|The amazing, and yes, pretty radical Lily Lapenna who believed and then proved that kids can manage money|
I happen to agree that what the winners do is radical, because they challenge preconceived ideas about what is possible and inspire us all to see that doing good can really monkey around with established norms. The point is their ideas are new and the blurring of conventional charitable and business approaches makes everyone sit up and take notice. At a time when good ideas seem in short supply, these people are taking the initiative.
Personally I was delighted that half the top 50 were based in London, which might be obvious as the capital is the economy's engine room, but London is also a real hot-bed of social enterprise, hence the strong showing of SEL members. In among the nominees I spotted some of my favourite social entrepreneurs like Emma Stewart and Karen Mattison from Women Like Us the employment agency for women with family responsibilities who want to return to good, but part-time jobs, and Lily Lapenna from the extraordinary MyBnk, which teaches kids to be clever with money the only way you can: by letting them manage it for themselves.
Call them radical, call them the future, just don't call them late for dinner. (Sorry, when I lived in Kentucky that was a favourite local put-down.)