Stone Soup Consulting at the #BGoodDay in Barcelona

“This world doesn't lack intelligence, or science, nor even technology. This world lacks more humanity." 

These words were uttered by Joan Malé, founder of “Taller de Conciencia” and member of Triodos Bank’s advisory board. With a keen speech, he opened the #BGoodDay held in Barcelona on June 28th, an event promoted by 30 companies that founded the B Corp movement in Spain. We, Marian Torres and Rosa Ricucci from Stone Soup Consulting, were there amongst hundreds of participants, and we would like to share some reflections on this experience.

B Corp is both a certification and a global community that redefines “success in business”: Benefit Corporations voluntarily agree to meet high social and environmental standards, following a rigorous method to assess the entire company’s operation and measure the impact of different business areas including governance, human resources, relationships with the community and environmental practices. The movement originally started in the USand arrived in Spain just two years ago, with Alma Natura as the first certified company. Indeed, the #BGoodDay event was an occasion to officially launch B Corp Spain as a local sound community.

It was a really interesting opportunity for us to reflect upon the role of businesses in contributing to sustainable development, and we have been truly inspired by a mix of “benefiting” ingredients.

We are very happy to announce that Stone Soup Consulting recently joined the Portuguese Diversity Charter.  This charter is composed by multiple signing organisations and has diversity as its principle, understood as the acknowledgement, respect and appreciation of the difference(s) between people, including particularly the differences related to gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, faith and beliefs, country of origin, culture, language, nationality, birthplace, ancestry, age, political, ideological or social orientation, marital status, family structure economic situation, health, disability, personal style and training.

Recognizing diversity in an organisation enables innovation. It can have a positive impact in attracting, retaining, and promoting diverse sets of skills and it represents an added value by making the organisation itself a mirror of the society in which it operates.

Valuing the characteristics, skills and talents of each person promotes equal treatment and opportunities, fights prejudice and discrimination, and fosters a culture of inclusion based on respect for individual human beings.

A culture of Diversity contributes towards personal and professional development, efficiency and competitiveness of an organization, as well as towards the improvement of social and economic standards.

The signatory organisations of this Charter commit to diversity as an ethical imperative, as a basic principle guiding all its activities, both internally and externally, as part of its core values and its institutional identity.

Grupo de Entidades da Economia Social criam a primeira plataforma que dá a conhecer todas as oportunidades de financiamento disponíveis

Respondendo à necessidade de dar a conhecer aos atores da Economia Social todas as oportunidades de financiamento disponíveis e adequadas ao seu perfil, diversas entidades aliaram-se na criação daquela que será a primeira e única plataforma online em Portugal, onde reúne toda esta informação e a disponibiliza de forma personalizada.

Nasce assim, no próximo dia 16 de maio, às 9h30, na Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, a Plataforma GEOfundos.

Esta plataforma vem oferecer um serviço personalizado, em que as oportunidades de financiamento, nacionais e internacionais, são disponibilizadas a cada entidade ou iniciativa de acordo com uma segmentação rigorosa e adequada às suas características e com a apresentação de resultados concretos.

Nesta plataforma estão já identificadas mais de 120 oportunidades de financiamento, 40% delas nacionais e 60% internacionais, que representam um valor disponível superior a 500 mil milhões de euros.

A este projeto inovador, que pretende ser um aliado do setor da Economia Social em Portugal, juntaram-se diversas Entidades, formando uma aliança estratégica constituída pela Associação Mutualista – Montepio Geral, Call to Action – Consultoria em Fundraising, CASES, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Fundação EDP, Fundação PT, IES-Social Business School, Stone Soup Consulting e TESE – Associação para o Desenvolvimento, Entidades que, pela sua experiência de atuação junto do setor, congregam conhecimentos e capacidades para desenvolver um projeto deste tipo e responder às necessidades existentes.

No evento de apresentação, os presentes serão convidados a experimentar a plataforma, testando em primeira mão todas as suas funcionalidades.

When : June 29th - 2pm BST

What if communications were a strategic tool to deliver effective social impact and helped make possible our Theory of Change? What if a new paradigm of communications was radically affecting the way we interact and engage with our stakeholders? What if there were some good examples of organisations that are already succesfully delivering their Theory of Change through impactful communications? We invite you to spend one hour of your time learning and discussing about all of this and much more with Sonia Ruiz, CEO of NOIMA Meaningful Communications, at the webinar “Communicating for Impact: Strategies for Effective Organisations”.

“We are currently living a change of era rather than an era of changes. This webinar is about how the new paradigm of communications is affecting the way we should be doing things. It’s about delivering compelling value propositions through effective communication tools and creating new ways of engaging with our stakeholders that will support our Theory of Change”, Sonia Ruiz.

This webinar is aimed at anybody working in a social organisation that is committed to bringing its Theory of Change to reality such as nonprofits, corporations, entrepreneurs or institutions with a social purpose. The goal of this open and free webinar is to help you deliver your Theory of Change through impactful communications.  


Sustainable Projects for Organisations of the Third Sector - SPOTS

Stone Soup Consulting and Bairros Rede de Desenvolvimento Local are the Portuguese partners of this European project. 

SPOTS European partners meeting in Birmingham - "How to keep things fresh with your funder"

The difficulty in accessing funding is one of the main concerns identified by third sector organisations in Portugal, which receive mostly direct financial support for the development of social intervention projects, having less support for their own training and mechanisms and processes aimed at increasing their organisational and financial sustainability, effectiveness and impact. On the other hand, the assessment shows the notorious difficulty to carry on dialogue at a horizontal level between entities that receive funding and donors nationwide. 

In this context and in its first stage, the SPOTS project aimed at reviewing Third Sector funding, namely the importance of funding directed at projects not organisations; analyse this approach from the donors and the organisations’ perspective; analyse funding constraints between funders and funded organisations; identify the needs of the various actors (in preparation for stage 2 of the SPOTS project, based on a multi-sectorial dialogue). 


Intervening in Portugal, in the Greater Lisbon region, based on a simple and open system of three circles - donors of the Third Sector, Third Sector training entities and Third Sector organisations who are beneficiaries of funding, the SPOTS project proceeded to gather information with participating entities representing the three circles and intersecting areas through ad-hoc methodologies (semi-guided interviews and workshop). This document collects the first results of this research-action project.