By Cláudia Pedra, Managing Partner.

Stone Soup Consulting’s first ever Honesty Report has to start, obviously, by explaining why it has such an outlandish name. Shouldn’t a social consultancy working on increasing impact be producing an Impact Report and not an Honesty Report? Is there a difference?.

We are borrowing the expression “Honesty Report” from Leonora Buckland and Caroline Fiennes’ work on reporting. We apologise for this, but it was too good to let it pass. Too good because when we were thinking of such a report we wanted it to be truthful and sincere, free of deceit, which is exactly how the Oxford Dictionary defines honesty.   

Our idea is to showcase the impact of Stone Soup Consulting‘s work. Impact on organisations and on people; all impact, not only the positive impact, which of course everyone loves to show. The tough reality is that to be honest you have to show the good, the bad and the ugly. In this report we try to do exactly that. We do not sugarcoat our lack of impact in such areas. We are even honest about what we did not track, although we are experts in measuring impact. From failure comes change, innovation and improvement. In eight years, from September 2008 to August 2016, we have worked on 89 projects with 66 clients. We have also given many trainings. We have developed a network of over 40 consultants in 10 countries and worked in Europe, Latin America and Northern Africa. We have worked with social entrepreneurs, small cooperatives, large and tiny NGOs, foundations, town halls, universities and companies.

Stone Soup Consulting works with Zaragoza Activa, the public institution that leads La Colaboradora, in the internationalisation of its social innovation projects.  

Por: Pilar Balet

La Colaboradora, un proyecto de innovación social de Zaragoza Activa en el que 200 emprendedores se organizan alrededor de un banco del tiempo, es finalista a los Premios Eurocities 2016, una red de 130 ciudades europeas fundada en 1986 cuyos gobiernos representan a más de 130 millones de personas. 

“La Colaboradora es un espacio real de inteligencia colectiva donde una comunidad de más de doscientos miembros trabaja en proyectos empresariales, sociales y creativos y donde intercambian ideas, servicios y conocimiento a través de un banco del tiempo”. Estas fueron, más o menos, las palabras que utilizamos para presentar este proyecto a los Premios Eurocities 2016  a principios del mes de junio. Y parece que les gustó.

En ese mismo par de folios también escribimos sobre lo fácil y lo difícil que han sido estos tres años de trabajo, sobre los errores y los aciertos en la gestión de un proyecto público de estas características. Hablamos del dinero que cuesta, de la crisis económica, de su sostenibilidad, de las elecciones locales de 2015 y del riesgo de depender de los presupuestos públicos. Pero, sobre todo, hablamos de lo más importante: del por qué este proyecto público es necesario y de lo que hace que La Colaboradora despierte la curiosidad de todos los que se asoman a su puerta de cristal. Hablamos de la comunidad, de la gente que la conforma y de lo importante que son el contacto humano y la confianza para que un proyecto de innovación social e inteligencia colectiva, como lo llaman, despegue y empiece a volar. Y además, del reto de lograr que la gente que ya lleva años compartiendo su tiempo y conectando quiera quedarse.

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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.

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.

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.