Have just spent a couple of days with Mark who is a Clore Leadership Programme and has started the ‘shared assets‘ company. Mark will be spending the next 9 weeks with us looking at a specific area namely to understand the social value of renewable s beyond the simple economic outcomes. I don’t envy his task because of the multiple aspects and could turn into a woolly task but I also think the insights he will bring and develop will help greatly in seeing beyond the money . This could be in the form of new metric or tool kits which will help us to understanding the ‘value’ of this form of work. I have always been of the opinion that renewables can deliver so much more than simple cash and kilowatts. Setting the social measures of success now will also help in the long-term evaluation of the impact and the approaches that we take
Another of his research areas with us will be looking at a simple clause in the charity act which is being a bit problematic or should I say is complicating our joint venture ambition with communities, It is section thirty-six which is to do with the ‘fair and reasonable’ return for the use of a charities assets. This is currently and simply measured in monetary terms but could be so much more esp when viewed with social value being looked at above (nice link!).