One of the challenges of growing a social enterprise internationally is to maintain your core values and bottom up control while also having coherence and order across the organisation. How do you minimise the risk to the quality and reputation of your brand as you make it available to others? How do you capture the views of the people you are trying to serve?

This webinar features two organisations that went through this very transition. 

The Impact Hub is a network of 84 social enterprise support organisations (and growing) that started ten years ago with a single Hub in Islington, London.  Alberto Masetti-Zannini is Development Director of Impact Hub and Director of Impact Hub Milan. 

One is an international development and social justice web portal with centres in Africa, India, Italy, Indonesia and the US, among others which started 20 years ago in a small bungalow in a wood in Oxfordshire, UK.  Anuradha Vittachi is the co-founder of OneWorld and was Director of its International Foundation for many years.

The Video

This wide ranging webinar covers:

  • What type of governance structure each organisation used and how they got there

  • The motivations and challenges of a flat organisational structure

  • How any structure can be hijacked, so communication and values are key to success

  • Why you should invest in good legal advice, and your time, energy early on

  • change in your structure is inevitable and worthwhile

  • What funding mechanisms each organisation used and how they changed over time

  • Why assessing the quality of aspiring members of the network is so important

  • The need for open, face to face discussions to deal with issues before they get too hot to handle

Who are Alberto Masetti-Zannini and Anuradha Vittachi? 

Alberto leads Impact Hub King’s Cross’ programmatic work in the AlbertoMasettiZanniniareas of incubation, acceleration, scaling and development. He is also the Founder and President of Impact Hub Milan, Italy’s first centre for social innovation and the impact economy. He coordinates on behalf of the Impact Hub Network a large EU-funded project called BENISI, which aims to scale social innovation in Europe and create the foundations of a network of incubators for social innovation, a project and consortium that he co-designed. Prior to the Impact Hub Network, Alberto worked for large international NGOs in various capacities, including project financing, programme development and fundraising. He holds a BA(Hons) from Bologna University in Contemporary History and an MSc from the LSE in Global Politics.





Anuradha Vittachi is an internationally-published writer, award-winning TV documentary-maker, and co-founder of OneWorld, the world’s first Internet portal on human rights and sustainable development (1995). Anuradha was the UK’s civil society delegate to the G8’s taskforce on closing the global digital divide and one of the LSE ‘s 27 Global Civil Society Pioneers. In 2006, she founded OneClimate, and in 2013, co-founded the Hedgerley Wood Trust, which uses innovative media to deepen public empathy for the health of people and the planet.