At the start of his Fellowship, 2011 Clore Social Fellow Dan Berelowitz was Director of Tzedek, an organisation representing the UK Jewish community's response to extreme poverty. In April 2012 he moved on from Tzedek to co-found and run, with Michael Norton OBE, the International Centre for Social Franchising. The ICSF’s mission is to help the most successful social impact projects to replicate.
Dan undertook his Fellowship part-time over two years. Prior to starting it, he had limited knowledge of the world of social franchising. He did know that he wanted to be ‘stretched’ during his Fellowship secondment, so set about looking for an opportunity to work in a large social sector organisation
Having secured Oxfam as his secondment host, he spent several months there working on a project to identify franchisable ideas within the organisation - at the end of which he was given the opportunity to present to the Oxfam senior management team from across the world. He also spent time shadowing the Chief Executive, Barbara Stocking.
Inspired by his learning and experiences, in November 2012 Dan jointly published his report on social franchising and launched the ICSF. His report, Social Innovation: Innovation and the power of old ideas, challenged conventional wisdom that innovation always drives results, and unearthed some surprising lessons the sector can learn from global giant McDonalds about scaling up and sustainability.
"For me, the Fellowship was exactly the right programme at the right time. It has enabled me to develop contacts, confidence and specific expertise to find and exploit a gap in the sector that will in time dramatically increase social impact across the board. I am so grateful to have been chosen for the programme.”