Postgraduate students from the Goldsmiths 2012-13 MA Social Entrepreneurship cohort have set up Goldsmiths Social Entrepreneurship Society (GSES), a platform for thought-provoking discussions about social entrepreneurship today. The GSES inaugural panel debate will take place on July 24th 2013 entitled ‘Social entrepreneurship: The Future’.
The last two decades have seen a surge in global interest, research and legitimisation of Social Entrepreneurship as an increasingly popular approach to addressing the world’s diverse and pressing social issues and as an umbrella term which encompasses multiple types and subtypes of social ventures across the globe.
With some of the world’s most supportive policies and comprehensive support for social entrepreneurs and the world’s first social investment bank, the UK is a leading nation in the field of social entrepreneurship. Reports reveal that more people in the UK are now setting up ‘social’ than conventional start-ups. The 2012 SE100 Index confirms the burgeoning nature of the field, revealing that the top 100 fastest growing SEs grew on average by 60%, outstripping those in the FTSE, which only hit 48% - demonstrating that people are choosing to engage with businesses that make a difference over those that just make money.
Yet, despite all these impressive statistics, it’s still a niche industry. Where is social entrepreneurship going? What’s it doing and what could it be doing better?
‘Social Entrepreneurship: The Future’ brings together an exciting panel of prominent players from the field of social entrepreneurship to focus on some of the often contentious challenges, trends and predictions for the field.
• Liam Black, Co-Founder at Wavelength Companies Ltd & former CEO of Fifteen
• Dominic Campbell, Founder and Director at FutureGov
• Nigel Kershaw OBE, Chief Executive at Big Issue Invest and Group Chairman of The Big Issue Company
• Servane Mouazan, CEO and Founder of Ogunte
• Sally Reynolds OBE, Social Enterprise Adviser; Co-Founder & Former CEO of Social Firms UK
• Tom Rippin, Founder and CEO at On Purpose
• Soushiant Zanganehpour, Manager, Strategy & Operations at Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
• Chair: Tim West, Editor, Pioneers Post; Director, Matter & Co.
The event will be followed by complimentary drinks and an opportunity for informal discussion and networking.
Further information is available at www.gsesociety.com and tickets from http://gsesevent.eventbrite.com.