It is recommended that a video clip produced by the Skoll Foundation is shown at this point. The video is of Professor Muhammad Yunus, Grameen Bank and is titled ‘Social Entrepreneurs: Pioneering Social Change’ available at http://www.socialenterprisemark.org.uk/showreel/. It is recommended that the first 3 minutes of this video is shown to participants with the closing credits acknowledging the Skoll Foundation.
Social entrepreneurs are often taken to be mavericks as they typically drive ideas forward where others may only see barriers. In almost every example where a social enterprise has been established, many obstacles have been overcome to get the venture off the ground; problem solving and persistance are two essential qualities for successful social entrepreneurs.
Social enterprise resources
Engaging Researchers with Enterprise: Use of Social Enterprise as a model<br />Dr Paul Spencer – Researcher Skills Development Officer<br />Paul.firstname.lastname@example.org<br />
“I made a list of people who needed just a little bit of money. And when the list was complete, there were 42 names. The total amount of money they needed was $27. I was shocked.”<br />- Muhammad Yunus<br />
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man”<br />George Bernard Shaw<br />
Social enterprise in summary<br />"A social enterprise is a business with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners.” <br /> Social Enterprise Action Plan 2006<br />
<ul><li>Trading for a social or environmental purpose
Video materials<br />What is social enterprise?<br />Meet the social entrepreneurs<br />The Ketso case study <br />Running a successful Social Enterprise<br />Thoughts on social entrepreneurship<br />
http://unltd.org.uk/hefce/ - UnLtd ‘Dare to be different: HE Social Entrepreneurship Awards’<br />http://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/ - Social Enterprise Coalition: the voice of social enterprise<br />http://www.clearlyso.com/ - ClearlySo: The global hub for social business, social enterprise and social investment <br />http://www.socialenterprisemark.org.uk/ - Social Enterprise Mark: Trading for people and planet<br />Where can I find out more? <br />