COSMIC at the Intellect WG 131108

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Presentation at the Intellect Third Sector Working Group in London 13th November 2008 - cosmic and social enterprise

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COSMIC at the Intellect WG 131108

  1. 1. Social Enterprise and ICT Julie Harris, COSMIC & Paul Ruskin, I-Trust (AfL)
  2. 2. What is social enterprise? <ul><li>Business </li></ul><ul><li>Triple-bottom-line </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ It is the business model for the 21 st Century!” </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>ICT Services - websites, training, tech support and consultancy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clients – public sector, SMEs, charities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- also community organisations, individuals </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Staff – 9 full-time </li></ul><ul><ul><li>plus contractors, volunteers and project workers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Values : Supportive, Innovative, Accessible, Inspirational, Ethical </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Social Objectives <ul><li>Support for third sector </li></ul><ul><ul><li>using ICT to improve services and support </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Digital Inclusion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>– individuals and organisations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Employment and training </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Especially young people </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rurality and disadvantage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>– using ICT to improve access/services </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Projects <ul><li>Regional ICT Champion </li></ul><ul><li>Switched on Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Neighbourhood Learning for Disadvantaged Communities (NLDC) </li></ul><ul><li>net:gain </li></ul><ul><li>UK Online </li></ul>
  6. 6. Business Model <ul><li>The ongoing balancing act </li></ul><ul><li>Performance management </li></ul><ul><li>Social accounting </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership working </li></ul><ul><li>Diversification </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation </li></ul>
  7. 7. Report – April 2008 <ul><li>www.tinyurl.com/4pd4qt </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In search of Cost-Effective ICT Services for the Third Sector </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Is Social Enterprise the solution? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. The Challenges <ul><li>75% income from commercial services </li></ul><ul><li>Clients who purchase on the basis of choice – CSR (?) and local community involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Diversification of services and client-base </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New services using ICT (but not all about ICT) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Digital divide – our clients - their challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From early adopters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To virtual learning environments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To knowledge-management systems </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Social Enterprise Mark www.socialenterprisemark.co.uk
  10. 10. Thank you! <ul><li>Julie Harris </li></ul><ul><li>Chief Executive </li></ul><ul><li>COSMIC </li></ul><ul><li>www.cosmic.org.uk </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>01404 813226 </li></ul><ul><li>Paul Ruskin </li></ul><ul><li>Director of Social Enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>I-Trust (AfL) </li></ul><ul><li>www.i-trust.org.uk </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>01353 865405 </li></ul>

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