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February 2011 - Christine Allison - Devon SSE


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Christine Allison's presentation at the February Creative Brkfst meet-up about the Devon School for Social Entrepreneurs.

Christine Allison's presentation at the February Creative Brkfst meet-up about the Devon School for Social Entrepreneurs.

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  • Large scale impact: disruptive innovations Foremost social entrepreneur of the 20th century etc.
  • Recruitment + no barriers to participation; ensures diverse mix of people from all backgrounds, age / gender / ethnicity
  • Programme lasts a year Cohort - like-minded people, reduce isolation; trust + relationships Between 12 and 18 people Peer and practitioner-led: no teachers, no textbooks
  • Personal development and support combined with organisational development / support Learning / business support
  • Soon to be 400.
  • Available on request (download or hard copy)
  • Large scale impact: disruptive innovations Foremost social entrepreneur of the 20th century etc.
  • Large scale impact: disruptive innovations Foremost social entrepreneur of the 20th century etc.
  • Large scale impact: disruptive innovations Foremost social entrepreneur of the 20th century etc.
  • More generally: habitat. Third Sector. Set up a variety of different legal structures depending on their mission, finance, and governance.
  • Soon to be 400.
  • Soon to be 400.
  • Broadening out that SSE vision; contrast with others?
  • Broadening out that SSE vision; contrast with others?
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    • 1. Devon SSE @ Dartington
    • 2. Examples of a Social Entrepreneur + = Credit: Pamela Hartigan - Schwab Foundation
    • 3. So what is a Social Entrepreneur?
      • Social entrepreneurs share a great deal with business entrepreneurs – they build something out of nothing – but they are motivated by public good (social value) rather than monetary profit – double bottom line.
      • They can be found in community groups, voluntary sector, public sector and social enterprises. (Social enterprise is a business with a social purpose, reinvestment of profit)
    • 4. Michael Young - Founder
      • Open University
      • Labour Manifesto 1945
      • Consumers’ Association
      • Which? Magazine
      • Language Line (TIS)
      • And 40 others
      • School for Social Entrepreneurs 1997
    • 5. What is the SSE formula?
      • Identify, support and encourage people who want to be social entrepreneurs
      • Need a different, non theoretical learning style – action learning: emphasis on experience, experimentation, and working in practice
      • Promote personal and business development with a ‘slow burn’ approach
    • 6. … and wants to make it happen An entrepreneurial individual who is driven, committed, prone to action, persistent, engaged with their community, personally motivated, practical, resourceful, [ and needs no formal qualifications….] Has an innovative idea for social change…
    • 7. So joins the SSE learning programme Expert Witnesses Project Visits Peer learning
    • 8. … which has an associated impact on the effectiveness of their organisation Mentoring One to one tutoring and business advice Tailored support, knowledge, and skills development for the individual … Peer group Practitioner contacts/info Action learning
    • 9. SSE information
      • Learning programmes running for more than 10 years
      • Over 400 SSE Fellows around the UK have completed programmes
      • Active schools in 11 locations (incl. London, Belfast, Midlands, Fife, Liverpool, Cornwall)
      • Operates as social franchise (best practice + quality system)
      • International developments in progress (SSE Australia running / + China, Canada etc)
    • 10. All schools / programmes 1998 - 2009 +3
    • 11. SSE evaluation
      • 85% of organisations established at SSE are still in existence: strong survival rate
      • 60% report increased turnover after attending SSE; on average, a five-fold increase
      • 88% experience a growth in confidence and skills to lead their organisation
      • Over 50% make 10 or more useful contacts that they attribute directly to SSE
      • Over half of SSE Fellows’ organisations gain more than 50% income from trading
      • For every 10 Fellows, 34 jobs and 70 volunteering positions are created
    • 12. (Why) is it growing?
      • Political
      • disillusionment
      Ethical consumerism Wellbeing agenda Mobile, networked society Structural, finance, support options Meaning + purpose at work Political support? Autonomy / self-employment
    • 13. What do we look for?
      • (personal) Responsibility
      • Prone to action / not risk-averse
      • Innovative / creative
      • Visionary: have clear mission
      • Pragmatic
      • Persistent / committed
      • Resourceful / adaptable / opportunistic
      • + Engagement with community they are aiming to serve
    • 14. What motivates them?
      • Personal injustice / experience
      • Restlessness with status quo
      • Identified problem / ‘wrong’
      • Identified opportunity / market niche
      • Seeking purpose / meaning
      • Faith
      • (Inspirational) role model(s)
    • 15. Social entrepreneurs’ habitat Private Business Public Sector Social Entrepreneurs Voluntary & Community Sector Social Enterprise Third Sector
    • 16. What makes an effective social entrepreneur?
    • 17.  
    • 18. Funding: beyond government & philanthropy
      • Government: local, regional, national, EU
      • Lottery: BLF, HLF, Awards for All
      • Trusts & Foundations: UK + international
      • Corporate Support: sponsorship, pro bono
      • Individual Giving: donations, philanthropy
      • Earning: contracting, procurement
      • Trading: selling, retail, trading
      • Social Impact investment: loan, social venture capital, social impact bonds
    • 19. Top tips
      • Get on with it!
      • Take some risk
      • Charm (networks + relationships)
      • Structure, governance, financing, activities chosen to achieve mission
      • Measurement – impact - results
      • Look after yourself
      • Come to the Devon SSE
    • 20. Suggested reading
      • Everyday Legends: the stories of 20 great UK Social Entrepreneurs by James Baderman and Justine Law (WW Publishing, 2006)
      • Forces for Good by Leslie Crutchfield & Heather McLeod Grant (2007)
      • Your Chance to Change the World: the No-Fibbing Guide to Social Entrepreneurship by Craig Dearden-Phillips (DSC, 2008)
      • The Meaning of Social Entrepreneurship by Greg Dees (Duke Uni, 1998)
      • The Power of Unreasonable People by John Elkington and Pamela Hartigan (HBS, 2008)
      • The Rise of the Social Entrepreneur by Charles Leadbeater (Demos, 1997)
      • The Social Entrepreneur by Andrew Mawson (Atlantic Books, 2008)
      • Social Entrepreneurship: new models of sustainable change by Alex Nicholls et al (OUP, 2008)
      • Leadership in the Social Economy by Charlotte Young and Fiona Edwards-Stuart (SSE, 2007)
      • OTS think pieces + Social Enterprise in Public Services (Smith Institute)
    • 21. [email_address] +44 (0)1803 847059