Social business in Europe: the big picture

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2011: the European welfare state is seeking radical redesign, as social entrepreneurs and social innovators prepare to rise to the challenge.

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Social business in Europe: the big picture

  1. 1. //TRENDS//The big picture: what Europe is doing and whyAlberto CotticaD4SB Master CourseFrom opportunity assessment to business planning in social businessLesson 4
  2. 2. 60 % of working-age population 45 30 % of population ages 65 and above 15 0 1960 1962 1964 1966 1968 1970 1972 1974 1976 1978 1980 1982 1984 1986 1988 1990 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008Demographic trends in some European countries, unweighted averagesSource: World Bank
  3. 3. Rising costs of welfare• health care costs rising +8% per year since 1998 in Sweden• health care costs rising +6.4% per year in France• 13% of the workforce in the Netherlands is classified as sick or disabled (2004)• health care costs are 15% of GDP in the USA (2004): expected to reach $ 3.4 trillion, or 18% of GDP, by 2013
  4. 4. services don’t scale: productivityBaumol’s disease stagnates compared to that of manufacturing
  5. 5. The powers that be are getting worried....
  6. 6. Different systems have different takes
  7. 7. European Initiative for Social Innovation Council of Europe advisory group Social Innovation Coalition Think tanks: NESTA, Young Foundation...Large investments: Social Innovation Park in Bilbao
  8. 8. The Big Society: http://thebigsociety.co.uk/
  9. 9. An unprecedented opportunity for social business
  10. 10. ... but also turf & definition wars
  11. 11. Keywords: decentralization
  12. 12. Keywords: inclusion
  13. 13. Keywords: mutuality/reciprocality
  14. 14. Keywords: technology
  15. 15. Assignments!• Find and discuss data on demographic trends and rising costs of welfare• Identify a social business opportunity and look for the data to back it up• write a blog post/wikipedia entry on the British Big Society• write a blog post/wikipedia entry on another concept for tackling the same problem

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