Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship


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This presentation was prepared within framework of the training course ''Change Laboratory'' and it served as an introduction to the concept and content of the training course and a framework guiding work of group and trainers.

"Change Laboratory'' is a platform where 29 young third sector representatives from Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Estonia, Slovakia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Sweden, Greece and Romania will carry out a collaborative learning activity by questioning current ways of thinking, analyzing and modeling social entrepreneurship ventures, and conducting thought and action experiments concerning possible changes in their communities.

Main aim of this project is to promote active participation of young people and to contribute to developing the capabilities of civil society organizations in the youth field through gathering knowledge in social entrepreneurship area and through development of competencies essential for initiation of social entrepreneurship activities by non-governmental non-profit organizations.

Encouraging self-initiative and developing the capability to analyze obstacles and opportunities within a social sector and to identify potential strategies to effect change are other important objectives of the project.

Program is based on the experiential learning model and focuses on developing independent mind habits, entrepreneurship and leadership skills, on building understanding of creativity and innovations to meet genuine community needs and gain enhanced sense of responsibility to the communities in which we live.

The first part of the course will introduce the participants to the concept of social entrepreneurship and its various applications across sectors and organizational forms. Furthermore it examines the success factors and conditions of setting up social enterprise.

Through the program participants are expected to create a community project with potential to stimulate transformations and improvements in their chosen area, whether that is education, health care, economic development, environment, arts or any other social field - participants will develop plans for local or international social entrepreneurship entities or innovative projects, partnerships or other arrangements that would have a positive impact on social outcomes.

Project takes place in three stages. Within first stage from 01.09.2011 to 21.10.2011 participants are completing several home tasks. From 22.10.2011 to 31.10.2011 all the group will meet in Riga, Latvia, and develop their competencies in social entrepreneurship within the framework of the training course ''Change Laboratory''. From 01.11.2011 to 31.01.2012 follow-up activities will be carried out along with evaluation.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This page reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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  • To me poor people are like bonsai trees. When you plant the best seed from the tallest tree in a tiny flowerpot, you get a replica of the tallest tree, only inches tall. There is nothing wrong with the seed you planted; only the soil base that you gave it is inadequate. Poor people are bonsai people. There's nothing wrong with their seeds, but society never gave them the proper base to grow in. All it takes to get poor people out of poverty is for us to create an enabling environment for them. Once the poor can unleash their energy and creativity, poverty will disappear very quickly.
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  • Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship

    1. 1. Grameen story
    2. 2. Poor people are bonsai people. Theres nothingwrong with their seeds, but society never gavethem the proper base to grow in. All it takes to get poor people out of poverty is for us tocreate an enabling environment for them. Once the poor can unleash their energy and creativity, poverty will disappear very quickly. (Muhammad Yunus)
    3. 3. Social business is a new form of capitalism and a new kind of enterprise based on the selfness of people. It is a kind of business dedicated to solving social, economic and environmental problems that have longplagued humankind - hunger, homelessness, pollution, ignorance.
    4. 4. 1. The business objective is to overcome problems that threaten people, not to maximize profit.2. The company will attain financial and economical sustainability.3. Investors get back only their investment amount.4. When the investment amount is paid back, profit stays with the company for expansion and improvement.5. The company will be environmentally conscious.6. The workforce gets market wage with better than standard working conditions.7. Do it with joy!
    5. 5. In present interpretation ofcapitalism, human beings engaged in business are portrayed as one dimensional beings whose only mission is to maximize profit.But human beings are not money making robots.
    6. 6. Social entrepreneurship relates to a person. It describes an initiative of social consequences created by an entrepreneur with a social vision. This initiative may be anon-economic initiative, a charity initiative, or a business initiative with or without personal profit.
    7. 7. Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s mostpressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issuesand offering new ideas for wide-scale change. Rather than leaving societal needs to the government or business sectors, social entrepreneurs find what is not working and solve the problem by changing the system,spreading the solution, and persuading entire societies to take new leaps.
    8. 8. Signs advertising residential property for sale line a street in south London in April 2008. Photo: AP
    9. 9. Nigerian women pick out rocks and dirt from rice found on the ground outside of the food storage warehouse. Photo: Jane Hahn
    10. 10. A drawing by the Swiss artist Olaf Breuning in response to the destruction of our environment and nuclear crisis in Japan
    11. 11. Greenpeace attempts to increase environment awareness
    12. 12. Critical caricatures about health care in US
    13. 13. Man sits outside a lean-to he calls home outside of Yerevan. Photo: Tom Vartabedian
    14. 14. Echoing Greenfinalist weekend
    15. 15. Anuradha Koirala Maiti Nepal
    16. 16. entrepreneurship
    17. 17. strategic planning
    18. 18. management
    19. 19. marketing
    20. 20. finance
    21. 21. leadership
    22. 22. communities and rights
    23. 23. research methods
    24. 24. law and justice
    25. 25. media and social change
    26. 26. teachingentrepreneurshipto disadvantaged
    27. 27. Established business knowledge may becounterproductive in social business It may lead you to think in wrongdirections, because profit-making business has different goals
    28. 28. 1. You must stand behind the line and you can not switch places with other participants.2. Each person must touch each object.3. Passing ball opens the round and closes the round.4. If one object falls, you lose the try.5. You choose, which objects and in how long time will you pass to other corner.
    29. 29. learners controlof his or her learning learner learning by orientation process doing steaming from participants PRINCIPLES realities OF NON-FORMAL EDUCATION inclusion no single truth no universal formulas self-evaluation learning from active each other participation
    30. 30. To gather knowledge in social entrepreneurship area and form competencies essential for initiation and development of socialentrepreneurship activities by non-governmental non-profit organizations.
    31. 31. To develop our abilities to analyze obstacles andopportunities within a social sector and identify potential strategies to effect change in the sector. To learn practical tools for analysis, idea and business model generation.
    32. 32. To foster participation, initiative, creative andleadership skills and sense of being responsible about our communities and environment.
    33. 33. To facilitate exchange of experience about various self-financing and fundraising strategies among third sector organizations in Europe.
    34. 34. To develop intercultural competence.
    35. 35. To develop plans for social ventures with addedmission and financial value to our organizations and communities.
    36. 36. 1. Develop skills that may contribute to entrepreneurial behavior 6. Plan and prepare 2. Examine opportunities venture to fulfil needs and to solve problems THE ENTREPRENEURIAL CYCLE 5. Use all available resources to evaluate 3. Generate ideas toopportunities and ideas satisfy opportunities 4. Assess the opportunities and ideas
    37. 37. This project has been funded with support from the EuropeanUnion. This presentation reflects the views only of the author,and the European Commission and cannot be held responsiblefor any use which may made of information contained therein.