February Creative Brkfst - Christine Allison - Devon SSE


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Christine Allison's presentation from the February 2011 Creative Brkfst meet-up, talking 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?
  • February Creative Brkfst - Christine Allison - Devon SSE

    1. 1. Devon SSE @ Dartington
    2. 2. Examples of a Social Entrepreneur + = Credit: Pamela Hartigan - Schwab Foundation
    3. 3. So what is a Social Entrepreneur? <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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) </li></ul>
    4. 4. Michael Young - Founder <ul><li>Open University </li></ul><ul><li>Labour Manifesto 1945 </li></ul><ul><li>Consumers’ Association </li></ul><ul><li>Which? Magazine </li></ul><ul><li>Language Line (TIS) </li></ul><ul><li>And 40 others </li></ul><ul><li>School for Social Entrepreneurs 1997 </li></ul>
    5. 5. What is the SSE formula? <ul><li>Identify, support and encourage people who want to be social entrepreneurs </li></ul><ul><li>Need a different, non theoretical learning style – action learning: emphasis on experience, experimentation, and working in practice </li></ul><ul><li>Promote personal and business development with a ‘slow burn’ approach </li></ul>
    6. 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. 7. So joins the SSE learning programme Expert Witnesses Project Visits Peer learning
    8. 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. 9. SSE information <ul><li>Learning programmes running for more than 10 years </li></ul><ul><li>Over 400 SSE Fellows around the UK have completed programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Active schools in 11 locations (incl. London, Belfast, Midlands, Fife, Liverpool, Cornwall) </li></ul><ul><li>Operates as social franchise (best practice + quality system) </li></ul><ul><li>International developments in progress (SSE Australia running / + China, Canada etc) </li></ul>
    10. 10. All schools / programmes 1998 - 2009 +3
    11. 11. SSE evaluation <ul><li>85% of organisations established at SSE are still in existence: strong survival rate </li></ul><ul><li>60% report increased turnover after attending SSE; on average, a five-fold increase </li></ul><ul><li>88% experience a growth in confidence and skills to lead their organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Over 50% make 10 or more useful contacts that they attribute directly to SSE </li></ul><ul><li>Over half of SSE Fellows’ organisations gain more than 50% income from trading </li></ul><ul><li>For every 10 Fellows, 34 jobs and 70 volunteering positions are created </li></ul>
    12. 12. (Why) is it growing? <ul><li>Political </li></ul><ul><li>disillusionment </li></ul>Ethical consumerism Wellbeing agenda Mobile, networked society Structural, finance, support options Meaning + purpose at work Political support? Autonomy / self-employment
    13. 13. What do we look for? <ul><li>(personal) Responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Prone to action / not risk-averse </li></ul><ul><li>Innovative / creative </li></ul><ul><li>Visionary: have clear mission </li></ul><ul><li>Pragmatic </li></ul><ul><li>Persistent / committed </li></ul><ul><li>Resourceful / adaptable / opportunistic </li></ul><ul><li>+ Engagement with community they are aiming to serve </li></ul>
    14. 14. What motivates them? <ul><li>Personal injustice / experience </li></ul><ul><li>Restlessness with status quo </li></ul><ul><li>Identified problem / ‘wrong’ </li></ul><ul><li>Identified opportunity / market niche </li></ul><ul><li>Seeking purpose / meaning </li></ul><ul><li>Faith </li></ul><ul><li>(Inspirational) role model(s) </li></ul>
    15. 15. Social entrepreneurs’ habitat Private Business Public Sector Social Entrepreneurs Voluntary & Community Sector Social Enterprise Third Sector
    16. 16. What makes an effective social entrepreneur?
    17. 18. Funding: beyond government & philanthropy <ul><li>Government: local, regional, national, EU </li></ul><ul><li>Lottery: BLF, HLF, Awards for All </li></ul><ul><li>Trusts & Foundations: UK + international </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate Support: sponsorship, pro bono </li></ul><ul><li>Individual Giving: donations, philanthropy </li></ul><ul><li>Earning: contracting, procurement </li></ul><ul><li>Trading: selling, retail, trading </li></ul><ul><li>Social Impact investment: loan, social venture capital, social impact bonds </li></ul>
    18. 19. Top tips <ul><li>Get on with it! </li></ul><ul><li>Take some risk </li></ul><ul><li>Charm (networks + relationships) </li></ul><ul><li>Structure, governance, financing, activities chosen to achieve mission </li></ul><ul><li>Measurement – impact - results </li></ul><ul><li>Look after yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Come to the Devon SSE </li></ul>
    19. 20. Suggested reading <ul><li>Everyday Legends: the stories of 20 great UK Social Entrepreneurs by James Baderman and Justine Law (WW Publishing, 2006) </li></ul><ul><li>Forces for Good by Leslie Crutchfield & Heather McLeod Grant (2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Your Chance to Change the World: the No-Fibbing Guide to Social Entrepreneurship by Craig Dearden-Phillips (DSC, 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>The Meaning of Social Entrepreneurship by Greg Dees (Duke Uni, 1998) </li></ul><ul><li>The Power of Unreasonable People by John Elkington and Pamela Hartigan (HBS, 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>The Rise of the Social Entrepreneur by Charles Leadbeater (Demos, 1997) </li></ul><ul><li>The Social Entrepreneur by Andrew Mawson (Atlantic Books, 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>Social Entrepreneurship: new models of sustainable change by Alex Nicholls et al (OUP, 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership in the Social Economy by Charlotte Young and Fiona Edwards-Stuart (SSE, 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>OTS think pieces + Social Enterprise in Public Services (Smith Institute) </li></ul>
    20. 21. www.sse.org.uk www.dartington.org [email_address] +44 (0)1803 847059