Researcher as social entrepreneur


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  • ‘Fifteen’ – This venture offers to young people, often in need of a break in life, the experience of learning to work in the restaurant business in a pioneering apprenticeship scheme that was first featured in a television programme entitled ‘Jamie’s Kitchen’. The Fifteen restaurants serve food of the highest quality made from the best ingredients: their kitchens are where the apprentices learn their trade, and their profits are ploughed back into the programme. There are currently four Fifteen restaurants, London, Cornwall, Melbourne and Amsterdam.‘Eden Project’ - The Eden Project is a social enterprise; all revenues and profits are owned by its charitable arm, the Eden Trust, and are used to further the Trust's charitable ambitions and commitments. The Eden Project's social impact is multifaceted, and crucial to its financial activities. The principal aim of the enterprise is to raise awareness and knowledge of environmental and social issues. It has also, however, brought more than £800m into the Cornish economy because it sources services and supplies from local businesses (2500 of them) wherever possible. The project leads by example to show visitors how to live in a sustainable and ecologically sensitive way while promoting the study and appreciation of the environment, the advantages of renewable energy, biodegradable waste and agriculture conservation, and by providing employment opportunities in the area.‘Divine Chocolate’ - Just under half of the company is owned by the farmers in Ghana who provide the cocoa for Divine Chocolate and have representatives on the company‘s board. The cocoa growers are guaranteed a fair price for their cocoa beans as well as receiving a ‘social premium’ to be invested in community projects. They also receive 2% of the company’s turnover, as well as a dividend. www.divinechocolate.comYou might like to also mention ‘The Big Issue’ - The Big Issue exists to offer homeless and vulnerably housed people the opportunity to earn a legitimate income by selling an entertainment and current affairs magazine to the general public offering ‘a hand up, not a hand out’ to the vendors. Often mistaken for ‘just a charity’, it seeks to provide a much wider network of support to its vendors and offer a high quality publication worthy of its cover price.
  • Researcher as social entrepreneur

    1. 1. Researcher as social entrepreneur Dr Emma Gillaspy, Vitae NW Hub Manager @vitaenwhub
    2. 2. What I‟m going to cover... What is Social Enterprise? Examples of Social Enterprises and running social enterprise alongside an academic career Making a difference Researchers are born to be social entrepreneurs! Thank you to Paul Spencer and Paul Toombs who supported me in putting together this session
    3. 3. What do I stand for? Who am I? Where do I come from?
    4. 4. What is a social enterprise? "A social enterprise is a business with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners.” - Social Enterprise Action Plan 2006
    5. 5. In other words… Trading for a social or environmental purpose “Double/triple bottom line” re-investing Passionate/”crazy” people who change things Highly motivated problem solvers Enhanced stakeholder engagement
    6. 6. Give Me Tap Edwin Broni-Mensah (PhD Manchester)
    7. 7. Ketso
    8. 8. “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man” George Bernard Shaw
    9. 9. What‟s your passion? What ideas have you got? How could you make a difference? What social/environmental problem could you address?
    10. 10. Valuable attributes of a social entrepreneur… Achievement Initiative Customer/client service/orientation Impact Influence Relationship building Team leadership Teamwork & cooperation Analytical thinking Self confidence Flexibility Perseverence
    11. 11. Developing enterprise skills… “The act of undertaking a doctorate is a good training ground for the development of enterprise skills. Research by its nature requires creativity, determination and problem- solving. These skills are likely to be useful wherever a researchers’ career journey takes them” What do researchers do? Vitae 2010
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    13. 13. Digital economy Energy Global food security Global uncertainties Living with environmental change Lifelong health & wellbeing Grand challenges
    14. 14. Where can I find out more? - UnLtd „Dare to be different: HE Social Entrepreneurship Awards‟ - Social Enterprise Coalition: the voice of social enterprise - ClearlySo: The global hub for social business, social enterprise and social investment - Social Enterprise Mark: Trading for people and planet