The Ethics of Social Enterprises: From Social Enterprise Bootcamp


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From Social Enterprise Bootcamp #SEBC2013: "What are the ethical issues your social venture is or may face? What are the ripples of your venture that should be considered? When creating a venture, it is important to take in ethical considerations. This session will guide attendees through the various ethical concerns your venture should consider and present approaches to addressing them."

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The Ethics of Social Enterprises: From Social Enterprise Bootcamp

  1. 1. Ethics of Social Enterprise Social Enterprise Bootcamp | November 16, 2013
  2. 2. Human needs costs opportunities possibilities
  3. 3. Social movements + campaigns + projects + enterprises need + cohesive narrative + shared goals + common identity + networked response + local connection / global amplification + responsibility
  4. 4. Why is This Important? Communities: The wisdom of need, circumstance, and immersion.
  5. 5. Why is This Important? Political. Social. Cultural. Economic.
  6. 6. What To Look For + Community-centered + Move beyond solutionism + Enterprises + Beware participation that are culturally appropriate the savior trap
  7. 7. What To Look For + Ask yourself: Who benefits? + Ask yourself: Who is in power? + Ask yourself: Who is left out?
  8. 8. Why is This Important? Framing narrative is a political act. Framing opportunity is a political act. Framing access is a political act. Ask yourself: What? Why? With whom?
  9. 9. Risks and Challenges Intentionality + Creating rigor and around and recognizing intentionallity + Parsing out the fine lines between story to engagement to propaganda + Bridging the engagement/action gap.
  10. 10. An analogous framework
  11. 11. Narrative + Social Action Co-designing narrative with social action is a challenging exercise in achieving simple, engaging stories that yet capture nuance, complexity, and multiple perspectives. In any social change campaign where you co-design narrative with action to create positive impact in a community, ask yourself if your campaign meets these three conditions: + Respect + Relevance + Resonance
  12. 12. Narrative + Social Action + Respect + Relevance + Resonance + Is your project based on respect for the communities with which you are working? + Have you co-designed your project with your communities, or have you built a communitycentered strategy? +Does your project engender respect for the dignity and integrity of those communities? + If working with vulnerable populations, such as youth, elderly, dissident, conflict/postconflict, or post-disaster populations, have you respected privacy, identity, and security? + Does your project respect the perspectives and needs of your audience, participants, and stakeholders?
  13. 13. Narrative + Social Action + Respect + Relevance + Resonance + Have you posed the issues in your project in a way that is relevant to the communities with which you’re working? + Are you raising awareness or creating engagement only? If so, is there a way to frame your narrative that leads to actionable information on community-centered solutions and partnerships? + Are your engagement and participation techniques linked to your communities through a relevant and explicable narrative thread? + Are your solutions, or the representation of solutions, relevant to the communities with which you’re working?
  14. 14. Narrative + Social Action + Respect + Relevance + Resonance + Does your project’s framing resonate with your communities’ culture and identity? + Does your project incorporate your communities’ perspective on their perceived challenges? + Does your project incorporate your communities’ perspectives on potential solutions? + Is your project’s narrative accessible yet framed to capture multiple perspectives, nuance, and complexity? + Have you told a human story, made the humanity of the challenge visible, and represented your subjects as individuals?
  15. 15. Lina Srivastava @lksriv