CEEDR Research Seminars at Middlesex University

Please circulate details of the next two CEEDR Research Seminars at Middlesex University which report on work in the social enterprise strand of the ESRC/OCS funded Third Sector Research Centre. Wednesday 24 November, 2010 – 4.30-6.00pm, The Barn, Hendon Campus, London NW1 4BT Dr Ian Vickers, CEEDR, Middlesex University: “Developing green social enterprise: opportunities and challenges” Wednesday 15 December 2010, 4.30-6.00pm, The Barn, Hendon Campus, London NW1 4BT Professor Fergus Lyon, CEEDR, Middlesex University and Heather Little, MU and London Early years Foundation: “Scaling up social enterprise: alternative strategies for early years provision” Refreshments will be provided. If you’d like to attend please notify Pamela Macaulay to confirm a place: p.macaulay@mdx.ac.uk. We particularly encourage post-graduate students to attend. Abstract for 24 November – Developing green social enterprise: opportunities and challenges Although social enterprise, as an idea and organisational form, has been important in academic debates and policy discourses around social welfare and moves to reform public sector provision, there has been relatively little systematic attention given in the context of transitions to a low carbon and more sustainable economy. This paper draws on a number of perspectives that seek to explain entrepreneurship and social innovation that is motivated by sustainability considerations and also the institutional context and policy dynamics affecting the growth of the ‘green social economy’. Opportunities to address green niche markets, often while also addressing social needs within communities, have increased in recent decades in parallel with the growth of national and international policy towards sustainable development, regeneration policy, and specific areas of environment-related regulation and fiscal incentives. While examples of innovative green social enterprises are increasingly represented in the literature (e.g. in sustainable resource management, local food, energy, housing, transport and finance), their potential needs to be considered in relation to a number of barriers to the scaling up of the solutions offered and a policy context in the UK which, although ambiguous and evolving (e.g. the ‘big society’ agenda and policy rhetoric around ‘localisation’), is particularly focused on reducing the scale of the public sector, rather than investment in low carbon infrastructure and support for sustainable enterprise and development. Abstract for 15 Dec – Scaling up social enterprise: alternative strategies for early years provision This paper examines the strategies social enterprises can use to scale up their impact. A traditional view has been for growth to occur through setting up new sites owned by a single organisation. This paper examines the range of other alternatives for scaling up social impact ranging from maximising the impact internally (through new activities, and more sites) to growth beyond the confines of the organisation (through social franchises, use of kite marks, training and networks). The paper is based on an analysis of case studies in the Early Years sector supporting children and families. The following research questions will be addressed: In what ways can social enterprises scale up their operations? What are the challenges entailed in these scaling up processes? The paper concludes by proposing a model to help define the strategies by which organisations can scale up their social impact. http://www.tsrc.ac.uk/ and http://www.mdx.ac.uk/ceedr.

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