Social Enterprise Lecture Series Spring 2018

Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship

Social Enterprise Lecture Series Spring 2018

Admission is Free; Open To All within and beyond Goldsmiths (No need to book)



Room PSH 302, Professor Stuart Hall Building

Goldsmiths, University of London, Lewisham Way, SE14 6NW

Time: Tuesdays 5 – 7pm

See here for Directions to ICCE:



Tues 9th Jan Daniel Stanley, Cohere Partners & Small Axe The Secret Advantage of Social Impact Business
Tues 16th Jan Benita Matofska, The People Who Share The Sharing Economy
Tues 23rd Jan Jonathan Rose, MotionFish Media Video production for Crowd-funding
Tues 30th Jan Roxanne Persaud, LFRSA Failure in Social Enterprise – Speaking the Unspoken
Tues 6th Feb Graham Boyd, FairShares Association & EvoluteSix The FairShares Constitution
No Guest Lecture in Reading Week, 12th – 16th February
Tues 20th Feb Ayoade Wallace, ADYNE Empowering you vs Empowering the community: The journey of a social change strategist
Tues 27th Feb Dr Giovanna Speciale, SELCE SELCE and Community Energy
Tues 6th Mar Harsha Patel, Doing Social Disrupting social innovation, pursuing inclusive innovation and co-creation for social change
Tues 13th Mar Erinch Sahan, Oxfam Oxfam’s Future of Business Initiative
Tues 20th Mar Adrian Ashton Business Model Surgery (MA Social Entrepreneurship students only)


For Full Details of each of these, please see following pages. Further enquiries to ICCE Department, or to Dr Richard Hull


Tuesday 9th January

The secret advantage of social impact business

Daniel Stanley is a social entrepreneur, speaker and communications specialist. He currently leads Cohere Partners, a consultancy that combines the worlds of social movements and brand strategy to help new ventures and corporates to build inspiring brands for sustainable social impact. He also co-founded creative campaigns agency Small Axe. Over the last 10 years he has worked with global campaigns and social businesses including Medecins Sans Frontiere, John Lewis, the Social Business Trust, Refugee Action and Belu Water. With a background in local community organising, and a MSc from the Institute of Social Psychology at LSE, his particular interest is in developing innovative means to broaden the reach and boost the ambition of social impact projects, through a deeper understanding of identity and culture.

Through practical examples and case studies, he will show how any social impact businesses can leverage their core mission to drive burgeoning popularity, outcompete their rivals and deliver sustainable social impact.


Tuesday 16th January

The Sharing Economy

Benita Matofska is a world-leading expert and speaker, renowned for her ability to captivate audiences worldwide with her knowledge, dynamism and passion for the Sharing Economy – a 21st Century phenomenon that is changing the way we think, live and do business. An award-winning social entrepreneur, she is the founder of global social enterprise and consultancy The People Who Share and Global Sharing Week, reaching over 100 million people worldwide.

Driven by the belief that sharing is a solution to our complex global problems, Benita travels the globe delivering her unique insights to people and companies seeking to integrate this economic trend into their businesses and daily lives.


Tuesday 23rd January

Video Production for Crowdfunding

Creating a winning Crowdfunding video pitch is a challenge, especially for social enterprises. The latest statistics show that less than one third of all crowdfunding campaigns reach their goal. Crowdfunders can invest weeks of preparation and spend hundreds (and in some cases thousands) of pounds on a pitch video only to see a campaign fail to reach its target. So what makes a successful crowdfunding video pitch?

In this talk delivered by Jonathan Rose, a video producer and the founder of MotionFish Media Project CIC, he will share insights and experience of producing a number of very successful pitch videos that have generated over £500,000 for his clients (including social enterprises).


Tuesday 30th January

Failure in Social Enterprise – Speaking the Unspoken

Roxanne Persaud LFRSA is an Associate Lecturer on the MA Social Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths; an independent consultant to social start-ups with a background in charity management, both in the UK and overseas; and a Life Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufacture and Commerce. She is currently conducting her doctoral research into social enterprise failure and describes herself variously as a pracademic, a socioprenuerial knowmad, network weaver, serendipiteurse, and scholar of failure. Roxanne’s tweets can be found at @Failwise


Tuesday 6th February

The FairShares Constitution

Fairshares constitution is a methodology that promotes a new approach to capital. It recognizes all capitals invested from diverse stakeholders. In EvoluteSix the primary stakeholders invest capitals related to entrepreneurial, labour, user and financial engagements. It goes beyond simple for-profit. Beyond simple social enterprise. It allows all stakeholders to have a fair share of the wealth generated by a business. It includes social auditing tools to support developing of management of capital, ethical reviews on choice of goods and services as well as production and retailing processes, and specification of social purposes and auditing of its impacts to society.

Graham Boyd is a Partner at EvoluteSix. He has been a research physicist, a manager at Procter & Gamble and a CEO of start-ups. He is also a member of the FairShares Association.


No Guest Lecture in Reading Week, 12th – 16th February


Tuesday 20th February

Empowering you vs Empowering the community: The journey of a social change strategist

Ayo Wallace is a writer, poet and activist based in North West London. For the past decade she has worked in the voluntary sector supporting not for profit community organisations and social enterprises. Through working at a grassroots level in the African Caribbean diaspora in the U.K, she has seen triumphs and challenges in creating social change and will touch on the importance of self empowerment and planning for the future. Ayo will also share her experience of empowering communities and the power of social entrepreneurship in providing vital community services as well as how community space is at risk and what social entrepreneurship can do to respond to government cuts and gentrification.

Now working as Secretary General for the African Diaspora Youth Network in Europe, Ayo has a broad perspective of social development and balancing reality with ambition in order to create greater social impact. ADYNE is an umbrella organisation that brings together African diaspora youth leaders and organisations in Europe and is currently leading a 2 year project to develop a social innovation hub in Uganda.


Tuesday 27th February

SELCE and Community Energy

Dr Giovanna Speciale is co-founder and CEO of South East London Community Energy (SELCE) a pioneering not for profit energy cooperative that aims to transform the way we produce, consume and own energy. She also sits on Board of Community Energy England; the voice for the community energy sector in the UK. SELCE was set up by a group of people who are aware of the need to tackle climate change, for a rapid transition to low carbon energy sources, and to reduce levels of fuel poverty; SELCE was formed as a vehicle for taking action in a locally focused way. SELCE currently owns and operates 326kW of community financed solar PV hosted by 7 local schools that will save them an estimated £445,000 on the costs of their electricity over the 20-year project and reduce CO2 emissions by 146 tonnes annually. SELCE is committed to reducing fuel poverty and has provided tailored energy advice to over 1260 vulnerable householders helping them to reduce energy costs and stay warm and well in winter. Giovanna brings 14 years’ experience in the community sector. Prior to working to establish SELCE she worked as a community research and participation specialist and managed community focused environmental projects. She also has an M.Sc. in Energy Policy for Sustainability at the University of Sussex (and a rather pointless Ph.D in Psychology!)

SELCE’s business model is transformational: it’s about more than social business – it’s about system change. In the three years since they have set up they have encountered multiple barriers. But they learnt a lot along the way and, in terms of size of asset ownership, they are now the largest community energy enterprise in London. The session will describe the story of SELCE from it being an idea in the minds of a few idealistic optimistic energy geeks to present day via the multiple changes in government policy that have rocked their core business model.


Tuesday 6th March

Disrupting social innovation, pursuing inclusive innovation and co-creation for social change

“Social innovation is not inclusive”. Harsha Patel, the founder of Doing Social and a practitioner in the social sector for the last fifteen years, has observed that people from underserved or underprivileged backgrounds do not have the same access to opportunities as others, to participate in, or lead the development of solutions which can improve their life chances. Doing Social seeks to create the conditions for inclusive innovation in the UK, to help fix the flaws and inherent bias they see within the social innovation ecosystem, in order to improve access to opportunities, which can strengthen sustainable outcomes. Doing Social’s business model involves working with a range of partners, including universities, to improve innovation practices and systems, and to create opportunities and resources, so that communities and beneficiaries can co-produce or lead social innovations in ways that are meaningful and helpful to their lives.

The objectives of this interactive workshop are to develop your awareness of the wide range of issues relating to inclusion (or exclusion) within social innovation, to understand the benefits of inclusive innovation, and to give you the opportunity to explore how you can co-create inclusive innovations. Harsha will walk you through a live example of how Doing Social is applying the principles of co-creation within a new degree course they have developed for a university, so you will be able to see clearly how the theory translates in practice and how you can implement these ideas in your future practice. Doing Social is a not-for-profit start-up headquartered in London and they will have a northern base in Leeds from summer 2018.


Tuesday 13th March

Oxfam’s Future of Business Initiative

Erinch leads Oxfam’s Future of Business Initiative. Erinch’s work spans both Oxfam’s enterprise development work and campaigns. Most recently, Erinch led Oxfam’s private sector team, working on collaborative partnerships and campaigns to bring about solutions to the most challenging social issues linked to global business. He also led Oxfam’s work scoring the food companies in the Behind the Brands campaign and subsequently Oxfam GBs Food and Climate Campaigns and Policy Team. Prior to joining Oxfam in 2011, Erinch worked in business, including as a market strategy manager at Procter & Gamble and in government, as a development advisor to Australia’s trade negotiation team in Indonesia. He holds both law and business degrees and has worked across Asia and Africa. Erinch is also an associate lecturer at Oxford Brookes and regularly lectures on sustainable business at various universities, including Cambridge and Exeter.


Tuesday 20th March

Business Model Surgery (MA Social Entrepreneurship students only)

Adrian Ashton has been named “one of the UK’s Top Ten business advisors” by the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Experience with management roles in a wide variety of social enterprises, community organisations and more ‘traditional’ enterprise support bodies enabled him to ‘turn around’ an ailing specialist social enterprise support agency into a nationally recognised body and gained him the recognition as an authority on social enterprises from organisations including the DTI and Bank of England.




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