Wowser – two Goldsmiths’ projects voted best “profit with purpose”

Two projects from Goldsmiths were yesterday voted the best “profit with purpose” initiatives at the Semi-Finals of the 2018 Santander Entrepreneurship Awards. In ICCE we are very proud that one of those was from Jack O’Donoghue on the MA Social Entrepreneurship (above, third from right).

Santander Bank Universities division have been running their annual Entrepreneurship Awards since 2011, showcasing and rewarding the best new ideas from university students, graduates and staff. The Southern Region Semi-Final was held yesterday in London at the rather sumptuous University of Liverpool’s London campus near Moorgate. Richard Hull went along to lend support to Jack, from the MA Social Entrepreneurship, and also to Rehana Al-Soltane @rehana_makes from Brunel University (above, fourth from right), who was present on behalf of Goldsmiths’ Hadeel Ayoub @HadeelAyoub studying for a PhD in Arts and Computational Technology with @goldcomputing .

Jack @jackod100 was presenting his project ‘Of The Ilk’, which is making and selling an organic cotton-based re-usable food wrapping as an alternative to cling-film. Hadeel and Rehana have developed a ‘smart-glove’, BrightSignGlove which interprets British Sign Language movements and converts them to text.

The Awards were this year grouped into two categories – ‘Tech’ and ‘Non-Tech’ – and 10 projects from each category were selected from approximately 600 entries to compete in the Semi-Finals. Two projects in each category were then yesterday selected by the judges to go forward to the Final in November where they will compete with another eight projects for over £80,000 worth of equity-free seed-funding, mentoring, a week-long accelerator, and a fully-funded intern. But this year, for the first time, there was a special additional award from each category, voted on by attendees, for the best “profit with purpose” project demonstrating social, community or environmental impact, with a potential prize of £7,500 equity-free seed-funding, the accelerator week, and a fully-funded intern.

This year was the first time any projects from Goldsmiths have been submitted, and both of our two entries have succeeded in going forward to the Finals in the “profit with purpose” category. Huge congratulations to them, and we all wish them the very best of luck.

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Innovation in Care: Monday 12th Feb

One day conference for practitioners, researchers, and change-makers 

Date: Monday, 12th February 2018 

Location: Professor Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths College, New Cross, London SE14 6NW. 

Cost: £15 (lunch included) 

Register at: https://goo.gl/Z2nmn7 

Email: ASomers@nightingalehammerson.org 

@NGHHammerson 

Brought to you by Nightingale Hammerson and the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship

9:00-9:30 – Conference registration

9:30-11:15 – Session 1

Helen Simmons, CEO, Nightingale Hammerson 

Stephen Burke, CEO, United for All Ages 

Judith Ish-Horowicz, MBE, Co-Founder and Director, Apples and Honey Nightingale CIC 

Ian Bennett, Head Teacher, Downshall Primary School 

Professor Alex Murdock 

11:30-12:45 – Session 2

Lorraine George, Childminding Development Worker, Torbay Council 

Diane Boyd, Senior Lecturer in Early Years, Liverpool John Moores University 

Jane Fonteyn, Regional Youth Development Officer, St John Ambulance 

1:30-3:10 – Session 3

Joanna James, Lead Dementia Nurse, Imperial College Healthcare Trust 

Students from Activate Learning 

Professor Julienne Meyer, School of Health Sciences, City, University of London

Simon Pedzisi, Director of Care Services, Nightingale Hammerson 

3:30-4:30 – Session 4

Alastair Addison, Head of Activities, Nightingale Hammerson 

Ali Somers, PhD, Nightingale Hammerson 

Richard Hull, PhD, Course Director, MA in Social Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths 

Register at: https://goo.gl/Z2nmn7 

Email: ASomers@nightingalehammerson.org 

@NGHHammerson

Book Launch Wednesday 6pm RHB142

We are very pleased to invite you to join us for the book launch of ‘Social and Solidarity Economy: the World’s economy with a social face’ that brings experiences from different social and solidarity economy initiatives around the world.

This book aims to provide the reader with an insight into the relevance of a section of the economy, which is often referred to as the ‘social and solidarity economy’ (SSE); and highlight some of the current issues in the field, how they are being addressed and some of their future implications. Using case studies from around the world, this book ‘Social and Solidarity Economy: The World’s Economy With a Social Face’ provides an up-to-date account of the strengths and weaknesses of these initiatives across four continents including issues that have not been researched sufficiently before (e.g. circular economy, social propaganda and its dangers, social enterprise as a panacea for NGOs in developing countries, and ‘new’ social movements).

There is growing interest in SSE initiatives among policymakers, foundations, researchers and academic institutions around the world. Despite this interest, SSE related research remains scarce. There are concerned that SSE initiatives, which contribute significantly to their local communities’ development, need to be more widely disseminated amongst the general public. The Social and Solidarity Economy: The World’s Economy With a Social Face will help promote the ground-breaking work being done by organisations and individuals but which remain undocumented and help to raise awareness of such initiatives as well as contribute to academia with a critical approach to the sector covering issues that have not been covered much before, such as the circular economy and the dangers of social propaganda.

Aimed at researchers, academics and policy makers in the fields of Social Enterprise, corporate social responsibility, tourism, International Economics as well as supporting disciplines ‘Social and Solidarity Economy: The World’s Economy With a Social Face’ looks to establish and help define the field.

This event is a chance to learn more about the book and meet the academics involved. It will be a celebration of the book and the authors, with a panel discussion and the presentation of the film feature ‘Memoirs of Solidarity’ that was produced as a result of this research.

Event outline:

  • Welcome from Richard Hull, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Author – Andres Morales (brief introduction to the book and film feature)
  • Reviewers talk about the book (Servane Mouazan, Founder of Ogunte and Richard Hull, Director of MA in Social Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths)
  • Q&A session

The book can be preordered and please do send in any questions you have for the panel who will do their best to answer them at the event.

Link to the book: https://www.routledge.com/Social-and-Solidarity-Economy-The-Worlds-Economy-with-a-Social-Face/Calvo-Morales-Zikidis/p/book/9781138935563

Link to the film feature: http://www.memoirs-of-solidarity.org

Salute!

Open:2017 Platform Cooperatives

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The 17th century philosopher Spinoza, writing at a time of immense political and religious turbulence, believed that one of the most important political sentiments is hope (so Barack Obama was ploughing a well-worn furrow). As individuals we are relatively weak compared to the cumulative powers of others, but Spinoza said that when we come together through “a common hope” we are strengthened. In these current turbulent times the need to come together has never been more evident.

This is why I am delighted that the Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths is hosting a major conference on cooperation and the collaborative economy, Open:2017 Platform Cooperatives on the 16th -17th February here at Goldsmiths (a few tickets are still available here).

We are hosting this conference because, as a department we champion new approaches to the organisation of economic activity: new business models; new sources of finance; and the consequent need for new forms of organisation and management. In this vein we have, for the last five years, run the MA in Social Entrepreneurship with a highly inclusive remit. Indeed, the Social Enterprise field is so varied that it is small wonder that some commentators feel impelled to talk about it as a zoo.

For us here in ICCE, that zoo very definitely includes cooperatives and we look forward to hearing how platform cooperatives offer a genuine sharing economy alternative to the likes of Uber, AirBnB, other recent forms of platform capitalism and the ‘super-firms’ dominating the global economic landscape and exacerbating global inequality.

Richard Hull, Programme Director, MA Social Entrepreneurship

Social Enterprise: Which compromises will you make to reach your goals?

Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship

Social Enterprise Lecture Series Autumn 2016

Tuesday 6th December 5.30 (not 5) – 7pm 

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

Ray Barron-Woolford

Social Enterprise: Which compromises – political, social, economic – will you make to reach your goals?

  

Ray Barron-Woolford is a multi-award-winning social entrepreneur, author (best known for Food Bank Britain), broadcaster (Talk Radio Europe), campaigner and activist in People Before Profit. He has experience in establishing and running three very different social enterprises. Ray has won several awards including the Pink Paper’s award for the Best UK LGBT Business of the Year, the London Chamber of Commerce’s awards for the Best London Business for Innovation, the best London Business for Customer Service, and was a finalist for the London Business Person of the Year award, and he won the Greenwich Council’s award for Best Greenwich Business for Enterprise. He has also received a medal from the Russian government for his work on Deptford’s heritage

Today’s talk will focus on the possibility of working out a reliable model for social enterprise based on my day-to-day practice and experience of success and failure.

Venue:

Room PSH 326, Professor Stuart Hall Building (Opposite ICCE Office)

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

For Directions to ICCE click here

Click tinyurl.com/zga8v2m for a list of all this Autumn’s speakers

Further enquiries to ICCE Department, A.Kynaston@Gold.ac.uk

or to Dr Richard Hull R.Hull@Gold.ac.uk

 

Tara Anderson & Andrew Curtis (aka Dragonfly Collective) on Post Trump/Brexit

Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship

Social Enterprise Lecture Series Autumn 2016

Tuesday 29th November 5.30 (not 5) – 7pm

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

Tara Anderson & Andrew Curtis

(Dragonfly Collective @TheDragonflyC ) 

Post Trump & Brexit: the role of Collective Impact & communications in the third sector & beyond 

Tara Anderson’s background is in strategic planning, marketing, public relations, communications and fundraising at executive level in the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector in Australia and the UK. She is the Co-Founder and Director of The Dragonfly Collective. Her passion and career focus is reducing inequality and poverty, particularly through collaborative approaches.

There has been a wave of recent interest in approaches to cross-sector collaboration that deliver systemic social impact. ‘Collective impact’ is one such methodology that has been widely adopted in the USA and is currently emerging in the UK. Tara’s contribution will explore the field of collective impact and the barriers and enablers to delivering it in the UK context, based on research completed for her Masters in Social Innovation dissertation.

Andrew Curtis has supported some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities in Australia and the UK through executive leadership, Board membership, academic research and lecturing, project design and hands-on service delivery. An original member of the Social Entrepreneurs Network in Australia Andrew has consulted to both government and a range of social enterprises – from the very large to the very small. Andrew has a PhD in hermeneutics and an MBA – combining critical thinking with business models and practice.

Venue:

Room PSH 326, Professor Stuart Hall Building (Opposite ICCE Office)

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

For Directions to ICCE click here

Click tinyurl.com/zga8v2m for a list of all this Autumn’s speakers

Further enquiries to ICCE Department, A.Kynaston@Gold.ac.uk

or to Dr Richard Hull R.Hull@Gold.ac.uk

Paula Woodman, on the British Council’s Social Enterprise work

Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship

Social Enterprise Lecture Series Autumn 2016

Tuesday 8th November 5.30 (not 5) – 7pm

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

Paula Woodman

The British Council’s Social Enterprise Work in 24 Countries

 

Paula Woodman has very recently been appointed a Visiting Fellow to the Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship. She will be describing the wide range of activities conducted globally by the British Council to promote social enterprise. She was appointed in September 2015 to the new role of Senior Advisor, Social Enterprise at the British Council, having served as their Social Enterprise Advisor since 2012. She previously led on the development and implementation of the Social Enterprise Mark, having moved there from RISE (Social Enterprise SW England) who first developed the Mark.

Venue:

Room PSH 326, Professor Stuart Hall Building (Opposite ICCE Office)

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

For Directions to ICCE click here

Click tinyurl.com/zga8v2m for a list of all this Autumn’s speakers

Further enquiries to ICCE Department, A.Kynaston@Gold.ac.uk

or to Dr Richard Hull R.Hull@Gold.ac.uk