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

 

Alastair Wilson, CEO School for Social Entrepreneurs – “What Works”

Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship

Social Enterprise Lecture Series Autumn 2016

Tuesday 11th October 5.30 (not 5) – 7pm

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

Alastair Wilson, CEO, School for Social Entrepreneurs

Practical Support for Social Entrepreneurs – what works

 

Having worked extensively in the private sector, Alastair Wilson became a student of School for Social Entrepreneurs in 1997. Having established and run his own project, he returned to SSE as Chief Executive in 2004.

Alastair is the co-founder and director of Tonic Housing CIC which is looking to develop a fresh approach to LGBT elder living. Alastair has held trustee roles in a number of organisations and is currently a trustee of the Sheila McKechnie Foundation and The Cabrach Trust CIC. He has previously been a trustee of organisations including Social Enterprise UK, UnLtd, Access – the foundation for Social Investment and the Akram Khan Dance Company.

 

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

 

Interview with Tyler Tornaben – Research and Project Development Assistant at the Yunus Social Business Centre

Tyler is a 2013 MA Social Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, UoL, alumna. To find out about her journey and her super cool job the intrepid team of Golden Angle bloggers tracked her down at the Yunus Centre for Social Business, University of Florence.

What were you up to before you studied at Goldsmiths?

I was based in San Francisco and studying an undergraduate degree in community arts. While studying I worked part-time at creativity explored, a 501c3 social enterprise that worked with disabled artists to export their work locally, nationally and internationally. I was deeply interested and involved with art therapy in general and loved the work, but felt that there were more sustainable means to structure the organisation and therefore started looking at MA programs that might deepen my knowledge of the field. I came across Goldsmiths after looking at grad programs that were involved in community arts, but stumbled open the MA in Social Entrepreneurship site and thought, wow, this is exactly what I’m looking for, but didn’t know it even existed! I ended up falling in love with the Goldsmiths creative mentality combined with some of the skills that an MA in Social Entrepreneurship might provide… I also thought that it would be the best place for my new-found interest in social entrepreneurship because it was the first place to really offer a pure social enterprise MA course.

What were some of the things you felt you got out of doing this MA?

I had never considered myself a researcher before. But Goldsmiths pushed me to become more analytical/critical in considering the field and to innovate in new ways. I became 100% better at research led work, so much so I am now a researcher at the Yunus Center for Social Business at Florence University. I also realised during that time that it could be a potential future for me, as well as realising that it was an essential skill for many kinds of work in the social enterprise field, whether or not I was going to pursue only research.

What was your dissertation about?

I became really interested over the course of the year in women’s empowerment, microfinance and the Grameen Bank model. After doing some deeper research into that field, I discovered that Grameen was expanding into the US, which led me to focus my thesis on reverse innovation, the process by which social innovations spread to unlikely places. In this case I studied the way in which microfinance initiatives that were born out of solving poverty and development needs in the developing world, might be applied to the developed world. We often think of them as separate, whereas in fact there is a lot we can learn from the innovations that are created in order to tackle poverty, since we do in fact struggle with many of the same structural issues. The notion of poverty alleviation really does apply everywhere and my dissertation supported that when looking at Grameen  America vs. Grameen Bangladesh.

Super interesting! So what did that lead to?

Thanks! Well, after my research I was excited by the idea of more research-based work. I was visiting my family in Italy and stumbled upon the Yunus Centre. I had no idea that Italy had such a reputable research centre for social business! So I was thrilled and I sent them an email. A few weeks later I started working with them!

Amazing! So what are you working on right now?

Half of the time I’m doing social innovation research in general, covering many similar topics from my year with Goldsmiths. And the other part of my job is in developing a social entrepreneurship curriculum for overseas study abroad students from universities all over Europe and the U.S. So I’m constantly challenged both to utilize my research skills and my creativity, which I love!

And what next?

We shall see! I am currently thinking of pursuing a PHD program. Something I never thought I’d do but after this job and my time with Goldsmiths, I would love to continue my research in a university setting. Otherwise, I am excited to further continue my career in the social enterprise and development field working with innovative research centres like the Yunus Social Business Centre University of Florence.

To keep up with Tyler’s groundbreaking research you can follow her on Twitter @TylerTornaben

Interview with Daisy – MA Social Entrepreneurship 2014

298001_1919875009780_1224136764_nWhere are you from and what did you do before coming to Goldsmiths?

I’m Irish, but I grew up in the US. I studied Development at the University of East Anglia. After graduating I worked for a social Enterprise in Swaziland called Tintsaba Craft. We worked with rural weavers and exported their products overseas to Fairtrade buyers. I was in charge of business development as well as the management of literacy and education projects, which I started.

Why did you chose social entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths?

After studying development and working in Swaziland I felt the old models of aid weren’t working and that social entrepreneurship is a more sustainable model for addressing social failures, especially in the developing world. In Swaziland there aren’t many alternative views on how to develop poverty reduction strategies, so I wanted to equip myself with the knowledge and ability to bring new thinking to Swaziland. I also wanted to return to London to build my networks in Social Entrepreneurship in the UK and be part of a dynamic environment. Goldsmiths social entrepreneurship is at the centre of the UK scene so it seemed like a natural choice.

Why Goldsmiths?

I really liked the fact that Goldsmiths is well known for its creativity and felt that being part of that environment would be an added value while studying social enterprise. Especially because I’m interested in artisan based enterprise the last organisation I worked with was very creative in nature.

What have you enjoyed about the course?

Firstly, I love being part of a diverse learning environment with so many different views and life experiences. So many of my classmates have real social enterprise experience and bring that wealth of knowledge to the program. Secondly, I’ve really enjoyed the entrepreneurial modelling class because it’s given me some hard skills in business planning that I can use in future roles. And thirdly we’ve had the space to develop our theoretical and conceptual understanding of social enterprise and social innovation.