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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

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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

 

Goldsmiths Social Enterprise Guest Lecture Autumn Schedule

Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship

Social Enterprise Lecture Series Autumn 2016

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

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Venue:

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

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

Time: Tuesdays (with one exception), 5.30 – 7pm

For Directions to ICCE click here

Summary

Tues 27th Sep Robert Ashton, Swarm Apprenticeships Becoming the change you want to see
Tues 4th Oct Ken Banks, Kiwanja.Net Technology-led Social Innovation: Opportunity, Issues and Potential
Thurs 6th Oct Michelle Wright, CEO Cause4 The Journey of a Start Up, and the role of company culture in making the difference between success and failure
Tues 11th Oct Alastair Wilson, CEO School for Social Entrepreneurs Practical Support for Social Entrepreneurs – what works
Tues 18th Oct Rhys Pritchard & colleagues at Spitalfields Crypt Trust Title TBA
Tues 25th Oct Roxanne Persaud, LFRSA Failure in Social Enterprise – Speaking the Unspoken
Tues 8th Nov Paula Woodman, Senior Social Enterprise Advisor, British Council The British Council’s Social Enterprise Work in 24 Countries
Tues 15th Nov
Tues 22nd Nov Jonathan Bland, Managing Director, Social Business International Title TBA
Tues 29th Nov
Tues 6th Dec Ray Woolford, author ‘Foodbank Britain’, founder of Deptford Heritage Festival Social Enterprise: Which compromises – political, social, economic – will you make to reach your goals?

 

Further enquiries to ICCE Department, A.Kynaston@Gold.ac.uk or to Dr Richard Hull R.Hull@Gold.ac.uk

 

Ken Banks on Technology-led Social Innovation, SE Guest Lecture

Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths

Social Enterprise Lecture Series Autumn 2016

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

Tuesday 4th October 5-7pm

For Directions to ICCE click here

Ken Banks

Technology-led Social Innovation: Opportunity, Issues and Potential

Ken Banks, Founder of kiwanja.net and creator of messaging platform FrontlineSMS, devotes himself to the application of mobile technology for positive social and environmental change in the developing world. He has worked at the intersection of technology, anthropology, conservation and development for the past twenty-five years and, during that time, has lived and worked across the African continent. He is a PopTech Fellow, a Tech Awards Laureate, an Ashoka Fellow and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and has been internationally recognised for his technology-based work. In 2013 he was nominated for the TED Prize, and in 2015 was a Visiting Fellow at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. In late 2015 Ken was appointed CARE International’s first Entrepreneur in Residence. He is also a published author, with his first edited book, The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator, self-published in late 2013 with a follow-up, published by Kogan Page, Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation: International Case Studies and Practice, released in March 2016. In this talk, Ken will talk about the challenges of social innovation and international development, and how innovation happens ‘in the wild’ vs. in more controlled environments.

Venue:

Room PSH 326, Professor Stuart Hall Building

(Opposite ICCE Office)

Goldsmiths, University of London

Lewisham Way, SE14 6NW

For directions, see https://goldenangle.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/directions-to-icce/

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

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