Sorry, we’ve had to cancel the June O’Sullivan lecture

We are very sorry but due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to cancel today’s  Guest Lecture by June O’Sullivan.



Michelle Wright of Cause4 speaking on start-ups and company culture

Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship

Social Enterprise Lecture Series Autumn 2016

Thursday 6th October 5-7pm

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

For Directions to ICCE click here

Michelle Wright

The Journey of a Start Up, and the role of company culture

in making the difference between success and failure

Michelle Wright, Chief Executive of Cause4, trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and played the violin professionally. A chartered marketer, manager and fundraiser, Michelle set up B-Corporation and social enterprise Cause4 in May 2009 and since has undertaken major strategic and business development projects, including campaign developments with a number of national charities and consultancy work for FTSE 100 brands developing their cultural sponsorship programmes. Michelle also specialises in philanthropy, having recently developed a number of major philanthropy projects for charities and corporates, and having set up new philanthropic foundations for sports stars, artists and entrepreneurs.

In 2014 Michelle was awarded the IWEC award for outstanding entrepreneurial achievement, and represented the UK as a National Champion for Entrepreneur of the Year in the European Business Awards. In 2015 she was recommended to the Maserati 100 list for Entrepreneurs that ‘give back’ and was voted by Salt Magazine as one of the top five compassionate business leaders in the UK, alongside leaders such as Richard Branson. She won the Gold Award for Women of the Year at the San Francisco International Women in Business Awards in 2016 and was awarded the Freedom of the City of London by the Guild of Entrepreneurs in 2016.



Room PSH 326, Professor Stuart Hall Building

(Opposite ICCE Office)

Goldsmiths, University of London

Lewisham Way, SE14 6NW

Click for a list of all this Autumn’s speakers

Further enquiries to ICCE Department,

or to Dr Richard Hull

Robert Ashton is first in Goldsmiths’ Autumn 2016 SE Guest Lecture Series

Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths

Social Enterprise Lecture Series Autumn 2016


The first of this year’s lectures is on

Tuesday 27th September 5-7pm

Robert Ashton

Becoming the change you want to see

Robert failed his 11+ exam in 1966 and only decades later realised his problem was that he was rather bright, not stupid as he’d been told at school. He’s now a member of Mensa, the High IQ Society.

He left a corporate sales and marketing career in 1990 to find his own way in the world. Since then he’s started and sold businesses, written 19 books and sparked the formation of what is now the UK’s top performing Community Foundation. He’s helped countless social enterprises get off the ground, often asking difficult questions of politicians to win the support needed to enable positive social change. He’s led a successful asset transfer, created an urban community land trust. In 2013, founded Swarm Apprenticeships, a social enterprise that uses enterprise qualifications to empower bright young people who fall through the education net as he did 50 years ago.

Robert will tell his story and explain why he thinks now is the perfect time to start a social enterprise.


Admission is Free

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


Room PSH 326, Professor Stuart Hall Building

(Opposite ICCE Office)

Goldsmiths, University of London

Lewisham Way, SE14 6NW

For directions, see

Further enquiries to ICCE Department,

or to Dr Richard Hull


Truly Outside The Box

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The Goldsmiths Masters in Social Entrepreneurship is open for applications for entry in 2017. You can study full-time for one year or part-time for two years. This unique programme is located within the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, University of London. Scholarships and bursaries are available, with a very wide range of scholarships for International students from outside the European Union. Students from the UK, the European Union and some UK-based refugees can apply for a Postgraduate Loan.

Why study Social Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths? You will learn alongside students from across the globe and with varied backgrounds, working mostly in small groups. You’ll be taught by experienced staff from the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship and a wide range of Guest Lecturers including practitioners from many leading social enterprises as well as academic and policy experts. You can see our Autumn 2016 schedule of Guest Speakers here.

Learn about and critically reflect upon the policies, frameworks, regulatory environments and new funding and revenue models that support social enterprise, social innovation and the social economy. You will be introduced to techniques of entrepreneurial modelling and the evaluation of social impact, and will be given the opportunity to undertake practical exercises to test the theoretical approaches you to which you have been introduced.

London and the UK are globally leading locations in terms of the variety of activities and support organisations focused upon social enterprise. For further details please see the Programme web-page.

Guest Lectures, Spring Schedule

Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship

Social Enterprise Lecture Series Spring 2016

Admission is Free

Open To All within and beyond Goldsmiths

(No need to book)



Room PSH 326, Professor Stuart Hall Building

(Opposite ICCE Office)

Goldsmiths, University of London

Lewisham Way, SE14 6NW

Time: Tuesdays, 5 – 7pm


Tues 19th Jan Gao Youjiang The characteristics and determinants of Social Entrepreneurship in China: A Grounded Theory Approach
Tues 2nd Feb Fritha Vincent From Fundraising to Social Business: My Personal Journey
Tues 9th Feb Tara Anderson From competition to collaboration: using ‘collective impact’ to drive social change
Tues 23rd Feb Robbie Davison Social Finance and Social Enterprise: A Provocation
Tues 1st Mar Margaret Bolton & Niamh Goggin Social Investment in the Creative & Cultural Industries: The Case of Northern Ireland.
Tues 8th Mar Faaria Ahmed The Think Global Research Project on Developing the Social & Solidarity Economy.
Tues 15th Mar June O’Sullivan Be The Best
Tues 22nd Mar Dan Gregory The Search for Scale

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

For Directions to ICCE see the earlier post.

For details of the Masters in Social Entrepreneurship, see

Tuesday 19th January

The Characteristics and Determinants of Social Entrepreneurship in China: A Grounded Theory Approach

Gao Youjiang has just completed his PhD at the University of Hull Business School. There is a lack of precise definition of Chinese Social Entrepreneurship and also a dearth of definitional consensus on generic Social Entrepreneurship, thus empirical research identifying the unique attributes of Chinese Social Entrepreneurship may be in pressing need. A grounded theory approach is employed in this study for clarifying the ontological and epistemological nature of Social Entrepreneurship in China in order to formulate its definition.

I argue that the ontological nature of Social Entrepreneurship refers to economic-social transition; the epistemological nature is shaped by the origin of knowledge of Chinese Social Entrepreneurship that is broken down into two dimensions including nativism and exoticism. This study displays the uniqueness of Chinese Social Entrepreneurship and helps position it evidently around the generic field of Social Entrepreneurship. In particular, the research develops Alter’s (2006) social enterprise models by augmenting an extra model.

Tuesday 2nd February

From Fundraising to Social Business: My Personal Journey

Fritha Vincent works as a fundraiser and performance coach through her own business, Believe YOU Can Make a Difference Ltd. During her 14 year career in the voluntary and not for profit sector she has worked in organisations both in the UK and abroad, including Save the Children. Fritha has been learning about and exploring the world of social business and as a keen social entrepreneur she has set up her first business, Secret Pillow Project. This project empowers women in India through the making and selling of Secret Pillows. A Secret Pillow is a pillow that unfolds into a blanket. I will be speaking about my personal journey from being a charity fundraiser and moving over to running a social business. I will speak about my passion for social business and my hope it can make the world so much fairer.

Tuesday 9th February

From competition to collaboration: using ‘collective impact’ to drive social change

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 lecture 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.

Tuesday 23rd February

Social Finance and Social Enterprise: A Provocation

Robbie Davison has been a social enterprise practitioner for 25 years – setting up and leading a number of successful social enterprises as well raising £millions for regeneration initiatives. He is currently the Director of Can Cook, a food enterprise based in Liverpool. Since 2011 he has been researching and writing (with a colleague Helen Heap) about social finance. Robbie and Helen have published a number of papers and a short book on the subject. It will be about his experiences of social finance that will be the main focus of his talk. The talk will cover:- The difference between the Right money and wrong money; The difference between social finance and social investment; Why social finance will never facilitate social enterprise growth; Creating real social investment; What the data tells us and why the data is being ignored. The talk will be provocative and is intended to present a challenge to anyone interested in social justice.

Tuesday 1st March

Social Investment in the Creative & Cultural Industries: The Case of Northern Ireland.

Margaret Bolton has been Director of Policy and Research at NCVO and Advisor to the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and is currently Head of Learning and Dissemination at the Gulbenkian Foundation. As part of the Capital Matters project, she examined the financing of arts and cultural organisations. The Capital Matters report is credited by the Arts Impact Fund as an important milestone in the road to the Fund’s creation. Niamh Goggin has worked in social investment since 1994, lending, raising capital investment and social finance deposits. She provides social investment advice and support to Big Local, a £200m foundation and is researching the experience of small and medium-sized charities in seeking and using social investment. Niamh and Margaret are working on a project to define the potential role of social investment in supporting arts and culture in Northern Ireland.

Tuesday 8th March

The Think Global Research Project on Developing the Social & Solidarity Economy.

Faaria Ahmad is a Programme Manager at the charity Think Global which promotes global learning – and global action – for a more just and sustainable world. Our work covers three main areas: training, resources, and research and advocacy. Faaria currently manages projects which focus on supermarket supply chains and alternative economic models. She is also the Chair of the trustee board at MADE, a Muslim youth campaign and education organisation. She has an LLM in Law, Development and Governance from the School of Oriental and African Studies. Faaria will be discussing one of her projects on Social and Solidarity Economies (SSE). Since May 2015, we have been mapping and researching the role that SSE plays in the UK, across Europe and the Global South. Faaria will be sharing some of the key findings from the research and discuss how we can rethink current models to alleviate poverty.

Tuesday 15th March

Social Enterprises Must Be The Best

June O’Sullivan, MBE is CEO of London Early Years Foundation, one of the UK’s largest charitable childcare social enterprises. LEYF has 350 staff across 35 community nurseries in 11 key London boroughs, a thriving apprenticeship programme, and it was awarded Nursery of the Year for 2014. LEYF has just opened a new nursery in New Cross. June is a regular speaker on social enterprise and will be showing why social enterprises cannot just rely on consumers’ preference for ‘buying social’ and must instead strive to make a better offer than their ‘non-social’ competitors.

Tuesday 22nd March

The Search For Scale

Dan Gregory spends some of his time as Head of Policy at Social Enterprise UK and also works independently under the banner of Common Capital. Dan has worked for the Treasury and the Cabinet Office and led the development of government policy on social investment. He also works at a more practical and local level supporting social enterprises and community-led meanwhile use across the country.

Dan will explore how charities, social enterprises and informal social action make up the critical foundations of our society. Yet, while they carry out critical maintenance work across the country – through food banks, homeless shelters, furniture recycling projects and citizens’ advice bureaux, for instance – policymakers and funders fetishise scale and disruption, initiating a pandemic of social innovation hubs, accelerators and incubators. This narrow, instrumental, short-term obsession with innovation per se distracts us from the social sector’s wider, longer-term role in shaping markets and the state. Can we start to distinguish between – and reclaim – the good from the new, value from novelty, maintenance from Conservatism, and progress from innovation?

Directions to ICCE

Directions to the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship

The ICCE office is Room 331 on the third floor of the Professor Stuart Hall (PSH) Building.

This building is in the process of changing its name (buildings are smart these days!!) and some signs still point to its old name of New Academic Building (NAB).

This building is across the green from Goldsmiths’ main Richard Hoggart Building on Lewisham Way, which is five minutes’ walk from both New Cross and New Cross Gate stations. These stations are on London Overground and can be reached by getting the underground Jubilee Line and changing at Canada Water.

The main entrance to the Richard Hoggart Building is opposite the end of Parkfield Road. You can find it on Google Maps with the postcode SE14 6NW.

Go to the main building and either ask at reception (on the right, just inside the entrance) or just walk right through the building and the green is on the other side, and the PSH/NAB is the shiny new glass building right opposite.

The lifts to the third floor are at the back of the building to the right of the cafeteria.

Any problem just call the ICCE office on 0207 296 4255.



A summer school with a difference: How to design “good” innovations

This summer, SOAS, University of London, will hold its first full-fledged summer school on social entrepreneurship, running from the 6th to the 24th of July. Full details and application instructions can be found here. The official long title of the summer school is Social Entrepreneurship: Enlightened Organisational Frameworks for Sustainable Prosperity’. Applications are expected from a diverse range of prospective students (including mature students and science & engineering majors) from around the world, some of whom will be completely new to the world of social innovation and impact while others will have significant entrepreneurial and/or non-entrepreneurial work experience.

Tuukka is excited to act as the main coordinator of this year’s programme. Beyond delivering a highly accessible ‘crash course’ on social entrepreneurship and innovation theory (based on a review of leading journal articles and books), a key purpose of the programme is to help students develop their own approach to distinguishing between ‘good’ and ‘evil’ innovations. While it may at first glance seem almost an impossible task to evaluate economic activities in such seemingly moral terms–especially at a time of immense dynamism and complexity–the point is to begin to understand in more detail how the organisational design choices we make can lead to dramatically different social and ecological consequences.For example, a bank that offers standard services to savers and borrowers can choose to invest most of its money into social impact projects (as in the case of Triodos Bank); a new tech-driven taxi service can make pro-active choices on how to contribute positively to local communities and the environment; and an online marketplace can promote the sharing of unused electronic appliances (such as power drills or amplifiers) between neighbours as opposed to just selling more stuff for stuff’s sake.

The summer school proposes that developing a strong innovation literacy is an important priority for students who wish to positively contribute to today’s dynamic hybrid economy that offers abundant possibilities for both value creation and value destruction. How we ‘format’ our entrepreneurial organisations–and indeed how we choose our future employers–matters a great deal socially, ecologically and economically. Unpacking their organisational designs (and the socio-technical assemblages that make them work) is an endeavour that can empower those who wish to bring about sustainable futures around the world.

Students who enroll in this year’s summer school will benefit not only from the critical, even radical, academic culture of SOAS, University of London, but also from proximity to the wider social innovation ecosystem of London. Accordingly, an impressive cast of leading academic experts and practitioners are currently being invited from institutions such as the University of Oxford, University College London (Institute for Global Prosperity), London School of Economics (Department of Management), the New Economics Foundation, Nesta and Impact Hub Islington to share their work with students, and tours will be organised to take students to important “hotspots” and interesting events beyond the classroom.

At least two to three summer school sessions will be dedicated to clarifying how impact can also be achieved through the organisational designs of so-called impact labs and hubs, important cases of which can be found not only in Europe and North America but also in Sub-Saharan Africa and East Asia.

*This post was originally published in slightly different form on Tuukka’s website at