As part of our annual conference, Chartering Into The Future (15 January 2014), we partnered with Start Hop to offer several social entrepreneurship cafés during the evening around the city of Strasbourg.
From Balkan music to Spanish tapas, these informal events generated a lively discussion on social enterprise ahead of the European Commission’s event, Social Entrepreneurs: Have Your Say! (16-17 January 2014). We wanted to bring the city to life and create a dynamic atmosphere in which to affect real change for European social enterprise.
We invited our network to host a social entrepreneurship café to promote the issues concerning social enterprise that they are most passionate about. We received responses from across Europe on a wide range of issues.
There were ten social entrepreneurship cafés available to attend in total on the eve of the European Commission's event.
A map with the various locations of the cafés is available here.
The ten social entrepreneurship cafés were:
1) Social solidarity – Strengthening communities through social enterprise in Macedonia by Community Development Institute
Café hosted by Community Development Institute in English
How can we strengthen the capacities of individuals, organisations and institutions to build a more democratic and multicultural society that represents the needs of all its citizens? Can social enterprise empower citizens to find innovative solutions to the challenges in their community?
2) FairShares Model – The future of enterprise governance by FairShares Association
Café hosted by FairShares Association in English
Imagine an enterprise where the knowledge creation model of Wikipedia is combined with the governance model of the John Lewis Partnership and the values and principles of the Cooperative Group. Can we create fair and transparent governance whereby every adult becomes a co-owner of the organisations on which they depend?
3) Sharing and mutual capacity building among organisations supporting social entrepreneurs in Europe
Café hosted by Global Social Entrepreneurship Network (GSEN) in English with French interpretation available
The EU Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan and the Social Business Initiative both value the contribution of social entrepreneurs to social and economic wellbeing in the EU. What can be done to enhance early stage support to social entrepreneurs and how could the Commission support this? How can we encourage peer learning between social entrepreneur support agencies across the EU?
4) Work Intergration – Go for it!
Café hosted by Go For Integration in French with English interpretation available
5) Atelier Troc de Compétences - Collaboration party
Café hosted by La Scop Les 2 Rives in French
Rencontrez des professionnels que vous ne connaissez pas mais qui pourraient bien avoir des choses à vous apporter... Expérimenter les approches collaboratives avec le Troc de Compétences!
6) Developing relationships from Rennes to Riga
Café hosted by MOUVES Le Mouvement des Entrepreneurs Sociaux in French-English
Citizens, organisations and governments across Europe are facing the same problems. Social enterprises are providing solutions but to take this work from local to global scale, we need to create a Europe-wide community of social entrepreneurs who work together. How can we foster relationships between social entrepreneurs and develop these partnerships? MOUVES will provide drinks for participants.
7) European opportunities for the Dutch social enterprise sector
Café hosted by Social Enterprise NL in Dutch
The Dutch Social Enterprise sector is growing rapidly, but most entrepreneurs are not aware of the efforts the EU undertakes to stimulate the sector and support social entrepreneurs. How can we bring Dutch social entrepreneurs and policy makers together to strengthen the impact of these social economy policies. Social Enterprise NL will provide drinks and snacks for participants.
8) Social Entrepreneurship and CSOs in Western Balkans and Turkey
Café hosted by TACSO Technical Assistance for Civil Society Organisations in English
In the EU and elsewhere, boundaries between business, civil society and governmental sectors have become blurred over the last few years. Social enterprise is developing and government bodies are cooperating more closely with civil society and the private sector. Join us to discuss how social entrepreneurship is taking hold in the Western Balkans and Turkey. TACSO will provide drinks and snacks with live Balkan fusion music from 20:30.
9) Local Impact Funds – A way of growing a local social economy
Café hosted by The Social Investment Business Group (The SIB Group) in English
The social investment market is growing but further support is required to allow social enterprises to grow. Local Impact Funds provide a locally-led solution to direct the existing supply of finance to where it is most needed. How will it bridge the gap between demand and supply and can it be applied in other countries?
10) Innovation at the intersection of social enterprise, charity, journalism, and pro bono legal advice
Café hosted by Thomson Reuters Foundation in English
Innovation is critical to social change. It is at the heart of the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s work and has driven their creation of the world’s leading market place for free legal assistance. But what does innovation mean to you? Join us to share experiences and discuss how innovation is leading to social change for our societies. Thomson Reuters Foundation will provide drinks for participants.