Social Entrepreneurship

Origin of Spaces DOODle – Day 5

Social Entrepreneurship – Lead Partner Capture Projects Lewisham (London)

Summary; Our lead partner describes its’ own Social Entrepreneurship as follows

Being a social entrepreneur is hard to define as there is no precise global definition, although there is a lot of history in the UK, where the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) was founded by Michael Young in 1997.

The term was first used in the literature of social change during the 1960’s and 1970’s. It means taking entrepreneurial methods including risk taking, learning from mistakes, self-confidence, determination, the ability to adapt and above all a passion for solving problems, then using them to solve social problems. These key traits are used to create businesses that measure performance not in terms of profit and return, but in creating businesses that measure their success by their positive impact on society.

Much social entrepreneurship developed in response to Strategic Regeneration. In Deptford London, post-1992, there was a local response built around cultural and

ecological activists in Creekside where many abandoned industrial sites and offices were taken over by artists, and even the SSE. One such cultural response was Capture Arts who act as cultural brokers and have acted in pop-up spaces allowing social and cultural entrepreneurs to operate. Despite much intermittent local practice, no strategic approach to developing spaces for social entrepreneurs has emerged.

Key points in Social Entrepreneurship (at Capture)

  1. Hard to define, so ad-hoc and chaotic
  2. School of Social Entrepreneurs (a history)
  3. About social change using entrepreneurial skills
  4. Risk taking, learning from mistakes, self-confidence, determination, the ability to adapt
  5. A passion for solving social problems,
  6. Creating businesses that measure their success by their positive impact on society.
  7. Cultural and ecological responses to strategic regeneration
  8. Abandoned offices taken over by artists
  9. Cultural brokers creating pop-up spaces allowing social and cultural entrepreneurs to operate
  10. No overall strategic approach to developing spaces for social entrepreneurs

Key Aspect of Social Entrepreneurship at Capture is point 4 “Risk taking, learning from mistakes, self-confidence, determination, the ability to adapt.”

Capture Arts page on Social Entrepreneurship on xtlearn.

Questions for discussion

  1. Are these the 10 key aspects (or attributes) of Social Entrepreneurship?
  2. What points would you like to know more about?
  3. Do you have your own Social Entrepreneurship project and do you have any information about it to share with us?
  4. Do you know of any other useful information about Social Entrepreneurship?

Background Information on the Origin of Spaces project can be found in the presentation CoCreating CoWorking Spaces. Wikipedia definitions available for CoWorkingPartnerships, Ecological Transitions (Ecosystem), Participatory Governance (Participatory Democracy), Social Entrepreneurship and Third Place. Comments also welcome on Multidisciplinary CoWorkingLocal PartnershipsEcological Transitions and Participatory Governance. More information available in the Glossary & Resources sections.

As our partner ZAWP says; Share your practice with us!

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