Social enterprise - rhetoric or reality?

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Published on June 4, 2008

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Rob Greenland outlines what makes him enthusiastic about social enterprise, what winds him up - and invites people to have their say.

Rhetoric or reality? GMCVO Conference, 3 June 2008

GMCVO Conference, 3 June 2008

What we’ll do today Outline why I’m enthusiastic Let you know what winds me up Open it up to discussion

Outline why I’m enthusiastic

Let you know what winds me up

Open it up to discussion

What do I do? Training - market research, marketing, social business planning Consultancy - social enterprise One to one support Photo from Ant Smallwood via flickr.com

Training - market research, marketing, social business planning

Consultancy - social enterprise

One to one support

What have I done? University of Leeds - Spanish & French Senda Juvenil Trade for Change Social Enterprise Leeds WYSE School Social Business Consulting A journey from activist to entrepreneur

University of Leeds - Spanish & French

Senda Juvenil

Trade for Change

Social Enterprise Leeds

WYSE School

Social Business Consulting

A journey from activist to entrepreneur

Trade for Change 1995-2004

Blogito ergo sum I blog I write I think I challenge

I blog

I write

I think

I challenge

Social entrepreneurs are not superheroes Guardian article Irrational exuberance Credibility crunch Credit - dougward via flickr

Guardian article

Irrational exuberance

Credibility crunch

Why I’m enthusiastic about social business Customers come first Marketing - building relationships Learn from the best in the business The double-bottom line Problems need entrepreneurial responses

Customers come first

Marketing - building relationships

Learn from the best in the business

The double-bottom line

Problems need entrepreneurial responses

Why I’m enthusiastic about social business It’s attracting talented young people A challenge to the voluntary sector A challenge to the private sector A challenge to the public sector Some openness to learning from failure

It’s attracting talented young people

A challenge to the voluntary sector

A challenge to the private sector

A challenge to the public sector

Some openness to learning from failure

Things I’m not so enthusiastic about Celebrity social businesses and entrepreneurs It’s a bit too popular with politicians Unrealistic expectations Financial buck-passing Social enterprise shock-therapy

Celebrity social businesses and entrepreneurs

It’s a bit too popular with politicians

Unrealistic expectations

Financial buck-passing

Social enterprise shock-therapy

Things I’m not so enthusiastic about Big is beautiful/corporate lite Football clubs were not-for-profit too once “ Oh yes, we now do social enterprise.” Still not enough maturity about risk/failure An assumption that business = smart

Big is beautiful/corporate lite

Football clubs were not-for-profit too once

“ Oh yes, we now do social enterprise.”

Still not enough maturity about risk/failure

An assumption that business = smart

Bradford and Bingley From mutual to bank to biggest buy-to-let lender

Good to Great and The Social Sectors We must reject the idea - well intentioned, but dead wrong - that the primary path to greatness in the social sectors is to become “more like a business”. Most businesses - like most of anything else in life - fall somewhere between mediocre and good. Few are great. The critical distinction is not between business and social, but between great and good. (Jim Collins)

We must reject the idea - well intentioned, but dead wrong - that the primary path to greatness in the social sectors is to become “more like a business”. Most businesses - like most of anything else in life - fall somewhere between mediocre and good. Few are great. The critical distinction is not between business and social, but between great and good. (Jim Collins)

On balance Social business and social entrepreneurs give me hope There’s a lot of nonesense spoken - but a lot of good done. For me, you can’t argue with the idea of doing good and doing well But we need a more mature attitude towards it all

Social business and social entrepreneurs give me hope

There’s a lot of nonesense spoken - but a lot of good done.

For me, you can’t argue with the idea of doing good and doing well

But we need a more mature attitude towards it all

Over to you…. Comments? Questions? Photo from aymlis via flickr.com

Comments?

Questions?

www.socialbusinessconsulting.co.uk Lots more resources on all aspects of social business planning Links to other sites

Lots more resources on all aspects of social business planning

Links to other sites

www.thesocialbusiness.co.uk Blog about social enterprise e-newsletter [email_address] 0113 257 3942 07905 800 710

Blog about social enterprise

e-newsletter

[email_address]

0113 257 3942

07905 800 710

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