180 Moires were kindly invited by Dr Olivia Kyriakidou, Assistant Professor of Management and Organizational Behavior at the Department of Business Administration at Athens University of Economics and Business to present our work and talk about Social Impact Assessment to 3rd-year students attending the elective course on Social Entrepreneurship. (April 1, 2015, 11am-1pm).
What did you ever do to change the world?
Remember the movie “Pay it forward”, when Kevin Spacey as elementary school teacher was asked by one of his students what he ever did to change the word? Following his brilliant answer (“Well, I get a good night’s sleep. I eat a hearty breakfast. I show up. And then I pass the buck to you.”), Tonia and Daniel accepted the invitation of Dr Olivia Kyriakidou to the AUEB to present the work of 180 Moires and introduce the idea of Social Impact Assessment to the students of the course on Social Entrepreneurship.
The definition of Social Impact and Social Impact Assessment were presented, followed by the benefits and challenges of assessing Impact. The presentation was concluded with an overview of Social Impact Assessment tools and an introduction to the Social Reporting Standard and their Guidelines for Impact Oriented Reporting (2011). Emphasis was placed on defining the social problem and the approach to solving it, as well as social impact, planning and outlook.
Based on a Case Study about “Discovering Hands” – τhe social enterprise which trains & employs blind women to perform examinations through their heightened tactile senses for the detection of breast cancer – the students engaged in lively group discussions trying to elaborate how they would differentiate between output, outcome and impact of the social enterprise. This activity highlighted how difficult it is to agree on key indicators of Social Impact Assessment and gave the students an insight on one of the most important processes of social enterprises, assessing their impact!
Daniel Zawarczynski (Entrepreneur in Residence) & Tonia Eliascou (Ηead of Training & Coaching)