As part of the EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture) programme “Think Social. Act Business”, policy influencers, social enterprises and experts from across Europe will come together in Athens for a one-day policy dialogue and parallel workshops to share and learn from experiences in the Social Enterprise sector in the region.
The project builds on the special focus of the European Commission on Social Economy Development, and responds to an evidenced need for 1) increased opportunities for sharing expertise, 2) a need to develop the support structures that allow social enterprises to flourish and 3) the opportunity for transnational capacity building of the social entrepreneurship ecosystem.
The conference is organised by the Austrian Embassy in Athens, the British Council, the Goethe Institut, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Instituto Cervantes, Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung, the Polish Embassy in Athens, the Anna Lindh Foundation, 180° (180 Moires) , the Municipality of Athens – Athens Development and Destination Management Agency, and the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation.
Simultaneous interpretation from/into English/Greek will be provided and admission is free.
See the programme HERE
The conference aims to:
- Enhance policymakers’ understanding of the work of social enterprises and the challenges they face
- Contribute to the dialogue between policymakers, social entrepreneurs and the private sector
- Facilitate knowledge sharing and analysis of existing best practice for social enterprises in Europe.
Discussions will be organised around three key themes:
- Delivering support structures: social finance/social investment & the legal and institutional framework – How can we develop policies that enable social enterprises to deliver effective and innovative public services at local, regional and national level? Financial tools for social entrepreneurship, microfinance, social investment funds and structural funds
- Evidencing social impact – Since social entrepreneurs do not simply measure success in terms of profit and loss, social entrepreneurs need to be able to effectively measure the social or environmental impact of their work.
- Social entrepreneurship research and capacity building within universities
The workshops aim to:
- Develop and implement knowledge based on European and local experience of social enterprise development (impact analysis/measurement, business models, business strategy, engagement of stakeholders, sustainability)
- Foster research into the social economy (collaborative environments, trends, social/sustainable banks, emerging markets)
- Create opportunities for international and partnering social enterprises, government institutions and communities in Europe with their counterparts in Greece to develop and share new approaches to address social, economic and environmental problems through social enterprise.
Programme and Registration HERE