Getting your hands dirty: how social enterprise can make a difference
Social enterprises and other third sector organisations are increasingly seen as a means of tackling social and environmental issues through innovative ways that government and private sector firms cannot. But what can a social enterprise do to empower individuals to make a difference?
In this Visions for Change lecture, Dr Winston Kwon will present research on the HoneyBee Network, a social enterprise whose purpose is to engage with marginalised communities in India and seek out and work with ‘grassroots’ innovators and entrepreneurs to develop sustainable solutions for social and environmental problems.
Winston will also draw comparisons with a couple of Edinburgh-based organisations to explain how social enterprises can succeed by directly working within communities to develop local solutions to social problems. In other words, getting our hands dirty enables us to see things differently. Seeing things differently allows us to develop workable and sustainable solutions that make a difference.
This event is part of the Visions for Change public lecture series, organised by the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability.
Dr Winston Kwon, Business School, University of Edinburgh
Before joining the Business School as a Chancellor’s Fellow in Strategy in 2014, he worked at Lancaster University. Winston holds a PhD in Marketing (Lancaster University) and a BComm in Finance (University of British Columbia). Prior to returning to academia, he worked at a number of corporate finance and business analysis roles within the technology and consumer sector for several Fortune 500 firms and a couple of startup ventures.
Winston is also a Research Fellow of the Advanced Institute of Management (AIM). His current research interests concern how language can serve to support or resist strategic change, and the role of social enterprises in challenging environmental sustainability and social inequality.