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Inaugural John Pearce Memorial Lecture

Yunus Centre for Social Business & Health, Glasgow Caledonian University at GCU London

Monday, 5 October 2015 from 18:15 to 20:45 (BST)

Inaugural John Pearce Memorial Lecture

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Inaugural John Pearce Memorial Lecture and

launch of the Social Enterprise Collection (Scotland)

Date: Monday 5th October 2015
Time: 6.15pm – 8.45pm
Location: Deeprose Lecture Theatre, Govan Mbeki Building,
                 Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road,
                 Glasgow, G4 0BA

The Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) would like to invite you to the Inaugural John Pearce Memorial Lecture and the launch of the Social Enterprise Collection (Scotland).

The lecture will look at the roots and origins of social enterprise - both in Scotland and internationally - and reflect on where it appears to be heading.  This event is also a way of celebrating the end of CBS Network - a not-for-profit company that was formed in 1983 and supported social and community enterprise in Scotland and internationally. They closed on 31st March 2015.

This is a free event but please register to ensure your place.


Reception and registration: refreshments will be served

Prof James Miller, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Glasgow Caledonian University

Introduction and explanation about the Social Enterprise Collection (Scotland)

Cam Donaldson, Yunus Chair in Social Business and Health, Yunus Centre, Glasgow Caledonian University

Carole McCallum, Archivist, Glasgow Caledonain University

Alan Kay on behalf of Community Business Scotland Network

Inaugural John Pearce Memorial Lecture

“Community Enterprise - Then and Now”
 Willy Roe CBE, Chair, British Council Scotland

Questions, interventions, representations, etc

Closingremarks and finish.

Post lecture drink at Anchor Line, 12, St Vincent Place, Glasgow

John Pearce (1942-2011)

John Pearce, who died from cancer aged just 69, was a major and influential force in community development and in particular was a pioneer in community enterprise - the precursor to social enterprise. For nearly fifty years, John‘s ideas, inspiration and talent for clear thinking were a driving force behind people-centred development and especially around the principles and practice of collective and community enterprise. He wrote extensively throughout his working life with an insight well-illustrated in his seminal work: Social Enterprise in Anytown (2003). He was a thinker who managed to turn theories into practice and directly helped the development of communities in Scotland, the UK and wider afield.

Willy Roe, Chair, British Council Scotland

Throughout his working life Willy Roe has maintained an interest in social and community enterprise and helped found the Centre for Employment Initiatives in the 1980s. He established Rocket Science as a social and economic consultancy company and combined this with an active public life including serving on the boards of Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Department for Works and Pensions. He knew John Pearce and since the 1980s has been aware of John’s life and work. Willy Roe is currently the Chair of the British Council Scotland and was awarded a CBE in 2010 in recognition of his public service.

Further information

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Do you have questions about Inaugural John Pearce Memorial Lecture? Contact Yunus Centre for Social Business & Health, Glasgow Caledonian University at GCU London

When & Where

Glasgow Caledonian University
Deeprose Theatre, Govan Mbeki Building
Cowcaddens Road
G4 0BA Glasgow
United Kingdom

Monday, 5 October 2015 from 18:15 to 20:45 (BST)

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