This session will examine the role of social enterprises in Scotland and will explore the role of the sector, whether there is room for any more and how can they work together better?
All over the world, the growth in social enterprise has meant that many services that were traditionally provided by the public sector and now provided by social enterprises. And with over 5, 000 registered enterprises employing more than 112,000 people- Scotland is no different. According to the recently launched SE in Scotland: Census 2015 carried out by Social Value Lab, the majority of these social enterprises are in the arts/cultural sectors, or community amenities and many of them are very small – 60% have a turnover of less than £100k, and 30% less than £25k.
So with the sector likely to continue to grow, what is the role of social enterprises in the future of Scotland? Is there room for anymore? Is all business good business? And who holds social enterprises to account? How do they collaborate? Given the changing role of the public sector, how do social enterprises see themselves in the future – as a set of delivery bodies for public services, or something more?
Lead contributors – This fishbowl discussion will be run by Eddy Adams, advisor to SIX, and is designed to engage the ‘usual’ social enterprises in a more ‘unusual’ and reflective conversation. We are inviting some of Scotland’s leading social enterprises to join with community organisations, public sector representatives and communities for different kind of discussion and debate.
About the Unusual Suspects Festival: After the success of last year's Festival in London, we are hosting the Unusual Suspects Festival again this year in Glasgow in October-featuring three days of ideas, solutions and debate all exploring what happens when social innovation meets collaboration and how together we can meet some of society's most pressing challenges. The Fesival brings together the 'unusual suspects' from across Scotland and the world- from youth clubs to ex-footballers to think tanks and governments- all to explore how we can work together in new and different ways to create real social change.
To see and sign up to all of the Festival events- please go to www.theunusualsuspectsfestival.com
When & Where
Social Innovation Exchange
Social Innovation Exchange (www.socialinnovationexchange.org)
SIX is now the world’s primary network for social innovation. We connect social innovators in order to create and spread new ideas and solutions about how society can be strengthened and improved. We work with cities, national governments, and international bodies such as the European Commission to improve the methods with which our society find better solutions to challenges. We foster genuine, active connections between people building innovative solutions, from the grassroots to the policymaking level. By promoting learning across sectors, fields and country and by communicating and disseminating ideas bout social innovation, SIX builds the capacity of its members and enables them to work together to develop resources for social innovators around the world.