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Social Enterprises are business models set up to tackle social, economic or environmental issues. While they are driven primarily by social and/or environmental motives, they engage in trading or commercial activities to pursue these objectives and produce social and community gain (Forfas, 2013). The sector generates up to €1.4bn in economic activity and addresses many challenges faced by Irish society and “the pandemic has shown the value of the social economy to Ireland, and it is now ‘more important than ever to support our social enterprises’” (Pauline Gannon, Director of Social Impact Ireland, 2020).

Higher Education Institutes have the potential to meaningfully support the SE eco-system through targeted teaching and learning support for the SE community and supporting stakeholders. 

One such T&L tool is the Social Economy Canvas (EU, 2020), a visual sense making framework inspired by design and by complex-adaptive systems theory. It intends to provide policymakers with an ongoing, bottom-up, macro-assessment of social economy in Europe while supporting practitioners’ development of new ideas for a regenerative economy at micro-level.

This interactive workshop seeks to facilitate enhanced awareness and mobilisation of the online Social Economy Canvas in pursuit of a sustainable social enterprise eco-system. It introduces participants to the process of mapping enterprises in the eco-system, while offering an opportunity for social enterprise owners and support personnel the opportunity to meet each other.

Following the workshop, the team will prepare a mini case study, exhibiting the social enterprise benefit of participating in the social economy mapping exercise.

Understand the principles of building a sustainable Social Economy eco-system

Comprehend the benefits and challenges of building an Social Economy eco-system

Enhanced awareness of Social Economy eco-system educational tools 

Understand the Social Economy Canvas as an educational/ active learning tool

Capacity to map a social economy canvas

Prof Felicity Kelliher, School of Business, Waterford Institute of Technology and Social Economy Research Network Ireland (ww.serni.ie) member

Dr Mary Fenton, School of Education and LLL, Waterford Institute of Technology, with responsibility for the Certificate in Social Enterprise Management 

Sinead O’ Higgins, Europe Direct Waterford,  Waterford County Council

Alessandro Rancati, (or nominee), Social Economy Canvas Specialist, EU Policy Lab 

Liz Riches, Waterford Area Partnership 

9.00 am - 9.30 am Registration, Tea/ Coffee (In person attendees)

9.30 am - 9.50 am Welcome and workshop overview (all attendees)

9.50 am - 10.25 am Social Economy Canvas as a practical Teaching & Learning Tool Alessandro Rancati, Social Economy Canvas Specialist, EU Policy Lab

10.25 am – 10.55 am The Social Economy Action Plan Patrick Klein Head of Sector - Social Economy and social enterprise, European Commission

10.55 am - 11.15 am Break

11.15 am – 12.15 pm Round Table Discussion
1. Social Enterprise: Connections
2. Reimaging SE place (Cultural Quarter)
3. Youth volunteer eco-system
4. T&L: Connecting with the SE Community
5. SE and the green agenda

12.15 pm – 13.00 pm Table Summaries and next steps