Corporate Social Initiative
Any of these words ring a bell?
Yes, the Information Age (think Facebook, Twitter, Google, MySpace, LinkedIn) has now given rise to the Social Age. According to Wikipedia, the Social Age encompasses both societal and technological changes succeeding the Information Age. It is divergent from the Information Age as it gives more prominence to social factors when adopting and/or extending technology and information. It further broadens the definition of Attention Age because the Social Age focuses on many forms of societal interactions including collaboration and sharing.
Hence the rise of Social Entrepreneurship.
A social entrepreneur is one who continuously pursues innovative solutions to social problems. According to Wikipedia, social entrepreneurs adopt a mission to create and sustain social value. They relentlessly pursue opportunities to serve this mission, while continuously adapting and learning.
They draw upon appropriate thinking in both the business and non-profit worlds and operate in all kinds of organizations: large and small; new and old; religious and secular; non-profit, for-profit, and hybrid.
Business entrepreneurs typically measure performance in profit and return, but social entrepreneurs also take into account a positive return to society. Social entrepreneurship typically furthers broad social, cultural, and environmental goals and is commonly associated with the voluntary and not-for-profit sectors. Depending on the nature of their shareholders’ agreement, profit can at times also be a consideration for certain companies or other enterprises.
Social entrepreneurship practised in a world or international context is called international social entrepreneurship. A good example of such individuals and enterprises is available on Forbes: 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneurs.
At Leicester, the WISE programme encourages current students to volunteer for such businesses. WISE training will prepare you to confidently deliver a project for a social enterprise organisation, pushing you to put your knowledge into practice, giving you the extra dimension. This experience is part of the Leicester Award allowing you to gain a suite of new transferable skills.
- Join a community of undergraduates and graduates on an accredited programme.
- Gain high level business development skills by working closely with vibrant and progressive Social Enterprises
- Gain real world business project experience to add to your CV.
- The training and reflective learning helps you explore your creativity and develop a range of entrepreneurial skills. The practical approach provides an innovative and entrepreneurial way of learning as opposed to a purely theoretical foundation
Skills you could develop:
- Leadership and Supervising
- Planning and Organising
- Problem Solving and Decision Making
- Learning, Improving and Achieving
- Digital Skills
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