Published: 2 May 2008 at 15:33
Mission to combine business methods with ethical approaches.
Social enterprise and community engagement experts from Anglia Ruskin University’s Ashcroft International Business School will facilitate a day of discussion and learning for leaders of ‘not-for-private-profit’ organisations including social enterprises, charities, & and community groups, and co-operatives – which together make up the 3rd sector, as distinct from public or private sectors.
The ‘3rd Sector Futures’ event, on 22 May at the Michael A Ashcroft Building, on the University’s Rivermead campus will allow representatives from these organisations to address some of the strategic and practical issues they need to overcome as they bid to enhance overall prosperity.
The centrepiece of the event is a debate between Craig Dearden-Philips, Social Enterprise Ambassador, from Speaking Up!, and Debra Allcock-Tyler from the Directory of Social Change, who will be discussing how far charities need to adopt business methods to ensure their future, and whether the future of ‘enterprise’ is in fact ‘social enterprise’.
Workshops will be staged during the day to discuss, among other topics, methods of income generation, knowledge transfer projects which the university can support, and legal matters.
Social enterprise has received support from all the main political parties, with Prime Minister Gordon Brown recently quoted as saying:
Speaking about the event, Andrew Brady, Programme Manager for Social Enterprise at the Ashcroft International Business School, said:
The Ashcroft International Business School established its third-sector futures initiative to bring together its training, research and consultancy services on all aspects of this increasingly important component of the UK’s economy.
As well as the Ashcroft International Business School, the event is being sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council and Social Enterprise East of England. Anglia Ruskin’s other funders for 3rd sector work include The Learning and Skills Council, and EEDA, through its Investing in Communities programme in Essex.
For more information on the event or 3rd sector futures, contact Andrew Brady on 0845 196 6888, or visit:www.3rdsectorfutures.co.uk