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Workshops 22-23: Social Entrepreneurship; Innovation is key, but not when taking care of people
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Location:Parallel Session 3
Wim Wouters1, Harald Bolsinger2, Winfried Weber3
1Thomas More University of Applied Sciences, Belgium; 2University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt; 3Hochschule Mannheim University of Applied Sciences
Social entrepreneurship is defined by doing business for a social purpose. Social entrepreneurs don’t measure their success in terms of profit alone. To social entrepreneurs, success is measured outside the social start-up in a way they have improved the world and have had a positive impact on society based on the common good. Impact entrepreneurship focuses on developing new types of purpose-driven businesses and organizations, which measurably create sustainable impact in various ways. When social and impact entrepreneurship go together, they create potential to scale up for the sake of improving lives of as many people as possible. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, is pointing out a broad perspective for social innovation and global human centered development. Social workers as well as academics of other future oriented fields of work are well prepared professionals to respond to the emerging complex social and ecological problems in any country and could contribute to solutions for all of the seventeen UN goals. Social entrepreneurs balance organizational economic and social goals and find solutions in an entrepreneurial and innovative way, that work on its own in the long run – without grants after the starting phase. Within VirCamp, a cooperation of 6 European Universities, an online pilot course has been developed that will run in Spring 2021 and offered to social work students. This course allows students in various countries to learn from each other and to share information, knowledge, skills and values about social innovation. The course brings together diverse professional and cultural backgrounds of students, who will cooperate and learn from each other and together. In this workshop experiences on issues related to this online pilot course will be shared and discussed such as the way entrepreneurship can contribute on realizing social work practices related the global definition and ethical principles of social work, the way social entrepreneurship opens possibilities for innovative practices and the pedagogical approach that is used to take students through a topic that seems less self-evident for social work students.