“(Overly) responsible social entrepreneurs fail?” & other weekly stories

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Last week had a bunch of exciting guests visiting co-working space where Estonian Social Enterprise Network also resides. They were the participants of summer course organised by University of Tallinn -  “Social Enterprises: Using Your Creativity and Sensitivity”. We had some interesting discussions, e.g  “How to connect social enterprise movement that is sometimes strangely non-innovative with vibrant yet often soulless start-up culture?” ja “What does / must corporate social responsibility (CSR) mean for social enterprises?”

 

The latter topic touches upon issues like:

 

Personally, I believe that we should not aim at creating (too) ideal organizations. “Excellent” (not “ideal”) sounds fine with me. But the students were very passionate about being ideal! “If any organisation is to call itself a social enterprise, it must be ideal example in all aspects of its work, including corporate social responsibility in its wider meaning.”

 

My two view-points (as counter-arguments) are as follows.

 

I remember a chat with a social entrepreneur from Latvia last year. She was in the process of closing down her social enterprise that had been doing rather okay by selling handcraft produced by people in disadvantaged regions. However, she had ethical problems with using cheap Chinese materials (as they were most probably delivered by companies with sub-standard environmental and labor-rights performance). The business model of the enterprise didn´t allow for using more expensive materials. So – she chose to close her doors.

 

The story really provoked me. Was her choice the best possible solution? What do you think?

 

After the discussion, we paid a visit to well-known Estonian social enterprise that brings fresh (and often ecological) food from small farmers to big city.

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I don´ t really remember whether the participants were discussing the business model of the social enterprise… or talking about what kind of tasty ecological treats they should buy

 

 

Twitter stories

No comments needed… Just data and decisions!

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We have something equally harmful ongoing in Estonian juvenile justice system.

International advocacy activities needed to stop the madness?

 The link to the original article is here.

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Nice resolution!

Self-sacrifice is a crime against the persons whom social entrepreneur would be able to help

(when well-slept & healthy)

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