South Asia Workshop on Social Entrepreneurship

By Shital Shah|15th Feb 2009
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TC-I reader Suresh Parmar tipped us about a workshop focusing on social entrepreneurship on April 16-17 in New Delhi. Held by the Centre for Training and Research in Responsible Business and Social Entrepreneurship (New Delhi), in partnership with the Centre for Social Initiative and Management (Hyderabad), the workshop will focus on a range of issues.

The workshop is open to national and international participants. Since the 1970s, with the advent of Bill Drayton’s Ashoka, the ranks of social entrepreneurs are increasing steadily. In India we have, Aravind Eye Healthcare, Basix Bank, Ekal Vidyalaya, Sri Grameen Mahila Udyog (Lijjat), Narayan Hrudayalaya, Sewa, Selco, Nidaan, etc
This workshop has been designed to explain the important breakthroughs in nonprofit development: social entrepreneurship. Participants learn what social entrepreneurship is, and how to develop and implement customized plans for social entrepreneurship, including for their own organizations.
(a)  Concepts of Social Entrepreneurship Innovation
•   Social benefit/Impact/Accountability
•   Blending of social work and business (charity to commerce spectrum)
•   Sustainability of organization and triple bottomline.
•   Social Enterprises and market-based solutions for social problems
•   Collaboration with other organizations and sectors
•   Empowerment of beneficiaries/clientscustomers
(b)  Case studies
The case studies will illustrate the concepts and application of business methods in social work. The case studies will also highlight how the social entrepreneurship is different from traditional business entrepreneurship and conventional social work approaches.
(c )  Agencies promoting social entrepreneurship, in India/Internationally, and their approaches
(d)  Scope for NGOs and Corporate Organizations collaboration and resource mobilization for NGOs
(e)  Meet the practitioners’ session (interaction with some prominent social entrepreneurs)
(f)  Group discussion (formulating approaches for further work).
Who should participate? Being socially relevant is part of being a professional. Professionals also possess social skills which can create social value. The Human Resource Manager can use his skill to empower the deprived of the society, the sales manager can help open up markets for village artisans, the corporate strategist can help turn around a school and the financial expert can help solve the cash flow problem of a small vendor. You can participate in this event if you and/or your organisation are passionate about creating positive change the world. You could be any of the following:
a)Social Entrepreneur
b)Team member/trustee/director in a non profit
c)Team member/trustee/director in a funding or support organisation that works with social entrepreneurs or is interested in working with them
d)Team member in a corporate or its CSR body working with social entrepreneurs or is interested in supporting them
e)Faculty in an academic institution running a course in social entrepreneurship or is interested in starting a course
f)Student wanting to drive change
Registration Fee: Corporates, Corporate sponsored Foundations, Funding Agencies Rs 7500, NGOs, SMEs and academics Rs 6,000. All registrations completed before March 15, 2009 will be entitled to a Rs 1,500 discount No refunds will be allowed after April 5, 2009.
Limited seats available. The fee does not include accommodation or conveyance. Registration forms along with fee should be sent to Suresh Kr Pramar, 3A, Nilgiri 3, Sector 34, Noida 201301. Cheques/DD should be made out in the name of CRBiz, Noida. Participants from outside New Delhi/Noida should make payments through Demand Draft.
For More Details
Suresh Kr Pramar
Phone: 9213133042