The concept of Social Enterprise is excellent and a vital part of societies as they transform themselves in the coming low carbon and community centric future.
However there are several points in the article below that need addressing. The comment that ‘No longer is the private sector the vehicle for wealth creation with government responsible for our social well-being‘ is premature, to say the least, and ‘no longer are people going into workplaces feeling that they have to make a choice between being commercial and being purpose-driven’ is a complete misrepresentation of many private sector organizations.
As stated, ‘we are living in extraordinary times where the urgency to find solutions to big social challenges is greater than ever’ but we must not see Social Enterprises as the means of repairing the ‘loss to society’ and concomitant resource intensity increase caused at the input and throughout the ‘system’
This Blog tries to explain, in the link below, the failure of understanding of the concept of ‘sustainability’ that leads to the notion that only Social Enterprises can and want to continually improve their processes on the journey towards sustainability.
In our future bounded by the ‘One Planet Equation’ the only test is whether an organisation contributes to the reduction in the ‘resource intensity of society’. Those that do will survive and grow within its bounds.
This is a reality we can continue to ignore but it will exert itself soon.
Breaking down the barriers to social enterprise
Welcome to the era of social enterprises where a new model for 21st century business has emerged. These businesses bind the social and environmental goals of a conventional charity with the commercial rigour you would find in a successful profit-making firm. ………………..
……………. We are living in extraordinary times where the urgency to find solutions to big social challenges is greater than ever. This recession will be seen as a watershed for a new tier of social enterprise leadership and the UK needs to be ready to respond to this inevitable shift.
If the groundswell of successful social enterprises we’ve seen over the past ten years is anything to go by, the next ten will see an even greater movement towards businesses with a conscience.”
Jonathan Kestenbaum is the chief executive of NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts), http://www.nesta.org.uk/