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Using Business to Create Social Change

Today, we will be joined by Kate Emery who will speak about Social Enterprise.

What's social enterprise, you ask?  Think of Tom's Shoes, Ben&Jerry's- they all started with a mission to do good. **(see definition below)

The title of her presentation is:

Transforming our world through social enterprise -  Founder and CEO of reSET, the Social Enterprise Trust and the owner of The Walker Group, one of New England’s largest technology services firms, Kate Emery will describe her campaign to make Connecticut a hub of social enterprise.  Starting with a small cadre of dedicated friends she helped to build an ecosystem to encourage and support the development of social enterprise.  Her efforts resulted in the passage of legislation in support of social enterprise, the development of curriculum and programs on social enterprise for colleges and universities, the establishment of a social enterprise investment fund, and the creation of an incubator to provide space and services to nascent  social entrepreneurs.  She will share with the audience secrets to success, lessons learned, and how building a supportive environment will be key to ensuring that social enterprise goes mainstream.

  • **Social enterprises directly address social needs through their products and services or through the numbers of disadvantaged people they employ. This distinguishes them from “socially responsible businesses,” which create positive social change indirectly through the practice of corporate social responsibility (e.g., creating and implementing a philanthropic foundation; paying equitable wages to their employees; using environmentally friendly raw materials; providing volunteers to help with community projects).

Social enterprises use earned revenue strategies to pursue a double or triple bottom line, either alone (as a social sector business, in either the private or the nonprofit sector) or as a significant part of a nonprofit’s mixed revenue stream that also includes charitable contributions and public sector subsidies. This distinguishes them from traditional nonprofits, which rely primarily on philanthropic and government support.

For a recent NYT article regarding Tom's Shoes:

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    August 29, 2013

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    Left my purse at home had to go all the way back Uggh

    August 29, 2013

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