Tomorrow the second conference as part of the SEE Changemakers series takes place led by OSEP in Oxford entitled 'Breaking Barriers - Making Connections'. Sessions and the Recognition Awards this year have international element with many international delegates attending to share learning with peers supporting social innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership across the Higher Education sector. The Global Social Entrepreneurship Network is leading a session to highlight it's work and that of it's members linked to universities, here is what you can expect....
It is 4 years since the Global Social Entrepreneurship Network (GSEN) launched, supported by UnLtd: the UK Foundation of Social Entrepreneurs and the UK Cabinet Office. Since then it has grown to 50 members in 50 countries worldwide. Its mission: to support global supporters of Social Entrepreneurs with a range of expertise, tools and resources to make their work both easier and more effective. We are now seeking to open the membership up more widely, to encompass new sectors, like Higher Education.
On the 28th June in Oxford, as part of a programme of workshops at the 'Breaking Barriers - Making Connections' SEE Changemakers Conference in partnership with OSEP, we will explore the role and opportunity for universities who have an international focus to join the network and how we can share international best practice for support for Social Entrepreneurs within a university environment. We will bring together a panel of experts to discuss this very topic - with representatives from the UK, India and Pakistan joining us in the room and by teleconference.
Key questions that we will discuss will include:
*What is the ongoing role for universities in supporting social entrepreneurs?
*How can universities collaborate internationally to increase the impact of their work?
*What role can international networks play in enhancing support for social entrepreneurs?
*What can GSEN membership offer universities?
Panellists for the session will include:
Peter Ptashko (Chair of Panel), GSEN Consultant
Krisztina Tora, GSEN Lead http://www.gsen.global/
Jeff Willmore, Social Entrepreneurship Programme Co-ordinator, Oxford Brookes University https://www.brookes.ac.uk/business-and-employers/social-entrepreneurship-and-innovation/
Jeremy Wade, Founding Director, Jindal Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, O.P Jindal Global University http://www.jsie.in/
Maryam Mohiuddin Ahmed, Founder and Co-Director Social Innovation Lab, based at the Lahore University of Management Sciences http://www.socinnlab.org/
We have also introduced a 'Global HEI' category to this year's Recognition Awards which are being announced at the event by Tim West (Pioneers Post) and Andrew Bacon (Enactus).
Further learning from this and wider sessions will be shared after the event, so watch this space. See the overall programme and line up of wider workshops attached.