I've recently moved to a new position with our government's (the Province of British Columbia) social innovation/social enterprise team. A short description of what we're up to is below...I'm wondering if any GovLoopers are working on something similar?
**Note: There are many definitions of "social enterprise" (one of the challenges). For the purposes of this discussion, let's use this one: a social enterprise operates like a business, produces goods and services for the market, but manages its operations and redirects its surpluses in pursuit of social and/or environmental goals.
In January 2011 our government appointed a "Social Innovation Council" (representation from the public, not-for-profit and university sectors) to create an action plan "on how best to maximize social innovation in British Columbia, with an emphasis on social finance and social enterprise." That report was released in March 2012 and is available here if you're interested. Our team's role is to support the implementation of the recommendations in the report, and to more generally support and promote social innovation, social finance and social enterprise in the province.
Social enterprise as a concept is relatively new; government's involvement in social enterprise is even newer. As a result, there aren't too many examples or best practices that can guide us...which is why I'm here. Is anyone out there involved in a social innovation/enterprise-related project?
Hi Shelley - I did a quick Google search and found this stuff (you may have done this already!):
http://powerofsocialinnovation.ash.harvard.edu/ (I'd recommend reaching out direct to Stephen Goldsmith)
Let me know if you see names of people and maybe I can get you a connection.
Following up on this - the main one I've heard of is the White House Social innovation team - I haven't heard of a role in other U.S. federal agencies but that doesn't mean they exist - curious what others say
I was curious, too. :) Not sure if perhaps I didn't explain my question well enough, or this is just so new that there isn't a lot of work happening...yet.
@Andrew, thanks for the links. I'd seen some of them, but not all.