Promoting Social Innovation and Social Enterprise

On 21st November 2019 from 09.00 to 17.00 a Training event will be held at the MCVS Hub Valletta Malta;

The Target Audience is Hub Administrators, Hub Mentors and Voluntary Organisations Representatives.

The speakers
Two guest speakers will facilitate the training on Social Innovation and Social Enterprise. These are Ms Claire Carpenter and Mr Daniele Fantechi. Dr Roberta Lepre will tackle the proposed Social Enterprise Act.

Claire founded The Melting Pot – Scotland’s Center for Social Innovation – one of the world’s’ first co-working spaces, back in 2005, by leading a grassroots group to create a innovative new type of resource base for a niche audience and establishing it as a social enterprise. Claire tours internationally providing a range of inputs on subjects including quality co-working, leadership, social enterprise development, and incubating social change.

Daniele is specialised in management consultancy particularly for cooperatives and not for profit organisations. Daniele has a lot of experience in helping to set up social enterprise organisations in Italy. He also has a lot experience of working with various cooperatives in Malta.

Roberta, a lawyer by profession with experience in general civil and commercial law, set up Weave Consulting in 2007, as a boutique firm originally focusing on equality and diversity. Over the years, and following successful completion of various projects, Weave Consulting evolved to offer CSR services, particularly CSR audits to forward thinking companies.

Social Innovation
The day will kick off with a session on Social Innovation – the context of our work. Ms Claire Carpenter from the Melting Pot Edinburgh will tackle aspects of What is ‘Social Innovation’? She will then provide practical examples from across the 3rd Sector especially the ones that are innovative and in Europe.
Following the introduction, Claire will lead the participants to explore how Social Innovation can be encouraged, developed and promoted here in Malta and by our 3rd sector. She will provide some insights from other countries ecosystems whereby The Melting Pot will be used as an example, addressing the Social Innovation ecosystem around Scotland / UK, NESTA.  Small group discussions will be held to see how Social Innovation can be encouraged, developed and promoted in Malta.

Social Enterprise Act
Dr Roberta Lepre will make a presentation and lead a Focus Group on the Social Enterprise Act Whitepaper. MCVS, is currently drafting a position paper and moving a number of suggestions for the formulation of the Social Enterprise Act (SEA). Over this past year MCVS has conducted discussions with various Voluntary Organisations and following such discussions, MCVS drafted further suggestions for the SEA. A survey is currently being conducted on a number of Voluntary Organisations, representing the different sectors, in order to sound out the suggestions that are being proposed for the new SEA. Roberta will then highlight the key suggestions being proposed for the Social Enterprise Act and will facilitate a final discussion for any further suggestions.

Social Enterprise
Danele Fantechi will address Social Enterprise – relevance and distinctive elements. He will address the relevance of the not for profit sector in the economy; the distinctive elements of not for profit organisations; Government support to not for profit sector: incentives and policies (Public Procurement reserved contracts – specific incentives – commercial activities and not for profit organisations; and Business Support to not for profit sector: from CSR to high impact policies

A group discussion will be held to discuss what could be adapted in Malta.

Social Enterprise as a form of delivery model for Social Innovation will also be addressed by Claire Carpenter, focusing on the true definition of ‘Social Enterprise’ and what makes it an important vehicle for delivering Social Innovation.  Once again, she will provide various best practices from European Voluntary Organisations that focused on Social Enterprise, as well as implemented Social Enterprise models that leads to a significant Social Impact. She will also pinpoint the different types of support that exist in other countries for Social Enterprise to be enhanced, such as Start-up funding schemes, Rewarding social enterprise exploration projects, social enterprise act/ policy. Her session will be followed by case studies, with special attention given to start-up grassroots Social Enterprise Developments.
Claire will also share a model called Developing ‘Good Ideas’ used for the Incubation of new Social Innovation. Good Ideas is a 9-month ideation and incubation programme which helps people turn their ideas for social change into reality. She will provide an introduction to Good Ideas including why it’s needed, what the process is, how it is delivered, and case studies / examples of new socially innovative organisations that have come through the programme.

Promoting Social Innovation and Social Enterprise

A group discussion will be held to discuss the following aspects:

  • In Malta, what journey can aid in the development of a social enterprise? – the initial steps
  • How do we currently build the capacity and confidence for Social Entrepreneurs to develop their social ventures?
  • How can we promote Social Enterprise?

The ENISIE online platform
Mr Michelle Spalletta from Tree, a partner in the ENISIE Project, will present the ENISIE online platform.

 

Registration and Agenda

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Co-Creation of the MCVS Hubs

On 22nd November 2019 from 09.00 to 17.00 a workshop will be held at the MCVS Hub Rabat Malta

 Social innovation ecosystem
Daniele will tackle the comprehension of Social Innovation eco-systems including patterns of the pre-conditions to instigate and implement Social Innovations.

Involving Stakeholders in the Innovation Hubs
Daniele Fantechi will share the importance and benefits of involving stakeholders directly into the process, such as academic institutions, NGOs and government agencies, businesses – focusing both on Malta and Italy

 Learning from experience: The Melting Pot (Scotland’s Centre for Social Innovation)

Claire Carpenter will share about the history of The Melting Pot (TMP), in a Scotland/Europe context. She will explore the context for the emergence of coworking internationally; the Power of coworking to build resilient enterprising communities; Impact of TMP’s Collaborate; Case studies of TMPs members. Claire will also explain how TMP was created and, as a founder, what was the need she saw. She will then delve into how to get life / possibilities/ options out of the facilities / space; what the benefits for our clients are and their target audience; and how the space can be used as a vehicle for the Social Innovation journey

Introduction of the Coworking Accelerator & case studies of CW hubs globally Claire will outline the services and why TMP exists. She will share a number of case studies of new coworking hubs created in the world

Co-creating the new Marsaxlokk Hub
Mr Mauro Parascandalo, CEO of MCVS, will make present a walk-through of the new planned hub plan, to be built in Marsaxlokk. A discussion will be held with the aim to determine how such a Hub can flourish using a bottom-up approach.

Community innovation design & prioritisation jam
Mr Godfrey Kenely will facilitate a panel discussion with Claire Carpenter and Mauro Parascandalo. Many issues will be tackled, such as the: practical functionality required at the new hub (e.g. bike racks, Wi-Fi, canteen); Going beyond the basics; Other desired services at the new hub; Developing Mentoring support services at the new hub; and Exploring the use of technology in the Innovation Hubs.

 

Registration and Agenda

To register: Registration Form 

Download the Agenda

Download Directions for the venue

 

The events are part of an Interreg project called ENISIE 

The events are both FREE of charge

Coffee breaks and lunch is provided during both events

The events are not open to the public and participation is by invitation only.

 

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