Forums – regular meetings and Book Circles – meet at 6:30 at the Panera Bread Co. community room (875 Bethel Road).
Forum: March 20 - - Topic: Social Entrepreneurism
For discussion: Topic: Social Entrepreneurism – Is “social good” a sustainable business goal, alongside profit? Can the two co-exist, or thrive? From micro-banking to social service, from non-profits to “privatization” – ideas are struggling to take form and emerge as new business models, and opportunities for emerging societies, and socially-conscious capitalists. This meeting and discussion will take place two days before the latest APTE (Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Summit) on the Ohio state campus (registration is free).
Is social entrepreneurism really a new model, a new idea? Here’s a general definition. Maybe it is simply an additional consideration for the traditional business of capitalism. Perhaps it is different enough to require new kinds of accounting and investing structures, like the “B” corporation (taking its place next to the S corp, and other goals and organizational styles). And now traditional charities – like foundations – can make “investments” that can drive and support social entrepreneurship, mixing several old metaphors.
These links courtesy of Tony Wells, of the Wells Foundation, a local investor in a variety of social enterprises and non-profits. And here is a broad knowledge base of related and similar ideas.
It is doubtful anyone will read all this material, but the conversation resulting from the varying readings and interests of our members, will prove interesting indeed.
We look forward to seeing you and pursuing a unique discussion at this meeting of the Columbus Futurists!
New Post and Article:
Be sure to check out the latest suggestion contributed by CF member Chuck Coutellier – “The economist’s guide to the future” – a book review in FT Magazine (caution: The Financial Times seems to amuse themselves by making access to their content by non-subscribers difficult. If this link fails, try Googling the title with “Financial Times.”) Thanks for the tip, Chuck!
Scheduled meetings for 2013 – 2014 (all meetings meet 6:30-8:30 at the Panera Bread Co. community room,875 Bethel Road):
- March 20 -Topic: Social Entrepreneurism -
- April 17 - Topic: tbd
- May 22 - Topic: tbd
- June 19 - Topic: tbd
- July 24 - Topic: tbd
- August 21 - Topic: tbd
- Sept 25 - Topic: tbd
- Oct 23 - Topic: tbd
- Nov 20 - Topic: tbd
- Dec 18 - Topic: tbd
- Jan 22, 2015 - Topic: tbd