We had a blast teaching social entrepreneurship at Danube University in Krems last Saturday, March 23. One year ago we were MBA students sitting in that (almost) very same CSR and Business Ethics module, and now we’re alumni introducing the teachings of future of business – social entrepreneurship – to this university. How cool is that!
During the afternoon on Saturday we created texts together with the students for an e-book about transforming business models – from traditional commercial ones to triple bottom line. It’s going to be very interesting to read all the students’ contributions.
Thanks to all our hardworking, ambitious, interested MBA students. We’re spreading the social entrepreneurship vibe across Europe! Your participation and contribution was outstanding!
Michael Bauer-Leeb and Evelina Lundqvist
Daniela Knieling, managing director of respACT, the Austrian business council for sustainable development, invited Michael to do a guest blog post about Evelina’s and his master’s thesis.
Thanks for this great opportunity to spread the word!
Check out the blog post here (in German).
Some weeks ago we had the pleasure and honour to host a series of academic presentations on various aspects of social entrepreneurship. Together with Kathi Norden (“Social Entrepreneurs and World Bank PRSPs: How to enhance Poverty Reduction with Solutions that work”) and Hinnerk Hansen (“The Support Needs of Social Entrepreneurs”) we presented our own master’s thesis on social entrepreneurs and business angels at the Hub in Vienna.
After the presentations we had the pleasure to do a bit of Sparks with the audience before engaging in a lively and colourful interactive discussion. Those folks were eager to learn more, we can tell you :)
We think that all three of the presentations clearly showed how wide and still nascent this domain of social entrepreneurship is today. Despite an increasing number of studies on the topic there are still a lot of open questions to be researched in detail. Just think of the vast amount of different definitions (27 just in our study!), the different approaches to the perspective of business models, or the understanding of how and even if to make profits. Those differences in understanding also showed during the discussion, as the four of us had diverging views on these questions.
Overall it was a great evening with a great and very interested audience. We hope there will be more possibilities to present our findings. We think it’s important to tell our findings and engage in the discourse to further determine and structure the field.
A big hand of applause goes to the Hub crew who supported us to set up the event – Dimitris, Chara, and Alex – and of course a great thank you to Kathi and Hinnerk, who provided fantastic and up-to-date input on the topic of social entrepreneurship.
Here you find Kathi’s (soooon) and our slides (PDF, 1,8 MB) as well as Hinnerk’s conclusions (PDF, 49 KB) for download.
PS. If you want to learn more or want to book us for a presentation or discussion, feel free to call us or write us an email, read more here.
Photo: Dimitris Kokkinakis and The Good Tribe
On Wednesday, May 23, 18:30 we are co-organizing A 3D academic view on social entrepreneurship in The Hub Vienna.
Learn about the latest insights and research on social entrepreneurship from four Hub Members that are not only serial social entrepreneurs, but also contributed to the academic discussion through their respective research. From the support needs of social entrepreneurs, to the relations of social entrepreneurs and business angels and the role of social entrepreneurship in poverty reduction, Evelina Lundqvist, Michael Bauer-Leeb, Katharina Norden and Hinnerk Hansen take the chance to share with you their academic perspective on Social Entrepreneurship with a space for Q&As.
Evelina Lundqvist and Michael Bauer-Leeb: ”Facilitating a business relationship between social entrepreneurs and business angels.”
Kathrina Norden (ThreeCoins): “Social entrepreneurship and the World Bank’s poverty reduction strategies: how to apply solutions that work.”
Hinnerk Hansen: “The support needs of social entrepreneurs”.
Sign up here!
See you there!
Michael & Evelina
Last Monday, April 23 The Good Tribe was invited by Othmar Lehner – one of the supervisors of Evelina’s and Michael’s master’s thesis, and head of ACRN – to present their research findings, as well as The Good Tribe at ACRN’s Spring School on Social Entrepreneurship. ACRN is an academic research and collaboration network dedicated to enhance and broaden the knowledge of social entrepreneurship.
Michael had a great two-hour discussion with doctoral students and social entrepreneurship experts from around the globe. Evelina was also scheduled to participate, but she unfortunately got sick the day before.
Michael reports: “We talked about our findings of the master’s thesis, as well as about The Good Tribe’s mojo, vision and goals. It was a fantastic event thriving with energy and lots of Q&A!”
Thanks to Othmar Lehner and Karin Stichlberger for organizing and hosting a great event – we’re happy to come again :)
Photo: Karin Stichlberger, edit The Good Tribe