Updated: Jun 10
We had the honour to have an online conversation with one of the main 'fathers' of social enterprise, Jerr Boschee.
In this 18 minutes long edited version of our conversation, Jerr explained how the notion of social enterprise came to be and how it developed over the last 40 years. I would suggest to have a good listen to this as Jerr is dropping gem of insight, one after another.
Here some concepts that you can find in the video:
The Social enterprise ecosystem
Double bottom line (embedded in the DNA of companies)
I particularly loved the concept of 'local informal leaders' at minute 6:00 of the video, which the RISE programme was aiming to develop.
Jerr Boschee is the Executive Director of The Institute for Social Entrepreneurs, which he founded in 1999 to provide information, education and training resources to help launch and expand social enterprises in the United States and around the world.
Link to Jerr Boschee website (The Institute for Social Entrepreneurs), in there can download his most recent book (Jerr’s Journal: My Adventures in Social Enterprise) at no charge.
The mission of The Institute for Social Entrepreneurs, which he founded in 1999, is to provide information, education and training resources to help launch and expand social enterprises in the United States and around the world. Jerr has spent over 40 years as an advisor to social enterprises in the United States and abroad and he's always open to doing a pro bono 30-minute telephone or Skype conversation with people working in budding or established social enterprises. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org to begin setting up a convenient time for the call.
Link to the Pepperdine program, Jerr mentioned in the video.
Link to Suzanne Smith’s website (Social Impact Architects), from which people can also access her weekly blog.