The New Zealand Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Centre was pleased to host the 2013 Massey University Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference at Massey University’s Innovation Campus, Albany, Auckland, New Zealand, on 27-29 November 2013.
The conference theme Blurring Boundaries, Transcending Barriers captures the flexibility essential for collaborative action and novel thinking in this emerging scholarly field. Following on from our successful inaugural 2011 conference, participants were encouraged to explore new ways to advance the theory and practice of social innovation and social entrepreneurship.
Linda Jenkinson is a serial entrepreneur who has built three multi-million dollar companies, is now engaged in developing a global approach to relationship based concierge and social ventures.
Keynote Presentation: Giving Back - An Entrepreneur’s Search
Hear about serial entrepreneur Linda Jenkinson's search for how to make a difference in the world by applying business concepts to what has typically been left to "charity" - by working with women side by side to empower women to bring about change in West Africa.
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Professor Rob Paton
Professor in Social Enterprise,
Open University Business School.
Professor Paton's keynote is titled:
Social Investment - new systems, good returns?
Over the last two decades research on social entrepreneurship & enterprise has explored the organizational forms and business models involved, the ethical and public service markets being created, and latterly the innovation networks and processes. Research on the provision of finance for social innovation and enterprise has been the poor relation. In recent years, however, a ‘market’ in social investment has been evolving rapidly, especially in the UK. New flows of finance and ‘new systems’ are being advanced for social value creation – often with a view to operating at scale.
These developments mean revisiting fundamental questions – not least, ‘How do we know if its good, really?’ Those involved are being offered a rapidly proliferating array of measurement & reporting practices. Professor Rob Paton will put forward a contingency framework intended to help social investors and investees to see the wood from the trees when deciding how (and how much) to measure.
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Professor Alex Nicholls
Professor of Social Entrepreneurship,
University of Oxford.
Professor Nicholl's keynote is titled:
Risk and Return in Social Finance
In mainstream finance, a central issue in capital allocation strategy is calculating risk. Assessing risk accurately is a complex calculation that requires professional judgment as well as good data. The financial crisis of 2008 demonstrated that historical market data do not offer a full-proof way of calculating the future risk of assets. The emergence of a social finance sector has also challenged the conventions of risk and return analysis developed in the narrow context of financial economics.
Professor Nicholl’s keynote presentation will suggest that it is timely to reframe debates concerning risk and return in a more holistic context that takes account not only of the limitations of existing risk calculation approaches in capital allocation but also acknowledges the distinctiveness of social risk and return. Alex will explore the distinctiveness of risk related to expected social returns separate from calculations of risk related to expected financial return. His analysis is not only very unusual within the social finance market but may also have relevance to the calculations of future value creation made in all capital allocation decisions. An important question also posed is: What are the issues around measuring and modelling social risk and return?
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The following Special Sessions are now confirmed:
A New Economy for a New Generation
Format: Presentation and Panel
Non‐profit Foundations and Community Trusts: Resilience and Adaptation
Format: Presentations and Panel Discussion
Session Title: Innovative partnership responses to natural disasters
Panel Discussion: Reflections on innovative partnerships in a post-earthquake environment
Session Title: Iwi innovation: Providing local solutions and realising local opportunities
Session Title: Microfinance: A social approach to economic development
Format: This is an academic paper-based session.
Session Title: Blurring Boundaries and Transcending Barriers to Develop a Multi-Organization Social Entrepreneurship Program
Format: This is a professional development workshop