Social enterprise, crime, and ethics

Garden Room, Park House
Research, Social Sciences
Tuesday 3rd April 2012 (12:00-13:30)
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Rebecca Berridge

Jon Griffith

Social enterprises are widely claimed to be a solution, simultaneously, to both economic and social problems: they do good while sustaining themselves, or, put the other way around, they contribute to economic activity while achieving social purposes; thus their distinctiveness lies in their double (or triple, or multiple) bottom line, or in their 'hybrid' status.

Of course, there have been other hybrids in the past, before the emergence of the current wave of social enterprises, and there are hybrids beyond the boundaries (if there are any...) of the present social enterprise field.

Hezbollah, the Provisional IRA and FARC have all shown characteriristics of a similar hybridity in their policies and operations; in this seminar I suggest that hybridity may in itself be a problem, or the cause of a problem, rather than a solution, and that this perspective has implications for social enterprises generally.

Jon Griffith is a principal lecturer in the School of Law and Social Sciences at the University of East London, and a research associate at the University's Centre for Institutional Studies; he helped develop, taught on, and eventually led the postgraduate programme in Social Enterprise: Development and Management at UEL (2001-2007) and is still scheming to replace it with something more useful.

Registration is not required, please just come along.

Venue: The Garden Room, Park House