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Friday, March 31, 2006

Mobilising Underutilised Assets To Realise Social And Environmental Value 1. Legitimating Assets

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Session Description

After a day on finance, we return to the themes of our opening keynote address. One of the distinctive attributes of social entrepreneurs is their ability to identify and mobilise very different kinds of assets – human, social and cultural. These case studies examine the ways social entrepreneurs can couple new financial resources with other assets and put both in the service of their mission and pursuit of social and environmental value.

When | Where

11:00 - 12:15 Friday, March 31

Session leaders

  • Alex Jacobs Speaker
    Director of Research, Keystone Accountability
    Alex Jacobs is Director of Research at Keystone Accountability. Keystone is a non-profit which seeks to transform performance measurement and reporting in social purpose organisations. Alex was previously founding Director of Mango, and has worked with Oxfam and many other NGOs. He is a visiting fellow at the Skoll Centre in Oxford. He is a trustee of BOND, and chairs BOND’s Quality Working Group. In 2007, Alex was shortlisted for a Beacon Fellowship for his contribution to social causes. Alex is involved in cutting-edge initiatives in accountability, particularly focusing on strengthening constituency voice
  • Alex Nicholls Speaker
    Professor of Social Entrepreneurship, University of Oxford
    Professor Alex Nicholls MBA is the first tenured professor in social entrepreneurship appointed at the University of Oxford and was the first staff member of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship in 2004. His research interests range across several key areas within social entrepreneurship and social innovation, including: the nexus of relationships between accounting, accountability, and governance; public and social policy contexts; social investment; and Fair Trade. To date Nicholls has published more than eighty papers, working papers, book chapters and articles and six books. Most appear in a wide range of peer reviewed journals and books, including five papers in Financial Times Top 30 journals (with two others under review and resubmit). He is the General Editor of the Skoll Working Papers series and the Editor of the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship. Nicholls is also the co-author of a major research book on Fair Trade (with Charlotte Opal, Sage, 2005) and the editor of a collection of key papers on social entrepreneurship (Oxford University Press, 2006, 2008). Both represent the best selling and most cited academic books on their subjects in the world. In 2011, Nicholls published a co-edited volume on social innovation – the first scholarly book on the subject. In 2016, he published a co-edited volume on social finance (again this is the first academic collection on the subject). His next book will be a monograph on the politics of social entrepreneurship and innovation globally.
  • Yasser Bhatti Speaker
    Writer, Frugal Innovation
    Yasser Bhatti is PhD student at the Said Business School, University of Oxford with research interests in innovation, entrepreneurship, and strategy. His PhD focuses on the emergence of frugal innovation and blogs on his website www.frugal-innovation.com