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Friday, March 31, 2006

Mobilising Underutilised Assets To Realise Social And Environmental Value 7. Leveraging Talent Through Early Stage Investment

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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

  • Founder , Magic Breakfast
    Carmel McConnell is a lifelong social activist and award winning charity founder. She is also a best selling business author of five titles published by the FT/Pearson, including Change Activist, Soultrader and Make Money Be Happy.  In 2001 she set up, and now runs, a children’s food poverty charity, the Magic Breakfast. Magic Breakfast delivers healthy breakfast food and nutrition education to primary schools in greatest need. Magic Breakfast won Guardian Charity of the Year in 2005 as well as the Caroline Walker Trust Social Enterprise Award. Carmel is a Board member of the UK School Food Trust, a non departmental Government body, established to transform school food in the UK. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.  To fund the charity, in 2003, Carmel founded a social enterprise, Magic Outcomes. The Magic Outcomes approach is one of social brokerage, to help the neediest primary schools through better community and business partnerships. All profits from the programme go to Magic Breakfast to expand food deliveries. So far Unilever, BT and Pearson Education employees have taken part, and successfully shown how enlightened corporations can make a difference. Carmel believes a well managed social enterprise can bridge even the widest social chasms.
  • Eric Samuel Speaker
    CEO, Community Food Enterprise Ltd
    Eric Samuel is the Chief Executive Officer of Community Food Enterprise Limited. In 1998 he abandoned his career in banking to set up the Newham Food Access Partnership, a borough wide umbrella group/forum for providers and advocates of food access projects.  In 2002, Eric established the West Ham & Plaistow Community Food Enterprise which became a limited liability company in June 2003 and began trading as Community Food Enterprise Limited (CFE.) Over the past six years Eric has been instrumental in developing some of the most innovative food access projects in the country.  In recognition for his work and dedication to the community, Eric was voted Whitbread UK Volunteer of the year, 2001, in November 2003; he won the BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Award for best Food Campaigner/Educator and in 2004, he won the New Deal for Communities (NDC) Personal Achievement Award.  Eric passionately believes in community representation at the highest level of decision making and he sits on various national, regional and local boards, panels and working groups where he champions food access and community issues.  They include: London Food Board, London Food Link, British Urban Regeneration Association, West Ham & Plaistow New Deal for Communities and Ethnic Minority Stakeholders Group.  Eric is a former member of the King’s Fund Grants Committee and Newham Local Strategic Partnership (LSP).
  • Matthew Bolton Speaker
    Lead Organiser, Living Wage Campaign
    Growing up in South London the split between rich and poor was always apparent and appalling. The health, crime and other social problems brought about by poverty are clear and affect all of us. Doing agency work for a little extra cash I became friends with the largely immigrant workforce that cleans, feeds and looks after London for minimum wage. Whereas I was earning ‘beer money’ my workmates were struggling to raise families. The Living Wage Campaign aims to make sure that anyone in London working full-time earns a wage and that they can provide adequately for themselves and their families. A fair day’s pay for an honest day’s work – simple really. Uniting low-paid workers, trade unions, community groups and students, the Living Wage Campaign has brought pay increases and better employment conditions to hundreds of Londoners. It goes beyond the good causes to the root causes – economic injustice and poverty.
  • Head of Research, UnLtd: The Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs
    Moritz Flockenhaus has spent most of his research career to date working on evaluation and impact assessment projects.  Working in academia, Flockenhaus evaluated Home Office funded crime reduction projects before moving into central government where he evaluated various community safety projects and rehabilitation schemes for persistent offenders.  Flockenhaus changed directions in 2004 and ventured into the charity sector, where he evaluated leadership development programmes for healthcare professionals at The Health Foundation, an independent charity expending £20 million per annum to improve the quality of healthcare in the UK.  He joined Unltd. - The Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs -  in October 2005 to take forward a longitudinal impact assessment of our award making activities.