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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Can Social Entrepreneurship do Better Than Government? How Does Social Risk Relate to Social Return?

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Session Description

The panel will present a range of perspectives on risk and its relationship to social innovation including a sociological discussionon the decline of social trust and the opportunity offered bysocial entrepreneurship to address this deficit. A differentconceptualisation of risk will also be presented that considers an economist’s perspective on risk and social finance.

When | Where

11:30 - 13:00 Wednesday, March 28

Session leaders

  • Avner Offer Speaker
    Professor, All Souls College, University of Oxford
    Avner Offer is an Economic historian who currently holds the Chichele Professorship in Economic history at the University of Oxford, England. He is a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and of the British Academy. He specializes in international political economy, law, the First World War and land tenure. Over the past decade Professor Offer's main interest has been in post-war economic growth, particularly in affluent societies, and the challenges that this affluence presents to well being.
  • Geoff Mulgan Speaker
    Director, The Young Foundation
    Mulgan obtained a First Class degree from Balliol College, Oxford and a Ph.D. in telecommunications from the University of Westminster. He was also a Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, trained as a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka and worked for a spell during the 1980s as a van driver for the "Labour-supporting collective of musicians and comedians known as Red Wedge", opting ultimately for a career in local government and academia in the UK and going on to become an influential writer on social and political issues in various newspapers and magazines in the 1990s including the Independent, Financial Times, Guardian, New Statesman and Marxism Today. He worked as a reporter for BBC television and radio and was made a CBE in 2005. His current base, the Young Foundation, mainly works on social innovation - the design and launch of new social organisations, but also produces some publications, including recent ones on social innovation and the state of British society
  • Jeremy Large Speaker
    Fellow in Economics, St Hugh's College, University of Oxford
    Jeremy Large does research in the field of finance called market microstructure, which studies the details of how offers to trade are made and accepted on financial exchanges. In addition to doing research in Oxford, he also lectures on Financial Econometrics (MFE) and Market Microstructure in the Saïd Business School. Large held a Fellowship at All Souls College from 2005, until in 2008 he joined the hedge fund AHL, where he built and lead the research team which creates its execution algorithms for Futures and FX markets. In 2011 he became a Fellow of St Hugh's College.
  • Director, ESRC Risk Network, University of Kent
    Peter Taylor-Gooby is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Kent and Chair of the British Academy New Paradigms in Public Policy Programme. He also chairs the HEFCE Research Excellence Framework Social Work and Social Policy and Administration Panel. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, participated in the Prime Minister’s No 10 ‘progressive consensus’ Round Table and Advised the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, from 2009-10, and was President of the Sociology and Social Policy section of the BAAS, from 2005 to 200-6. He is a Founding Academician at ALSiSS, a Fellow of the RSA, co-director of the Risk Research Centre at Beijing Normal University, 2008 onwards, State-appointed Visiting Foreign Expert to China 2008-11, Distinguished Visitor, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Central Policy Unit Special Advisor, 2008-9 and chaired the Social Policy and Social Work Research Assessment Exercise Panel, 2005-8.