VBSR’s Local + Social Enterprise Workshop – Feb. 19

Local + Social Enterprise Workshop Coming to Brattleboro!

VBSR and Marlboro College Grad School are teaming up again!

Following up on the success of last year’s partnership, we’re thrilled to present 2016’s Local + Social Enterprise Workshop.

Most people agree that a healthy civil society is made up of three distinct sectors: the public sector, the private sector and the civil sector. Driven by the need for radical social change, the emergence of social enterprise has brought about new legal structures, creative partnerships and potent policies that blur the lines between these sectors and change how change can happen. As more social enterprises arise locally and globally, what do we gain and what do we risk? Does the disruptive nature of social enterprise indicate systemic evolution, creative destruction, or simply a new method for doing business?

In this workshop, we will explore the role of social enterprise by unpacking the structures and tools that local enterprises use to accomplish social missions. An all-star panel of six Marlboro alumnae local social enterprise practitioners will share their perspectives and experiences with participants. The day consists of two sections: a morning panel plenary and open lunch (9AM-1:30PM) and an afternoon interactive workshop (1:30-4PM) that will explore and examine the role of social enterprise in the pursuit of sustainability. Participants are welcome to come just for the morning and lunch, or stay for the whole day.
After the workshop you will be able to:
  • Contemplate advantages/disadvantages of different structures and certifications to accomplish social mission in business
  • Examine the role of business in making social change and achieving sustainability
  • Explore whether society should devise other mechanisms to achieve social mission in business
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