A Ph.D. journey: Lauren’s testimonial.

First some background: I am a social worker from South Africa who grew up and studied during the last decades of Apartheid, a nationally enforced system of separation of South African people based on skin colour. Growing up with fair skin, meant growing up privileged. This made me acutely aware of the contribution I needed... Continue Reading →


Worth every penny – Social change ideas and practice in three contemporary Finnish social enterprises

Social entrepreneurship is often about change in attitudes and behaviour. According to the findings of my PhD research project, contemporary social entrepreneurship in Finland makes no exception. In this blog post I focus on three owner-managers’ ideas of and practice for social change. Finally, I ask you to share your own ideas. My two cents... Continue Reading →


Our world is currently facing a serious crisis; and no one doubts the dimension and complexity of the closely intertwined economic, social and environmental challenges to take up. In line with the transition movement, possible solutions to break the deadlock would rely on collective and citizen-based initiatives. Regarding the energy transition, these citizen initiatives go... Continue Reading →

Testing social entrepreneurs cherished assumptions

The genesis of my research project occurred at the end of piloting my own innovation; the Community Capacity Builders Community Leadership Program (CCB CLP).  The CCB CLP is an active citizenship program based on education for sustainable development principles that embeds in government infrastructure.  The program was piloted with the City of Onkaparinga, South Australia... Continue Reading →

Social enterprises and ethnic minorities: A case study of the East London Olympic Boroughs

The emergence of a great number and variety of social entrepreneurial activities has taken place in the world over recent years (Defourny and Nyssens, 2010; Kerlin, 2010). The social enterprise sector has experienced considerable growth and nowadays this is at the centre of academic and political debate in Britain (Ridley-Duff and Bull, 2011). Yet, there... Continue Reading →

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