The 2013 INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Conference and Reunion was designed to advance thinking and knowledge of the field, promote an exchange of knowledge and experience, and facilitate the growth of social entrepreneurship. The event in Madrid attracted one of the largest and most geographically diverse groups of ISEP participants to date. Due to the growth and increased interest in social entrepreneurship across Spain, its proximity to Africa and other developing parts of the world, the technological expertise brought by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the innovative work Fundación Banesto itself has carried out, looks at some of the most important challenges society and its social entrepreneurs.
Theme: Technology, Innovation and Social Change
The opportunity of meeting in Madrid offered a unique opportunity to bring together local social entrepreneurs, business and public sector leaders, academics and our international network of leading social entrepreneurs. The challenge of undertaking such a project within the context of social and economic turmoil taking place both in Spain, across Europe and in much of the world.
The role of technology in promoting social change was identified as the central theme for the conference. Many aspects of both high and basic technological innovations will be discussed including healthcare, energy, education, finance, food & agriculture, and travel & culture. This is true, not only of advanced information technology, but also basic technologies that bring water, health, food, and improve basic livelihoods. Again, Madrid and its technological institutions, the compelling social needs and the innovation it houses offers us an opportunity to combine the three. Therefore, we proposed that the conference and related events focus on the role and relationship of technology, innovation and social change.
The Conference and Surrounding Events:
International Social Entrepreneurship Conference (Thursday, 25 April afternoon: 16-20h & Friday 26 April morning: 09-14h):
A public event open to the community focused on the central theme of technology, innovation and development. It was comprised of a brief plenary followed by issue-based working groups/panels tasked with identifying key points, innovations and opportunities and developing recommendations.
Related meetings and events:
A variety of events and activities that lead up and complemented the public conference and the ISEP reunion. These were designed to enable local and international participants to collaborate more closely and understand the field of social entrepreneurship in the Spanish and international better. T
Social venture competitions: targeted toward UPM and Yuzz but open to others. Competition focused on the theme of technology, innovation and development.
Site visits to local social entrepreneurs to gain an insight to their operations and activities.
Thursday Evening Preparation Dinner: A working dinner brought together leaders and facilitators from Thursday workshops, reviewed findings and results and preparde them for Friday.
Displays, exhibitions and demonstrations at the conference venue and presented by partners, sponsors and social entrepreneurs promoted understanding of social enterprises and their impact.
Local tours and outings to enabled visitors to get to know and appreciate Madrid.
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