At Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, we truly believe that inspiring social entrepreneurship can change Ireland and every year, through our annual Awards Programme, we are inspired by the fantastic work that is being done all over the country to address Ireland’s greatest social and environmental problems. This year, we have developed a new series of events called ‘The Impact Series’ which provide an opportunity to step back and look at the broader eco-system in which social entrepreneurship exists. These events engage a wide audience of leaders from the business, public and non-profit sectors along with many of Ireland’s leading social entrepreneurs. The events are designed to inspire innovative ideas and to spark discussion and debate around key social issues and the role that social entrepreneurship can have in addressing these issues.
Job Creation – Employing New Approaches
The latest instalment of The Impact Series explored the theme of ‘Job Creation – Employing New Approaches’. We all know that unemployment is one of the greatest social and economic challenges we face as a country, it is complex, wide-reaching and impacts at a personal, societal and economic level, but is there a solution? When the problem seems so large, how can we begin to tackle it effectively? What role can each of us play to be a part of the solution?
Supported by The JPMorgan Chase Foundation and Accenture, we at Social Entrepreneurs Ireland brought together a dynamic group of speakers to discuss these questions and to share some of the innovative ideas, new approaches and collaborative action they are using to create jobs and enable employment across all sectors of Irish society.
The videos from the night are now available online:
Paul Mooney, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Jobcare
Paul reminded us of the personal impact of unemployment and the transformative effect a job can have on an individual’s life.
Kyra Maya Phillips, Co-Author, The Misfit Economy
Kyra challenged us to look beyond traditional structures and to explore the potential for innovation that exists both in the informal economy and through learning from some of society’s “misfits”.
Lucy Masterson, Co-Creator of Hireland
Lucy emphasised the potential of Ireland’s SME sector to stimulate growth and recovery, the power of shifting mindsets and the impact that hiring just one person can have.
George Boyle, Founder of Fumbally Exchange
George explored the value of creative clustering, the power of collaboration and the strength and reward that lies in making work together.
Mark Ryan,Country Managing Director, Accenture
Mark highlighted the importance of ‘joined-up thinking’ across all sectors of society and described the role that Accenture is playing in Ireland’s recovery including its Skills to Succeed programme.
The next Impact Series event will be held in September when we will once more take a solution-focused approach to one of Ireland’s social challenges.