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Nowadays, many entrepreneurs are not only focused on building businesses and making a profit, but they are also keen on making a difference in the world. This new type of approach to business is called social entrepreneurship and it employs various techniques to develop, fund and implement solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues.

Social entrepreneurs come in different forms and sizes. They include for-profit businesses, hybrid models combining charitable work with business activities, non-profit charities, voluntary sector organizations and non-governmental organizations. Philanthropists, social activists, environmentalists, and other socially-oriented practitioners are also referred to as social entrepreneurs.

Professor Barbara Klimek, from Arizona State University, will introduce the concept of Social Entrepreneurship during the lecture in the series “The Challenges to the Humanities of the 21st Century”, organized by SWPS University Interdisciplinary Doctoral Studies Program.

Lecture open to the public – free admission.

Lecture

January
12 2018

Warsaw

Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship: Social Impact, Social Innovation, and Sustainability

The lecture introduces concepts of Social Entrepreneurship. Basic definitions and exploration tools for the social entrepreneurship theory development and practice framework will be provided. Furthermore, ongoing discussions and rationales for the widespread application and utilization of this type of business ventures for the economic development of contemporary society will be presented. An introduction to the UN Sustainable Development Goals will be discussed in the context of utilization of the social entrepreneurship model as a mean to provide opportunity for innovated ventures, which not only add value to the economic growth, but also meet the ongoing needs of communities and citizens of any given establishment. Examples derived from the fieldwork and the application of social entrepreneurship models to create opportunities for innovation as well as contribution to the social transformation will be discussed.

Barbara Klimek - Arizona State University

Professor Barbara Klimek, PhD, MSW, is Clinical Associate Professor and MSW Coordinator in Arizona State University’s School of Social Work.

Her research interests include macro-economics, specifically related to demand and supply of qualified manpower into national economy, issues of cultural diversity, specifically refugees and immigrants, as well as international social work. Her research has supported the design and application of complex scientific econometric tools for the planning and forecasting of the educational system in Poland. 

She authored numerous academic publications, including a report entitled Case management manual: The application of social work principles, ethics, and the case management approach in service delivery to refugees (2011). 

We are happy to welcome Professor Barbara Klimek at SWPS University again. As Social Entrepreneurship is gradually becoming a way forward in business and organizational development worldwide, the topic of her lecture couldn’t be more timely.

Izabela Grabowska, Associate Professor, Head of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program

The Challenges to the Humanities of the 21st Century

“The Challenges to the Humanities of the 21st Century” is a series of lectures by distinguished specialists, representing various disciplines from the field of humanities. The events are aimed at students of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Studies at SWPS University, however all interested parties are welcome. The format includes post-lecture informal discussions, where doctoral students can debate the lecture topics with the invited experts. The friendly atmosphere is conducive to networking, which lends itself to opportunities of future internships at universities or research centers around the world.

Doctoral Studies at SWPS University

Doctoral Studies at SWPS University are a good choice for people interested in an academic career and those, who would like to continue their education and personal development in support of their career advancement. The interdisciplinary character of our programs allows students to participate in projects from various disciplines. Our doctoral students collaborate with scholars from the best research centers in Poland and around the world. The master-apprentice approach guarantees that each student receives individual attention and professional support.

Date and Location

January 12, 2018 at 17.00

SWPS University
Chodakowska 19/31, Lecture Hall Nr S306
Warsaw

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