Monday, 14 November 2011

Live Q&A: Support for social enterprises, Thursday 17 November, 1-3pm

Is the fall of RiSE a sign of things to come?
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What do you want and need from your regional and national support bodies? Photograph: Jon Super/AP
The closure of rise, the south-west based body set up to develop and support social enterprise, has raised questions about the future for social enterprise support bodies.
In this live Q&A, we'll be asking:
• What do social enterprises - and those considering starting up social enterprises - need from support organisations?
• Does the rise of social media and other sources of online support mean that regional and national support bodies are less important?
• How can the surviving regional bodies survive and thrive in a difficult economic climate?
Tell us what you want and need from your regional and national support bodies. If you work for a regional or national body, log in and tell us what you're doing to serve those who need your help.
Also, if you'd like to leave a question, please do so in the comments section below, or come back to ask it live - and follow the debate - on Thursday 17 November from 1pm to 3pm.
Do get in touch with Gines Haro Pastor for more details.

Expert panel

Allison Ogden-Newton - Chief executive, Social Enterprise London

Allison is the chief executive of Social Enterprise London, London's leading agency supporting and promoting social enterprise, the business model for the 21st Century, throughout the Capital and Internationally. Last year SEL assisted thousands of social enterprises in developing their businesses, got hundreds of young people into jobs and worked in 9 countries.
Allison has successfully promoted social enterprise to a wide spectrum of decision makers, raising awareness and creating a community of support for future development through highly effective networking and strong strategic partnerships.


  1. Well, by coincidence, I was just tackling that social media subject on a prominent business network. I offered examples of how social media won't connect those who don't really want to connect.

    What we actually want is support, which I interpret as helping publicise what each of us is doing rather than selective showcasing.

    Sadly it hasn't been the case when approaching organisations like SWRDA, RISE and even SEL. The response below on joining the SEC is all to common, i.e. You aren't doing what we think social enterprise is:

  2. I think the answer to the question is "Yes, it is".

  3. Indeed David..... And I think if we ask ourselves if we care again the answer is yes, but that still leaves, can anything be done about it?