« Empowering Social Entrepreneurs for Innovation and for a sustainable civil society » with Yannick Le Guern

30 Jan « Empowering Social Entrepreneurs for Innovation and for a sustainable civil society » with Yannick Le Guern

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Article of Laura Johnson – Expert on Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation.


Social Entrepreneurship// Innovation// Europe// Policy Making// Citizenship// Community Leader//

“Empowering Social Entrepreneurs for Innovation and for a sustainable civil society with Yannick Le Guern “

Today, a culture of entrepreneurship that encourages and supports the five skills -questioning, observing, networking, experimenting and associative thinking -is increasingly powerful.
Unfortunately, a natural pattern in the evolution of the French enterprises makes it very difficult for established companies to do this. In the earliest stages of any new business, the most important thing is to come up with a product or service that people will pay for; and this is the stage when the five discovery skills are so important.
Going forward, ‘entrepreneurial management techniques’ will be increasingly important to business success. One of innovative entrepreneurs, who launched ventures that offer a unique value proposition is Yannick Le Guern.

Creating sustainable civil society requires empowering social entrepreneurs and change-makers who are capable of initiating sustainable solutions towards their communities’ challenges, and who are willing to work with other community partners towards having a positive social impact.

Yannick Le Guern is a remarkable community leader and well known in the field of sustainable development, he worked as a practitioner, researcher, strategy and business development advisor for national and international development agencies and research and academic institutions in the socioeconomic development, sustainability, citizenship education and youth empowerment fields.

He  is one of the actors who is empowering  social  entrepreneurs  for  innovation,  inclusive  growth  and  jobs . In his opinion  “ we  need  an  European  society  aware  of  the  importance  of  implementing  economic  democracy  and  social  impact  of  enterprises. In order to make this possible, it is imperative a social entrepreneurship ecosystem asset involved inclusive and participatory. Public   authorities, social  partners, representative institutions and especially   the   businesses   and   entrepreneurs  in  the  social  economy  should  participate  in  the  development  of  public  policies”.

He also adds that  social  entrepreneurs and enterprises must receive direct budget support and funding, be supported in the promotion of  private  consumption  of  cooperative  /social  enterprises  services  and products and  participating  in  a  sustainable  public  procurement  and  committed  to  social enterprises.  “For  this,  we  need  a  coordinated  approach  between  all  actors  involved  in  the  social economy  ecosystem  with  a  global  objective  for  the  European society”, says Yannick Le Guern.

In his opinion “Policy and legal framework, public support schemes, networks and actors, investment and funding schemes must  integrate,  collect  transversely(employment,  small  and  medium  enterprises,  innovation,  all  sectors  of  production) the promotion and supporting of social enterprises. Social economy enterprises are active in all sectors  of  production  causing  beneficial  social  innovation  for  European citizenship,  therefore  must  be  considered transversely”.