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