Social Science, Digital Rights and Responsible Entrepreneurship

Not long to go until we will celebrate the national Festival of Social Science that in its 15th year will host 316 events across the UK.

The University of Plymouth is hosting a series of events as part of the ESRC’s annual festival, starting on Saturday 4th November and continuing until Saturday 11th November.

The festival aims to support and create the opportunity for social science researchers to engage with non-academic audience, teachers and young people. Additionally it aims to promote and increase awareness of social sciences and ESRC’s research and to create a greater public engagement.

This year’s festival looks at creating ‘purpose’ and how it can influence our work and how we build communities and live our everyday lives.


Futures Entrepreneurship Centre and Institute for Social, Policy and Enterprise Research (ISPER) is joining the festival with an event ‘Enterprising Together’ focusing on responsible entrepreneurship.10Nov17_ Enterprising Together

“Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is the continuing commitment by business to behave ethically and contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the local community and society at large” (Lord Holme & Watts: 1999).

‘Responsible’ entrepreneurship is similar to CSR however, it is associated with small entrepreneurs rather than large corporate bodies (Chapple and Moon, 2007; Fuller and Tian, 2006).

Responsible entrepreneurship presents a significant step in the right direction for community empowerment. The event, Enterprising Together embraces this theme by creating the space and opportunity for Plymouth’s refugees and asylum seekers to come together with students and staff from the University as well as local business owners, and other members of the general public, to collectively brainstorm, design and ignite team-led responsible enterprises that aim to foster community empowerment.

As part of the Festival the Futures Centre is also holding an event for the secondary schools. The Futures Centre is actively involved with regional and local secondary and primary schools supporting their business curriculum and creating opportunities. 10nov17_digital

The event, ‘Digital Rights, Safety at the expense of Privacy?’ will review recent policy and educational approaches to online safety. Professor Andy Phippen will raise concerns around whether the rights of children are being ignored in the drive to ensure they are ‘safe’ online. Entrepreneur Raphael Dennett will explore the concept of self-marketing and discuss how almost everything we do can be captured, documented or shared.

Extra Curricular event for students

Certificate in Sustainable Business

Saturday 4th November, Babbage Building, Plymouth University Main Campus4Nov_Certificate

Business, Entrepreneurs, Social enterprises, students and all interested in ethical business… Do not miss an event exploring every aspect of responsible enterprise

Good Business: Have Purpose: Be Fair: Make Money

Thursday 16th November, The Loft, Vauxhall Quay, Sutton Harbour, PL4 0DN16Nov17_Image

Thank you for taking the time to read this post and I hope it was informative.


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