Welcome to the Annual Plymouth Social Enterprise City Festival 2020
PSEN is excited to be hosting our annual festival this year!
The festival will run from the 16th to 21st November and will be a blend of online and face to face events, in line with the guidelines at the time. We have a huge range of events from purpose led organisations across the city and PSEN themselves so take some time to look through all of the listings.
The theme for this year’s Social Enterprise City Festival is Educating the economy and follows on from our discussions about youth action for the climate in last years festival. And builds on the conversations started in the fantastic Regenerate Devon and ALTwork events earlier this year that explored a new economy and building back in better ways.
We want to look at the new generation of more socially conscious entrepreneurs and consumers – thinking about how we support them, how we make sure that our impact is clear to them. We also want to look at learning as a whole and how we share our knowledge, what we need to learn more about, and how we convey the knowledge we have in interesting and engaging ways. There is an opportunity to learn in everything we do and knowledge sharing is an easy way to work towards the new, more caring economy that we all crave.
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9.30am – 10.45am
Join us to launch this year’s Social Enterprise City Festival and be the first in the city to find out about the Social Enterprise Strategy for Plymouth.
Find out what amazing events will be running through the week, hear how we plan to work with partners to make sure that Plymouth maintains it’s reputation as the most socially minded business community in the UK. We’d usually welcome you with pastries and hot coffee but thanks for safety precautions for Covid-19 you’ll need to bring your own breakfast!
11am – 1pm
No Health, No Economy: the role of social enterprise in delivering health and prosperity
Since COVID-19 it has become clear that there is no economy without effective public health. Iridescent Ideas CIC is convening a seminar to explore the impact of the policy gap between public health and the economy. What can be done to align better at national, regional and local level? We believe social enterprises are leading the way.
Community Business – What is it and why is it a good thing?
Join The School for Social Entrepreneurs Dartington to find out more about what it means to be a ‘Community Business’ – how it’s different to other business models, why it’s a good thing for your local area and how they can help support your community business to grow in these difficult times.
11.30am – 1.30pm
In this session business experts and next generation entrepreneurs will examine the ethical responsibilities of entrepreneurs looking at the tensions that can exist between maintaining profit, planet and people.
2pm – 4pm
Social Impact reporting done right
Join Iridescent Ideas for their renowned online workshop (delivered as part of the POP ideas service and Rank Foundation programme) on key principles of social impact. Learn tricks, tips and techniques to help you prove the difference you make more effectively. You’ll walk away from this session with a social impact report!
Now is your time. Inspiring ideas in Youth-led Social Action
Meet the young social entrepreneurs, trustees, and change makers creating positive impact where they live. Hear about the work they do and be inspired by the journeys they have taken. This event is for young people who are interested in solving problems and creating positive change in their community, whether that is developing a socially motivated business or cooperative, leading a creative social action project or becoming more involved with an existing organisation.
5pm – 6.30pm
Mission Possible: Art and Enterprise for a Zero Carbon World
The climate emergency needs action now! Can art be a catalyst for inspiring that action? Find out the latest from Plymouth Energy Community and how they are using art to empower the community to create a fair and affordable zero carbon energy system with local people at its heart. Discover how you could benefit from the University of Plymouth’s Low Carbon Devon project which provides practical support to enterprises, including an internship programme offering fully funded placements. With Keynote speaker Ed Gillespie who is a climate-positive adventurer, environmental entrepreneur, Director of Greenpeace UK, futurist, and author of Only Planet: A Flight-Free Adventure around the World.
7pm – 9pm
The Annual PSEN ‘Pub Quiz’
You don’t need to know much about Social Enterprise but you do need to love a quiz. There will be a cash prize (delivered digitally), no cheating even if google is at your fingertips. There will be a sliding scale of entrance fees with the money being split between the winner and a good cause selected on the night! Bring your own beer, smart casual dress code
Tuesday 17th -27th
Cafe opening hours
Connecting with Clay- Exhibition
This exhibition held at Ocean Studios is a collection of multi-modal texts in clay – an installation of porcelain autobiographies connecting people after lockdown. This collective body of work will be created by schools within the Devon area.
9.30am – 11am
Navigating the new landscape; how to engage with local schools
Local Plymouth charity Millfields Inspired run a programme entitled Widening Horizons with 7 local primary schools, each year working with approximately 200 children and the business community. Join them for an introdution about how the charity is adapting their work with schools in response to the Covid crisis, followed by Q&A.
10.30am – 12pm
Social Enterprise Explained
In association with The Cube business facility at Plymouth University, PSEN will lead this session providing an overview and examples of Social Enterprise. You may be wondering what social enterprise really is, simply put – social enterprise is business with a social conscience… but there is more to find out! Join us for more information, case studies of local social enterprises, funding a social enterprise business etc from an expert in Social Enterprise.
12pm – 2pm
The role of Digital in post-covid business/organisational transformation
The business world needs to relearn the role of digital in a post covid economy. Join Cosmic UK to discuss what that might look like for you, your business, and your customers.
2pm – 3.30pm
Badging for the new Economy
Does your organisation have volunteering opportunities or work experience for young people? Perhaps you have a youth board, leadership scheme, or put on events to better your community? ‘Badging for the New Economy’ is a free online workshop offering information on Cities of Learning digital badges, the benefits they provide for both informal learners & informal learning providers, and a how-to guide on getting started.
10am and 6pm
Do you want to see more repairing, make and mending in Plymouth? Find out what we is happening already and how you can get involved.
Join local fixing collective Borrow Don’t Buy, Timebank SW, Plymouth Scrapstore, and Makers HQ to share information about the repairing movement in Plymouth, map repair shops / repairers, and have a virtual cuppa where you can ask them anything.
10am – 12pm
Impact and your audience
We all know that social enterprises have amazing social impacts. We’re used to looking at them for our impact reports and funding applications but in this growing socially conscious economy it can be more use than that. Join us for this session where you’ll have the chance to work out what your main marketable impact is and who you should be communicating it with.
1pm – 2pm
2pm – 3.30pm
Creating engaging films to promote your social enterprise
In this physically distanced world it is increasingly important to be seen online and that can be challenging. Join professional film makers Viewhear cic to get some top tips and support on how you can make a big impact on a small budget. Learn what you need to consider before you start filming, what factors make your video pop on screen and how to make the most of the resources you have available. Places are very limited to allow 1-1 time and support from the team so please book early
5pm – 6.30pm
Supporting Young People with Current Challenges
This is a workshop exploring how social enterprise is stepping up and helping young people to become the workforce of the future. It’s a blended event – join us at Ocean Studios or online.
10am – 12pm
Writing for different audiences
Communicating with our audiences is essential for good business, understanding how to communicate with the different audiences and stakeholders is a skill set that might not come naturally. Join PR experts Manico PR for this workshop to look at how to get your message across in the best way possible.
1pm – 4pm
Doing data better in social enterprises
The Data Place are offering free data consultations to local social enterprises. Whether you have questions about GDPR compliance, making your data more reliable, using open datasets to help with marketing or targeting your social impact, using databases or publishing your own data, we have friendly and practical expertise to help you.
2.30pm – 4pm
Playful on Camera
Did you know that Films are 40 times more likely to be viewed than a blog post? Join /starts of wellbeing for this hands on training to help you make films that look good and engage with people from the comfort of your own home
7pm – 9pm
For Social Enterprise city festival join Hannah and Laura live from the Greenhouse for a tropical bingo extravaganza. Guaranteed laughs and prizes!
£5 per ticket
Saturday 14th (yes we know it’s before but it’s too good not to include!)
10am – 3pm
Native Makers Market
A mini market with local social enterprises and ethical makers from across the South West held in the cafe at Ocean Studios in Plymouth
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