welcome to our Blog “SEF Speaks”! We are more than happy to meet you and hope you will find some useful information, insights and ideas.
First things first, let’s get some facts straight. This blog entry aims to give you an overview of who we are, what we do and what you can expect from us.
So, without further ado, let’s get started!
1. What is the purpose of this Blog?
The idea behind this project is to make scientific work accessible for anyone who is interested in Social Entrepreneurship. We hope that by summarizing articles and expert knowledge we will be able to give you ideas for projects or new perspectives on how to get things done within the business world. We aim to offer you solutions for problems you may not be aware of and additionally guide you through the world of Social Entrepreneurship.
This blog will tackle a broad area of topics, ranging from Impact Measurement, Management Styles, Funding, Scaling, Theories of Social Entrepreneurship, Cutting Edge Methods / Instruments among numerous others.
Also, if you are interested in a specific topic, don’t hesitate to contact us and we will do the research for you! We are very much aware that a blog is only as useful as perceived by its readers.
2. What/Who is SEF and what do we do?
We are an initiative based in Vienna, Austria, that aims to provide a platform for events and information for future Social Entrepreneurs and anyone that is interested in Social Entrepreneurship.
We organize continuously informative and interactive events – often in cooperation with founders of SE or one of our various partners, who can communicate their knowledge through us.
Below you will find a summary of the values integral to our organisation:
- “Stronger together”
One person alone may struggle in finding ways to realize his or her dreams and projects. Particularly in the area of social business there are many obstacles to overcome. We believe that real change is easier to achieve if we all work together and create synergies between our abilities, knowledge and resources.
One flute playing the other way might be ignored, but try ignoring a whole orchestra!
One of our main purposes is to achieve an actual impact with what we do. In order to create change, one has to track whether their actions led to successful adoption and implementation. We do not want to put up with the way things are getting done!
As our name implies, the social and societal factors are our main concern regarding what we try to achieve. We believe, that true change comes from long lasting actions.
The first step is a nice gesture, but it will be only remembered if the next step goes into the same direction.
Creativity should not be only limited to artistic endeavours. We define creativity as the ability of taking what you have and creating something out of it. Often you will find yourself in a situation where there is no guidebook on how to make a right decision. You won’t even know what right and wrong is. Social entrepreneurship is from the beginning on a process of creating, adapting, correcting, re-trying. The well-known “thinking outside of the box” imperative will be helpful for your success.
We recognize that it is not easy to do something differently than the others, quite the opposite. We acknowledge that going the other way might bring loads of difficulties, but we believe that this courage will pay off on long terms, not only for society but also for oneself.
3. What is our Mission and our Goals?
As a platform of Changemakers we are trying to connect the common ways of doing business with a social and ecological component, also in regard of the responsibility businesses carry for our society as a whole. We from SEF are encouraging our growing community to take an active part in the process of creating our future. Through our knowledge, our events and our network we want to create space for likeminds to connect and projects as well as ideas to grow.
Our mission short:
“We want to make Social Business the Standard”
4. What can we do for you?
Connect you to other entrepreneurs and likeminds
Provide helpful advice, tips and ideas, knowledge of professionals
Share our broad network of organisations and already established social businesses with you
We are here to help you in finding your way, no matter what you need, we can talk about it.
Also don’t hesitate to approach us with questions or ideas you have!
5. Where can you find us?
As mentioned before, we are organising loads of interesting informative events and workshops – if you want to stay informed via E-Mail please subscribe to our Newsletter. Moreover we are active on social media through FB and are also reachable through our Website.