Monday, August 30, 2010

Ateneo launches the Philippine Social Entrepreneurship Club


 
Last Saturday, the Ateneo School of Government (ASOG) and Ateneo Center for Social Entrepreneurship (ACSEnt) launched the Philippine Social Entrepreneurship Club at their Rockwell campus.

The event started off with an introduction about the Philippine SE Club by Harvey Keh, Director of Youth Leadership and social Entrepreneurship at the ASOG, then a talk by TV News Anchor Martin Andanar on "The Role of Media in Promoting Social Entrepreneurship", and the unveiling of the Philippine SE Club website

After Atty. Arnel Casanova ended the formal event with some closing remarks, pizza and soda we brought out and it was time for socials.


A little bit more about the
Philippine Social Entrepreneurship Club


WHAT IS IT?

"The Philippine Social Entrepreneurship Club initiated by the Ateneo de Manila University’s School of Government and the Ateneo Center for Social Entrepreneurship will stand as a learning and support group of social entrepreneurship practitioners, advocates, and supporters in the Philippines. It will be a venue for members of the club to learn from each other about the evolving principles and concepts behind social entrepreneurship, share practical ideas from the ground, discover new insights about a wide array of topics from experts in various fields that will help them develop and improve ideas for social entrepreneurship, and render different forms of support especially for the ones initiating or are currently running their social enterprises." 

HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER?


"The club is open to any Filipino who is interested in learning more about social entrepreneurship. It also encourages those who have started or are currently running social enterprises in the Philippines to join.
For those who will register and complete payment on or before August 31,2010, the membership will only be P 1,000.00. Those who register after August 31, will already be charged an annual membership fee of P 1,800.00. Former and current Ateneo School of Government (ASOG) SE Class for Professionals students are excused from paying the membership fee for this year."


WHAT DO I GET OUT OF MY MEMBERSHIP?

"Activities will include quarterly talks and forums on interesting topics such as the role of media in promoting social entrepreneurship, new trends in social marketing and fundraising, understanding the triple bottom line approach, best practices of successful social enterprises in the Philippines, engaging local government units to achieve sustainable development and the evolution of Philippine corporate social responsibility. Aside from this, the club will also organize field visits to successful social enterprises in the country. A website focused on social enterprises in the Philippines as well as the activities of the club will also be launched before the end of this year. Finally, the club will also provide support, linkages and assistance to fledgling member social entrepreneurs and social enterprises in the country."

SO THEY HAVE A WEBSITE?


 The Philippine Social Entrepreneurship website of the ASOG is in its early stages, so as of this moment not all links are working yet. It's already up - go to www.philippinese.net to take a peek.

Looking at the website outline on the side, it looks quite promising. As a resource, it's got a quick explanation of the "Multiple Bottom Line", a link for published literature. And if you're searching for a way to get involved or a support group of other SE's that you can reach out to, you can check out the featured Philippine social enterprises, community bulletin and the list of programs and partnerships they have running.

For the social media savvy, connect to them on Facebook and watch out for their presence on Twitter sometime in the future (hopefully soon!).


I'M CONVINCED, HOW DO I GET IN TOUCH WITH THEM?

"For more information about the Philippine Social Entrepreneurship Club, please contact
Cristyl Senajon at (02) 434-1458 or you can also send her an email at ateneoylse@gmail.com ."




 Looking forward to my first year
as a member of the club


What I like about this Philippine SE Club is that it's inclusive - you don't need to be an actual social entrepreneur to join. So long as you are interested in the topic and want to learn more about it, you are welcome! Which is totally great for me because I am not a social entrepreneur, strictly speaking I work in the private sector and volunteer with non-profits - the two sectors that the whole social entrepreneurship movement has somehow managed to merge. So you can see why I am fascinated by this whole concept.

The first talk at the launch event, "The Role of Media in Promoting Social Entrepreneurship", is an indication of what's in store for us members. As someone who has worked in both PR and advertising, I naturally found that talk somewhat basic. But I am sure it was a good overview for some of the people in the crowd. And I guess moving forward, this will always be the case. No matter what topic they cover, some members will find the talks enlightening, while others will find it too basic for their level of knowledge. That's just the way things are if your membership base is varied.

What I appreciated was how they gave sufficient time to get a dialogue going after the talk. While questions were primarily addressed to Andanar and Keh, they opened the floor for comments from anyone in the audience that wanted to pipe in. And so a conversation ensued between seasoned and beginner social entrepreneurs, professionals and nonprofit managers. Raising questions, sharing experiences of what worked and what didn't, giving advice. And I think this is what the Philippine SE Club really has to offer - a potential hothouse of ideas and breeding ground for partnerships all for the advancement of social entrepreneurship in the Philippines.

I've got high hopes for this club and I look forward to my first year as a member :D


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