Focused on exploring how businesses can be agents of change and a force for social good, the Singapore Social Enterprise Conference 2016 brings together thought leaders, corporates and entrepreneurs, for a 2-day forum of expert lectures, insightful discussions, networking opportunities and more.
This Conference serves as the main convening platform to engage and share knowledge across raiSE’s diverse network of partners and members. It runs in line with a series of programmes and initiatives under the #partofthegood movement.
The Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise (raiSE) was set up to raise awareness on social entrepreneurship and raise support for social enterprises in Singapore. raiSE hopes to strengthen the social enterprise sector in Singapore and encourage the growth of social enterprises as a sustainable way to address social needs.
raiSE provides a range of support to help social enterprises from start to mature stages, such as funding, advisory services, training, relevant resources and networks. In facilitating the growth of the sector, raiSE works closely with the public and private sectors, and continues to welcome the support of corporations and individuals who are keen to help advance social entrepreneurship in Singapore.
The notion that businesses can and should create not just economic value but also contribute to solving society’s bigger challenges, is gaining traction globally. Companies, regardless of the region, size or sector they are in, should seek to align their sustainability goals with goals for the broader society – by firstly ensuring that they are doing business responsibly and thereafter taking advantage of opportunities to solve the challenges faced by society through innovation and collaboration.
The Tata culture of giving back flows from a tradition of nation and community building. What began with Jamsetji Tata, the Founder of the Group, has continued till today in all of Tata’s companies. The continuity of this culture is evident in its corporate stewardship, sustainability and CSR practices as well as its ability to capture the power of frugal innovation to serve society’s needs.
Behind every Social Enterprise stands an ever-passionate Social Entrepreneur on a quest to put social value creation at the heart of their business. In this session, we let these social entrepreneurs take the spotlight and share about their journey and aspirations for the sector.
(these)abilities aims to reduce both the cost and stigma attached to using Assistive Devices in solving problems faced by Persons with Disabilities (PwDs). It does so by matching problems faced by PwDs, with solution providers/creatives on (these)abilities' online platform to form project teams and marrying Assistive Technology with Universal design in the project teams to ideally achieve economies of scale and the elimination of discrimination.
To find out more, visit www.theseabilities.com
Today, governments, policy makers and economic stakeholders face several pressing challenges – there is a need to help those in society who are not as well-placed adapt to the ever evolving global environment, and there is a need to promote sustainable economic and social development such that benefits of this development can be accrued to the society at large.
Social enterprises and social innovation contribute to ways through which these challenges can be met, as they bring competing and conflicting interests together to create a shared value and help accelerate social impact while supporting business goals.
The Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise (raiSE), recently launched the #partofthegood movement at FestivalForGood, the first ever festival, bringing together the diverse and vibrant community of social entrepreneurs in Singapore. This movement is essentially a collective effort through which raiSE hopes to encourage our community, be it corporations or individuals, to come together in support of our local social enterprises and contribute to the sector in ways that are both meaningful and sustainable in the long run.
Find out how you too, can join the movement and be #partofthegood!
A groundbreaking initiative started in 2010, Project Dignity is a unique social enterprise comprising namely Dignity Kitchen, Dignity Mama Stalls and many more. Their mission is “To build and return dignity to the disadvantaged and disabled through vocation with a passion.” Project Dignity’s uniqueness not only stems from the range of programs that they provide but also from the fact that they cater to almost all disabilities as well as most of the marginalised in society. One of the company’s key pillars is Dignity Kitchen which is Singapore’s first social enterprise food court that harnesses the special abilities of their beneficiaries. Dignity Kitchen is the first food court in the WORLD to attain the ISO 22000 certification for food safety management.
To find out more, visit projectdignity.sg/singapore
Corporations across various business sectors, are beginning to see the potential in redefining business strategies to create shared value. Broader conversations about value and value creation are taking place to include ideas such as inclusive business and sustainable capitalism.
Social enterprises and corporations can both mutually benefit from each other, to achieve the social impact and economic growth that they seek. Hear from our panelists on their experiences in engaging one another and the lessons learnt in the process.
billionBRICKS envisions a world with no homeless people and aims to improve the quality of life of the homeless through architecture, design and technology. Billionbricks delivers professional expertise in building of the physical environment, which provides the homeless with access to social and economic opportunities. Billionbrick's solutions are scalable, replicable and can significantly enhance livelihoods of the homeless and vulnerable, allowing them to emerge out of poverty.
The company has conceptualized and designed structures such as schools, homes, training facilities and urban architecture to name a few. Their latest creative achievement has been the Winter Home, an insulated tent which can be dismantled and protects its inhabitants from the winter chill, especially in disaster struck and poverty-stricken areas.
To find out more, visit www.billionbricks.org
In this ‘Insights’ segment, raiSE, together with Bain & Company will provide an overview of how the social value of social enterprises – or organizations in general - can be tracked meaningfully and serve as a conversation piece when engaging stakeholders.
How can individuals within large corporations bring about social change? Covering issues faced by social entrepreneurs or ‘intrapreneurs’ developing social impact initiatives inside large corporations, the session provides insights into the value in building social impact initiatives within corporations and the intangible benefits that come hand in hand with such initiatives.
Insights from the raiSE Public Perceptions Survey
The last public perception was conducted in 2010. Learn how we have moved the needle over the last 6 years and our goals for the sector in the years to come.
Given our small domestic market, expanding overseas is even more important for Singapore companies today. Hear about the trends and opportunities in the region and find out how you can get started.
Run by leading experts in their respective fields, this segment engages players within the social enterprise sector in a series of specially curated clinics and workshops tackling the pertinent and emerging themes for businesses and entrepreneurs in today’s context.
Participants can choose between 3 themes in each session.
Take part in this insightful and useful session on how each social media platform can be used (and how they can all work together) to generate brand awareness all the way through to generating sales for social enterprises big and small. The highlight of the session will include a hands-on approach on insights mining, content development and promotion and measuring success.
Learn from the WSG team as they share about the Adapt & Grow initiatives such as the Reskilling for Jobs – Work Trial, Career Support Programme and WorkPro that you tap on to connect with potential local talents, as well as leverage on the expertise and experiences of older workers.
What types of information are protected under the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA)? What are your organization’s obligations under the PDPA? Take part in this seminar and get an overview of the data protection laws in Singapore, including the types of data governed by the PDPA, the Do Not Call registry as well as general obligations and potential liabilities your organization may face. The speaker will also share practical tips on how to design an effective PDPA policy and compliance programme.
At a time when employees are seeking purpose in their work, how can companies use social impact and volunteer programs to build talent, cultivate new leaders and scale their social impact in society? Learn about ways to connect social initiatives and core business goals through shared value initiatives.
Establishing a positive image of your organisation, is key. But where do you start? Join this workshop to get a better understanding of how to craft compelling messages that tell your stories in the most effective and relevant ways possible.
‘Design Thinking’ – Two commonly used words but they leave so much to unearth, reframe, empathise and finally, internalise. The process of design thinking is not rocket science but thousands and perhaps, millions have been impacted by its process and mindshare. For the starters, the journey often begins with utilising it as a tool but to the practitioners, it will soon become a panacea, a mindset and ultimately - a way of life. Learn what design thinking is and is not, and how it is transforming people, organisations, social services and finally (and hopefully) a nation.
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Hotels near conference venue
Park Avenue Rochester is a business hotel offering 271 rooms and serviced suites. Business travelers, medical tourists and edu-tourists visiting the nearby business hub, hospitals and educational institutions in the one-north precinct will appreciate its location. International guests flying in for events at The Star Theatre may opt to stay near the venue for convenience.
Step into a tropical garden surrounded by lush greenery and embrace the tranquility of nature at Park Hotel Alexandra, a peaceful oasis in the midst of an urban district that offers retail, business and leisure convenience. Thoughtfully designed by award-winning architects and standing on a stylish podium, the sleek glass-clad 13-storey hotel boasts 442 elegant guestrooms and suites offer an array of modern amenities.