This seminar was organised by Dr. Mary Fenton, WIT and funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.
The seminar aimed to:
- Discuss the growing importance of social enterprise to the Irish economy
- Debate the role of HEIs in the development, recognition and legitimacy of the social enterprise sector through curriculum development and other teaching and learning initiatives
- Assess the scope for HEIs partnering with Social Enterprises on curriculum-related projects e.g., applied undergraduate and postgraduate project work, case studies of local and regional social enterprises etc.
- Explore how HEIs can build the capacity of people already working within the social enterprise sector.
- Dr Senan Cooke, Author of The Enterprising Communities
- Ms Tammy Darcy, CEO and Founder Shona Project
- Ms Laura Dennehy, Head of Development, Enactus Ireland
- Mr John Evoy, Social Enterprise Development Manager, Social Innovation Fund
- Mr Richard Gavin, APO, Department of Rural and Community Development