“Existing company law, which was designed hundred and fifty years ago, is too old to deal with the problems that the world is facing today. In fact, it was not designed for solving our problems rather solve their problems back then, says Peter Holbrook, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise UK, on the opening day of the two-day long forum on Social Enterprise by British Council in collaboration with the Access to Information (A2i) Programme, of the Prime Minister’s Office, “the problems we face today are too big and complex and it calls for a more conducive company law or business practices.” According to speakers, panelists and the attendees at the first day of two-days event put together by British Council, social enterprise can be a potential response to the problems we are facing today not only in Bangladesh but also globally. Mr. Holbrook suggests we need radical thinking.
Enter Forum on Social Enterprise: Day One
The third annual Forum on Social Enterprise, organized by British Council in collaboration with the Access to Information (A2i) and other players in Space including Dnet, Better Stories, team engine and Future Startup kicked off today in Dhaka.
The event aptly titled ‘Social Enterprise: Collaboration for Impact, a well thought out proposition followed by last year’s event that was focused more on building awareness around impact social enterprises could have and opportunities for them in Bangladesh, attracted policy makers, social entrepreneurs, ecosystem players, investors, practitioners and stakeholders from Bangladesh and abroad.
The first day of the forum covered topics including collaboration for more impactful policy, promoting commerce with a sense of social responsibility, and the state of overall social enterprise in Bangladesh. Here are a couple of insights from the event:
Like the past forums, this year’s event has brought together more than 100 policy experts and social entrepreneurs and impact investors, investment intermediaries and practitioners from Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the UK.
The event, closing tomorrow, aims to become a festival of social enterprise related ideas and discussions while also creating a greater network of social policy influencers, social entrepreneurs, academia, and private sector players.
The second day of the forum, scheduled tomorrow, February 23rd, will explore ideas around leadership for social enterprise, social investment, finding the connection between social enterprise and SDGs and designing a strategy for Bangladesh to empower social enterprises featuring speakers from both Bangladesh and abroad. The event is open to all but you need an invitation to attend, you may apply for an invitation here.
Note: Future Startup is a strategic partner of the event.