Yesterday I participated in a meeting around "Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship". The meeting was arranged by Playing for Change, SIDA, Mötesplats för social innovation och samhällsentreprenörskap vid Malmö Högskola, och ASHOKA.
Playing for Change is a foundation connected to the Kinnevik group. Playing for Change envisions a world where all children can play - a healthy, just and thriving society where all barriers to play have been removed.
I like the concept and the way Christina Stenbeck, chairman of Kinnevik and chairman of the foundation Playing for Change, explained Kinnevik's decision to launch this program. She said that entrepreneurs and innovative and creative people are needed in business, and what better fundament for building strong innovation skills and creativity is there than playing... To fully develop to one's potential as a human being we all need to be able to play - probably both as kids and later in life...
As I said already, I like to concept, and I really hope that the social entrepreneurs that participate in the program manages to develop and build businesses that are sustainable. You know that I strongly believe in finding a business case in CSR-initiatives in order to secure the long-term sustainability of them. Read more about my ideas on social innovation and sustainable CSR-strategies on my blog post from e.g. April 8.
I also like to add that Charlotte Petri-Gornitzka, Director General at SIDA, presented a very promising new approach on the meeting. SIDA has developed the idea in a debate article today published in Dagens Industri. The article decribes how SIDA shall help Swedish companies to do "good business" in poor countries. Read the article - it looks very promising! So much good things could come from deeper and truly trustful collaborations between Swedish agencies such as SIDA and the industry.
Finally I also like to thank Caroline Casey, from Kanchi, for her fantastically energizing talk about her own life and experiences. Thanks Caroline! I promise, that I will never ever give up trying to make this world a better place!