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September 21, 2016

A long history

While social enterprise may still be finding its feet within the mainstream economy, it’s worth noting that some historians think its origins can be traced back to 1761 when a group of weavers from East Ayrshire began to work cooperatively. The influence of business for the common good has waxed and waned ever since. In the 1980s and early 90s, Scotland was held in high regard for its track record in community business. A key influence during that time was John Pearce. John died five years ago but his memory lives on through an annual memorial lecture. All welcome.


Yunis Centre, Glasgow Caledonian University

The lecturer this year will be Pauline Graham from Social Firms Scotland. The Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) would like to invite you to the 2016 John Pearce Memorial Lecture and an update on the Social Enterprise Collection (Scotland).

The lecture will consider perspectives on the social enterprise community in Scotland which has been built on the roots of community action and an inherent enthusiasm for entrepreneurship. It will also reflect on the development of social enterprise in Europe and how the ‘Scottish Model’ fits into the more international aspects of social enterprise. The lecture will also speculate on key challenges for social enterprise in Scotland and the need to frame the forthcoming 10 year Social Enterprise Strategy within a wider policy context.


This is a free event but please can you RSVP to ensure your place.