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Workshop on the Usage of Data for Driving Social Entrepreneurship

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Date(s) - 19/02/2015
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Price: FREE


i-genius European Union Web-COSI Workshop on the Usage of Data for Driving Social Entrepreneurship

Thursday 19th February, 2015
Time: 9.30 – 4.00pm
Venue: Legatum Institute, 11 Charles Street Mayfair, London, W1J 5DW, United Kingdom –

This event will be livestreamed from 10.00 GMT to 16:00 GMT on Thursday, 19 February 2015

Engage with this event live via Web-COSI Facebook and Twitter @WebCOSI channels using the following hashtag: #SocEntData

The workshop seeks to explore the creation of new tools and develop existing methods on creating critical mass on the usage of data for driving social entrepreneurship initiatives. It will be very much an interactive and participatory occasion with each of the scheduled presentations limited to 10 minutes.

The workshop will be hosted by the Legatum Institute and will include a presentation of the 2014 Legatum Prosperity Index, an annual assessment of wealth and wellbeing across 142 countries. The Index assesses national progress in a range of areas, including health, entrepreneurship and social capital, and has been published by the institute since 2007.

This is an invitation only event. If you would like to register your interest to this event and/or future i-genius hosted Web-COSI events, please email:

Below is the contextual information on the purpose of the event and draft agenda. Further details on the project can be found via Web-COSI.


“Social enterprises contribute to smart growth by responding with social innovation to needs that have not yet been met; they create sustainable growth by taking into account their environmental impact and by their long-term vision; they are at the heart of inclusive growth due to their emphasis on people and social cohesion. In other words, their key aim is to effect social and economic transformation which contributes to the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy.”

EU Social Business Initiative (25.10.2011)


Europe2020 strategy is pushing to create a favorable climate for social enterprises recognized as key stakeholders in the social economy and innovation. Social enterprises seek to serve the community’s interest (social, societal, environmental objectives) rather than profit maximization. They often have an innovative nature, through the goods or services they offer, and through the organization or production methods they resort to. They often employ society’s most fragile members (socially excluded persons). They thus contribute to social cohesion, employment and the reduction of inequalities.

Two cornerstones of social entrepreneurship are: i) the ever-increasing need for social services, for example in the health and nursing sectors — due not least to the demographic changes arising as a consequence of an increasingly ageing society; ii) the potential of social ventures to increase global competitiveness with new jobs, which are mainly to be found in the ‘green’ and ‘white’ economy.

Against this background, this workshop – organized within the activities of the EU FP7 Web-COSI project – aims at analyzing  the data usage for driving social entrepreneurship as a crucial element to take into consideration. Data needs for social entrepreneurs can be considered in different perspectives: i) data on the citizens’ problems and needs to drive the start of the social venture; ii) data to foster the venture on-going; iii) data to evaluate and measure the impact of social ventures; data to measure the overall phenomenon of social entrepreneurship.

Nowadays, Web2.0 technology offers a great potential to collect and use data among stakeholders and involving the public to give individuals a voice, empowering the essence of the social entrepreneurial approach which is the partnership between the social entrepreneur and the community she or he serves. Technology lowers the cost of and barriers to listening to the voice of individuals in disadvantaged communities, responding to their needs, and aggregating large amounts of data to measure overall effectiveness and shape policy interventions. The workshops aims at exploring digital initiatives set up to foster the interaction between citizens and social entrepreneurs.


Draft Agenda

9.30  Registration


10.00 – 10.20  Welcome and opening address

Loretta Anania, EC project officer, DG CONNECT
Tommy Hutchinson, Founder & CEO, i-genius
Sian Hansen, Executive Director, Legatum Institute

10.20 – 10.30  Web-COSI overview

Donatella Fazio, Web-COSI scientific co-ordinator, Istat

10.30 – 11.00  Collating and usage of wellbeing data

Nathan Gamester, Programe Director, Prosperity Index, Legatum Institute


                       INTERACTING WITH CITIZENS

11.00 – 12.30  Usage of data in initiating social businesses ‘Get Started’

Oswin Baker, Rockpool
Richinda Taylor, Eva Women’s Aid

Forster social business ventures:

Martyn Oliver, 3SC
Ann Fazakerley, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (PEEK project)

12.30 – 14.00  Lunch



14.00 – 15.30  Evaluate and measure impact

Steve Coles, Intentionality
Prof. Olinga Ta’eed, Centre for Citizenship Enterprise and Governance

Better understand and communicate the overall phenomenon of social entrepreneurship

Tommy Hutchinson, i-genius
Chris Durkin, University of Northampton

15.30 – 16.00  Conclusions and Closing remarks

Tommy Hutchinson, i-genius
Donatella Fazio, Istat

The Legatum Institute Foundation
Publishers of the Legatum Prosperity IndexTM,
Co-publishers (with Foreign Policy Magazine) of Democracy Lab: