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Dinner - 5pm to 11pm
Can you make money, cure social problems
and respect the planet all at the same time?
Several busy bees think you can, and are
running workshops on social entrepreneurship
under the brand name Hive on October 13
and 14. Hive seeks to "pollinate ethical busi-
ness." It launched last year, and this year has
helped connect small start-up businesses in
art, environment, food, education and adver-
tising. Its mission is to bring together social
entrepreneurs to develop sustainable busi-
nesses. It now has its own online magazine,
Hive, to be updated monthly and published
quarterly on paper. The first print issue of
Hive launched this month.
So what, exactly, is a social entrepreneur?
It s someone who "bridges the gap between
the efficiency of the corporate sector and the
intentions of the non-profit sector," says the
Hive magazine, created by SallyAnn Dalla
Costa and Melvina Hazard.
Social entrepreneurs are individuals who
find out what s not working, and seek out
new, better ways of doing it, without waiting
on government handouts. They are often small
business owners who want to make more than
just a dollar, they want to help people, "create
social value" and improve the world.
"While a business entrepreneur might create
entirely new industries, a social entrepreneur
develops innovative solutions to social problems
and then implements them on a large scale,"
explains Ashoka, one of the largest networks
of social entrepreneurs worldwide which has
provided start-up funding and professional
support services in more than 70 countries.
Ashoka was set up in 1980 by Bill Drayton.
Hive is a small, T&T version of this, and
is linked to Dalla Costa s firm The Sustainability
Platform, which she runs from her current
home base in Dubai. She is in T&T now to
help raise the buzz about Hive activities. Dalla
Costa s Sustainability Platform will be giving
workshops on social impact measurement
next week, alongside other presentations.
The first Hive magazine issue
includes stories on:
• Christine Souffrant: She is an award-
winning Haitian-American small business
owner. She began by selling Haitian street art
in Manhattam, NY flea markets. She then
opened a boutique shop (supporting her entire
family, and the families of eight other street
vendors). After the 2010 earthquake, she
rebooted her idea to an online sales platform
whose goal is to support the vendors and help
them rise above poverty with mentorship,
financial training and a global consumer base
Racked: Local fashion and crafts event
(next on is on Nov 9). Founders include Emma
Hiscock and Ain Earle.
• Marielle Barrow: She helps organise art-
based workshops, performances and discus-
sions, and publishes Caribbean In Transit
• Jeunanne Alkins: She is creative director
of Everything Slight Pepper, which makes
locally inspired designs for children s clothes.
She s also creating a book set and an animation
series for young children.
• Financing: How to use partnerships, phil-
anthropic groups and social cause competitions
to fund your idea.
• The AgroCentral App: Conceived by
young Jamaican entrepreneurs Jermaine Henry,
Janice McLeod and Adrian Thompson. The
app digitally connects farmers and co-ops
selling produce with buyers such as restaurants.
According to Patti-Anne Ali s story in Hive
magazine, users can "find the locations of
farmers, buyers, prevailing crop prices and
data on diseases and weather conditions---all
available in one place, in real time."
• Warren Cassell Jr: Talks about impact
investing by the private sector.
• For a taste on the kind of people getting
involved in Hive, see their magazine or check
out their Facebook page: https://www.face-
Hive seeks to pollinate ethical business
Sally Dalla Costa, founder of Growing
Leaders, the organisation behind Hive
magazine which is hosting the social
entrepreneurship seminars on Monday and
Tuesday. PHOTO: GROWING LEADERS
VENUE: Lok Jak Business School.
10 am: Talk by Denise Demming on charity,
social justice, systems change and social
11 am: Talk by 15-year-old whiz kid Warren
Cassel Jr from Montserrat on what investors
look for in a start-up.
6 pm: Discussion on incubating T&T's next
generation of business leaders, panel includes
the Branson Cete, IDBIS, Start-Up Weekend,
YBTT, Lok Jak Biz Booster, Christinee
Souffrant and Anthony Hadeed.
VENUE: John D UTT campus.
9 am: Replace your business plan with a
start-up canvas, by Marielle Barrow of
Caribbean in Transit (USA).
1 pm: Coding for dummies with robots by
Daniel Ringis (T&T).
2 pm: Global case studies in designing for
good by Tena Pick (Dubai).
7 - 9 pm: At Napa theatre: UTT animation
students feature their one-minute protest
animation in the closing ceremony.
Contact: socialenterprisehive.com or call
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