The Social Enterprise Open Camp – Planet&People was configured as a space to think about how to cope with climate crises, protect the planet and promote entrepreneurship at the same time, produce economic profit, and seek sustainable answers to the urgencies and needs that have emerged in the changed scenarios.
The training event took place from 23 to 26 October 2021 at San Servolo, Venice, a small island in the Venetian lagoon and therefore a significant place where discuss Planet & People issues.
San Servolo is a symbolic place of inclusion. It has been the seat of a mental hospital for many years. After the closure of the psychiatric facilities, now it houses the museum of madness, commissioned by the Basaglia Foundation. It is therefore an island transformed from a place of confinement into a space of inclusion.
The Social Enterprise Open Camp – Planet&People brought together more than 240 participants from around the world, 90 of whom attended the Social Enterprise Open Camp thanks to the support and contribution of Innovazione per lo Sviluppo and Fondazione CRT which were partners in the initiative and provided a total of 90 scholarships.
The Planet & People concept
The Social Enterprise Open Camp – Planet&People explored the role and potential of social and impact enterprises in protecting the planet, preserving and managing resources, adopting sustainable lifestyles and consumption patterns, coping with and enduring unexpected crises and emergencies – such as Covid-19 – by implementing forms of resilience, regeneration and new business strategies to mitigate entrepreneurial risk.
Climate change and COVID-19: two protagonists of our sick Planet which are making poor countries even poorer, they are increasing global inequality and enlarging the phenomenon of migrants as well as producing new worrying poverty.
What actions should take the companies that want to propose models for large-scale impact sustainability and inclusiveness? How to counteract depletion of natural resources? What actions to achieve environmental and social sustainability? What interventions to promote sustainable economic models? How to activate new forms of effective green and circular economy? How to promote diversity and inclusion, dignity and respect? And then again, how can we rethink about economic models in the light of the new global health emergency?
The Social Enterprise Open Camp – Planet & Planet tried to answer such complex questions and issues during the four-day training by investigating the relationship between new business models and concrete answers to the needs of Planet and people.
The Seoc was an opportunity to reflect also on the role that finance and impact investing can play in favouring impact enterprises which often have to face great challenges.
The purpose of the Social Enterprise Open Camp was precisely to field different experts – speakers, workshop leaders, knowledge advisors – to accompany social enterprises, which often lack corporate culture and expertise, on their path of growth and implementation of skills.