Over two hundred participants, more than 20 nationalities, and 60 speakers and knowledge advisors. An intense program alternating plenary sessions, keynote speeches, thematic panels and workshops. The international training event, the Social Enterprise Open Camp-Planet & People, took place on the beautiful Island of San Servolo in Venice from October 23 to 26. It gathered many of the most prominent voices of social entrepreneurship worldwide.
The Social Enterprise Open Camp, ideated and promoted by Fondazione Opes-Lcef and Consorzio Nazionale CGM, represented an opportunity for social entrepreneurs, impact investors, and corporations to meet and discuss new models of business, i.e.models that can generate both profits and give concrete answers to the needs of the planet and the people and how social finance and impact investing can foster impact enterprises tackling such titanic challenges.
Many themes were explored: from the new frontiers of regenerative agriculture to the urgency of transforming our lifestyles; from the opportunities offered by social procurement and shared values between corporations and social enterprises to real impact investing beyond “greenwashing”. We discussed ‘new ways of making fashion, strategies for the regeneration of waste, actions for enhancing the biodiversity, and new systems for production and distribution of food. Our speakers made us reflect on the need to move from resilience to generative antifragility, the urgency of change “here and now”, the logic of crossbreeding and hybridization, and the opportunities arising from the cross-fertilization from different economic models. In the workshops, six impact enterprises from various parts of the world acted as case studies/learning platforms for the participants. The groups discussed the strategies and models to face the challenges of scalability, growth, and self-sustainability.
The Social Enterprise Open Camp was a laboratory of ideas and a space for sharing. During four days, visionaries of different ages, geographical and professional backgrounds shared ideas and tried to design new economic scenarios putting the focus on the Planet and its People.
Patrizia Canova – Fondazione Opes-Lcef