Today (19 November) marks Social Enterprise Day – an annual celebration of social enterprise which takes place during Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Every year membership and lobbying body Social Enterprise UK toasts the day by using it as an opportunity to raise the profile of the impact social enterprises are having on communities in the UK and around the world through the #WhoKnew campaign.
A spokesperson said: “What started as a UK focused initiative in 2016 has now grown, with the help of partners around the world, to become a truly global campaign. Last year social enterprises from 35 countries took part, reaching an incredible 7 million people on Twitter.
“If you’ve not taken part before it’s a simple online action designed to allow social enterprises to tell their stories and highlight their impact.
“All you need to do is print off a #WhoKnew poster, write a message about your work, take a picture and then share if on social media using #WhoKnew and #SocialEnterpriseDay.
“Whatever you do, whether you’re a small-start up or a social enterprise delivering services across entire regions this campaign is for you.”
If you’re not a social enterprise there are also still ways to get involved, including sharing your favorite social enterprises or those who you buy from and adding your voice to the campaign.
Join SEUK’s Global Webinar: 12pm-1pm, 19 November
This year, as well as the #WhoKnew campaign, SEUK is running a special webinar on Social Enterprise Day, highlighting the global appeal of social enterprise ventures.
Director of International and Sustainable Development, Dan Gregory, will be joined by representatives from social enterprise bodies from around the world to discuss the contribution social enterprises are making to addressing the global challenges we face today.
Speakers taking part include Lana Lovasic, Co-founder and Director of Simanye, South Africa; Wieteke Dupain, Programme Manager at the Euclid Network, The Netherlands; and Maryam Mohiuddin Ahmed, Founder and Director of Social Innovation Lab, Pakistan.