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Social Enterprise: How to Build a Better Future, with Ani Kartikasari

10/03/2021 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

We know we need to deal with the massive social and environmental problems we face: accelerating climate change, a degrading environment, decreasing resources, an increase in grossly unequal distribution of wealth – the list goes on. How can we reach the Sustainable Development Goals identified by the UN? Clearly the dominant economic model isn’t working. But how can we build something better?

Social enterprise (SE) provides an answer. What is Social Enterprise? This is a model for balancing social aims traditionally pursued by charities with the creation of profit, and it is becoming increasingly successful and popular around the world.

Ani will outline the problems with the current economic model and describe the nature of social enterprise, with local examples to illustrate how SE works. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.


For examples of New Zealand social enterprise:

The UN Sustainable Development Goals are: (1) no poverty, (2) zero hunger, (3) good health and well-being, (4) quality education, (5) gender equality, (6) clean water and sanitation, (7) affordable and clean energy, (8) decent work and economic growth, (9) industry, innovation and infrastructure, (10) reducing inequality, (11) sustainable cities and communities, (12) responsible consumption and production, (13) climate action, (14) life below water, (15) life on land, (16) peace, justice and strong institutions, (17) partnerships for the goals.

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The presenter

Dr Ani Kartikasari has a background in forest resource management, including a PhD in environmental management with a specific focus on human interactions with nature. She is currently director of the Yunus Centre for Social Business at Lincoln University where she teaches courses in international rural development and agroforestry. Integral to these courses are the sustainability principles within the whole value chain system, and inclusive business models that must be economically feasible, environmentally workable, and socially acceptable locally and globally. She is researching social entrepreneurship in relation to eco-tourism, green-consumer behaviour, value-adding activities, and poverty alleviation projects.

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7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Quaker Centre
217 Ferry Rd
Christchurch, New Zealand
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