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In his foreword to Think Global, Trade Social, Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus writes, ‘Aid alone cannot be our response. Global sustainability and the nature of the economy will be shaped by entrepreneurship and the terms on which we create and do business with each other.’  ©

British Council

These think pieces explore the role that social and creative enterpreneurship might play in addressing some of the biggest challenges we face.

Surveying the Landscape of Social Innovation and Higher Education in Hong Kong

This study investigates the social innovation programmes among all of eight of Hong Kong’s publicly funded universities and concludes that they should be less about theory and more about practice if they are to have real social impact. The study is part of the BRICKS project which aims to find innovative solutions to social challenges by building collaboration between higher education institutions, NGOs, social enterprises and other organisations. (Adobe 6.64MB)

Corporations, business and social trust

At a time when nationalism is rising and support for democratic values is declining, this paper considers the role that businesses and corporations play in building and undermining social trust. It was published as part of the Future of the Corporation programme led by the British Academy. (Adobe PDF 553KB)

Think Global Trade Social

Our survey with Social Enterprise UK and the World Bank (and a foreword by Prof Muhammad Yunus), explains why trade, investment and business activity are our most powerful drivers of economic and social change and why social enterprise must play an important role if we are to reduce inequality and make progress on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, which set the world's development agenda to 2030. (Adobe PDF 6.34MB)

Social Entrepreneurship in Education: Empowering the next Generation to address society's needs

This think piece considers how social entrepreneurship could be integrated into education to help equip young people with the skills and innovative mindset to address the challenges they will face in a rapidly changing world. It draws on the views of leaders in education and social enterprise, offers examples of social enterprise education in the UK, Mexico and Greece, and aims to serve as a platform for discussion and debate. (Adobe PDF 974KB)

Global City Challenges: The creative and social economy solution

Home to over half the world's population, cities produce 80 per cent of global GDP but also face myriad complex challenges. This report looks at how the creative and social economies can offer solutions to some of these problems, spur innovation and help us overcome the challenges of tomorrow. (Adobe PDF 1.7MB)