John Pearce Memorial Lecture

john-pearce-bannerThe Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) would like to invite you to the 2016 John Pearce Memorial Lecture and an update on the Social Enterprise Collection (Scotland). The lecture will consider perspectives on the social enterprise community in Scotland which has been built on the roots of community action and an inherent enthusiasm for entrepreneurship. It will also reflect on the development of social enterprise in Europe and how the ‘Scottish Model’ fits into the more international aspects of social enterprise. The lecture will also speculate on key challenges for social enterprise in Scotland and the need to frame the forthcoming 10 year Social Enterprise Strategy within a wider policy context.

This is a free event but please can you RSVP to ensure your place.

John Pearce (1942 – 2011)john-pearce-2-crop
John Pearce, who died from cancer aged just 69, was a major and influential force in community development and in particular was a pioneer in community enterprise – the precursor to social enterprise. For nearly fifty years, John‘s ideas, inspiration and talent for clear thinking were a driving force behind people-centred development and especially around the principles and practice of collective and community enterprise. He wrote extensively throughout his working life with an insight well-illustrated in his seminal work: Social Enterprise in Anytown (2003). He was a thinker who managed to turn theories into practice and directly helped the development of communities in Scotland, the UK and wider afield.


pauline-graham-2Pauline Graham, CEO, Social Firms Scotland (SFS)
The lecturer this year will be Pauline Graham from Social Firms Scotland. Before joining SFS in 2008, Pauline worked at SCVO and managed the Social Economy Scotland Partnership that attracted over £5m in EU funding to support social economy developments in Scotland. Pauline has represented Scotland at European Commission level and has continued to participate in EU Social Entrepreneurship Networks. As well as being a founding director of Ready for Business Procurement LLP, Pauline represents social enterprise on a range of government and Third Sector fora. She has co-authored several publications and is a graduate from Glasgow Caledonian University with a BA (Hons) in Communications. Pauline is aware of the work of John Pearce and met him on numerous occasions.


5.00pm: Reception and registration

5.30pm: Welcome: Pamela Gillies, Vice-Chancellor, Glasgow Caledonian University

             Introduction about the Memorial Lecture: Cam Donaldson, Yunus Chair in Social Business and Health, GCU

             Introduction and update on the Social Enterprise Collection (Scotland): Carole McCallum, Archivist, GCU

6.00pm John Pearce Memorial Lecture: Community and Social Enterprise in a Scotland within Europe – a personal and professional journey                    Pauline Graham, CEO, Social Firms Scotland

6.45pm Questions, interventions, representations, etc

7.00pm Closing remarks and finish: Pamela Gillies

7.15pm Refreshments: food and drink in the reception area

Registration: Click here to register for our event

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to the Deep Rose Lecture Theatre
Deeprose Lecture Theatre, Govan Mbeki Building,
Glasgow Caledonian University Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BA.

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