Enlarging and deepening the ICSEM project through the EMPOWER-SE COST Action
The first scientific meeting
of the EMPOWER-SE COST Action
was held in Lisbon last February 28th and March 1st. It focused on the Working Group (WG) aiming to work on theoretical foundations of social enterprise (“Foundations”). As you can see above, we were more than 50 researchers coming from over 35 countries, which created a unique discussion around the first group of countries included in the ICSEM Project
carried out by EMES since 2013 and a new batch of countries who joined thanks to the new COST Action.
The goals of the meeting were: 1) to create synergies between WG1 of the EMPOWER-SE COST Action and the ICSEM Project
; 2) to promote international transversal and comparative analyses of social enterprise models across countries and fields; and 3) to deepen and enlarge the research perimeter to countries which were not covered so far by ICSEM.
In addition, we held the first "stakeholders talk" within the EMPOWER-SE Action with five representatives from key organizations from the Portuguese social enterprise eco-system. Lastly, the Management Committee
of EMPOWER-SE also held it second meeting during the second day.
Although the work to be carried out by the members of this WG1 will take several months, there will be some concrete outputs from this pioneering Lisbon meeting. To stay tuned on EMPOWER-SE, please sign up for the distribution list on the home page of the website www.empowerse.eu