International Forum | Liege

The social and economic crisis highlights the limits of our economic system. It calls for a global transition towards a model in which maximum short-term profit is no longer the sole benchmark. Social economy actors, at their level, are already at work to implement this transformation, and they sketch the key lines of a more sustainable economy.

The main challenge of this transition is to move from a slogan and local experiments to more systemic, realistic and rigorous proposals, based on relevant tools. Together with its partners, the Centre for Social Economy works on tomorrow´s economy; the latter´s projects underway are many. During the first week of July, the 4th EMES Research Conference will bring together more than 300 international researchers and will make Liege the world´s capital city of research on social enterprise. Prior to this large conference, the Centre for Social Economy will host, on July 1, within HEC Management School of the University of Liege, city centre, an International Forum on the theme « If not for profit, for what? And how? ». This Forum will allow scholars and practitioners to come together to share their answers to the challenges of transition. What are the legal forms that the new enterprises can adopt, and what will these forms be in the future? What are the innovating financial resources that these enterprises can tap into? How can philanthropy support these initiatives? How can public policies promote social enterprises? How can the training of students be redesigned with a view to preparing the transition? You are hereby invited to discuss these issues, and many more, with researchers from all over the world.

La crise économique et sociale révèle les limites de notre système économique. Elle appelle à une transition globale vers un modèle dont le profit maximum et à court terme ne constituera plus l´unique paramètre de référence. A leur niveau, les acteurs de l´économie sociale travaillent déjà à mettre en æuvre cette mutation et esquissent les contours d´une économie plus durable. Le principal défi de cette transition est de passer du slogan et des expérimentations locales à des propositions plus systémiques, réalistes et rigoureuses, appuyées sur des outils pertinents.
Avec ses partenaires, le Centre d´Economie Sociale travaille sur l´économie de demain et ses chantiers sont multiples. La 4ème conférence scientifique du Réseau EMES rassemblera plus de 300 chercheurs internationaux et fera de Liège la capitale mondiale de la recherche sur l´entreprise sociale durant la première semaine de juillet. En prélude à cette grande conférence, le Centre d´Economie Sociale accueillera le 1er juillet à HEC-ULg un Forum international sur le thème « If not for profit, for what? And how? ».
Ce Forum réunira experts et acteurs de terrain pour leur permettre de confronter et de partager leurs réponses aux défis de la transition. Quels sont et seront les cadres législatifs dans lesquels peuvent s´inscrire ces nouvelles entreprises? Sur quelles ressources financières novatrices peuvent-elles s´appuyer? Comment la philanthropie peut-elle soutenir ces initiatives? Comment les politiques publiques peuvent-elles promouvoir les entreprises sociales? Comment repenser la formation des étudiants pour préparer la transition? C´est autour de ces questions, et de bien d´autres encore, que nous vous invitons à échanger avec des chercheurs du monde entier.

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09:00 | If not for profit, for what? And how? From research to practice, and back


3rd EMES forum on education and training in social enterprise/social entrepreneurship (FETSE)

Chair: Sybille Mertens, HEC-University of Liege (Belgium)
  • > An overview of educational initiatives
    • Specialized Master´s programs: Lars Hulgård, Head of Master Program in Social Entrepreneurship and Management, University of Roskilde, Denmark
    • Transversal programs across disciplines: Anita Nowak, Integrating Director, The Social Economy Initiative, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
    • Executive training programs for social entrepreneurs: Marie Lisa Dacanay, President, Institute for Social Entrepreneurship in Asia, Philippines
  • > Collaboration opportunities: 1) Exchanges of students; 2) Staff mobility; and 3) Joint degrees (discussion groups)
  • > Closing: Moving forward with FETSE


Forum of the EMES PhD student network

Chair: Michael Roy, PhD Candidate, Glasgow Caledonian University (UK)
  • > Introduction round
  • > "Why a PhD in the area of social enterprise is not a waste of time (honestly)" by Benjamin Huybrechts, HEC-University of Liege
  • > "What are the three key papers that ALL PhD students in the SE field need to know inside out? " (discussion groups)
  • > "Why are PhDs so important for EMES? The future is right here?" by Rocío Nogales, EMES Managing Director
  • > Moving forward with the EMES PhD Student Network
  • > Closing and wrap up
10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 | From research to practice, and back (2)


Forum on legal frameworks for social enterprises: from a comparative perspective

Chair: Denis Stokkink, European Think-tank "Pour la Solidarité" (Belgium)
  • > "Legal frameworks for social enterprise in the European Union" by Antonio Fici, University of Molise, Italy
  • > "Legal forms for social enterprises in the United States: an overview and critique" by Dana Brakman Reiser, Brooklyn Law School, USA
Discussion with Jongick Jang, Hanshin University, South Korea, and representatives of policy makers at national and EU level


Forum on social enterprise and renewable energy: panel around the REScoop 20-20-20 Project

Chair: Roger Spear, Open University (UK)
  • > Presentation of the REScoop 20-20-20 project by Daan Creupelandt (Ecopower), Benjamin Huybrechts (HEC-University of Liege) and Julie Rijpens (EMES Network)
  • > Panel discussion with:
    • J.-J. McMurtry, York University, Canada
    • Pierre Stassart, University of Liege, Belgium
    • Klaus Niederlander, Cooperatives Europe
    • Dirk Vansintjan, REScoop 20-20-20 & Ecopower
12:45 Lunch

14:00 | Forum: from research to practice, and back (3)


Baillet Latour forum on social investment and philanthropy

Chair: Sybille Mertens, HEC-University of Liege, Belgium
  • > Theo Schuyt, Department of Philanthropic Studies, University Amsterdam - The Netherlands
  • > Marta Rey García, Chair of Social Responsibility, Universidade da Coruña, Spain
  • > Anne-Claire Pache, Chair in Philanthropy, ESSEC, France
  • > Lisa Hehenberger, Research Director, European Venture Philanthropy Association
Discussion with Yu-Yuan Kuan (National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan), Anita Nowak (McGill University, Canada) and Pierre Echard (Innova Terra, Belgium)


Forum on the interuniversity attraction pole on social enterprise (IAP-SOCENT), 2012-2017

  • > The IAP-SOCENT research program
    • Goals and structure of the whole program, by the Centre for Social Economy (HEC-ULg)
    • Presentation of the thematic lines, by Marc Jegers (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium), Marek Hudon (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium) and Marthe Nyssens (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
    • Discussion on international collaborations, with Avner Ben-Ner (University of Minnesota, USA), Kai Hockerts (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark) and Carlo Borzaga (EURICSE, University of Trento, Italy)
  • > The ICSEM Project: mapping social enterprise models Worldwide
    • General presentation, by Jacques Defourny (HEC-ULg, Belgium) and Marthe Nyssens (UCL, Belgium)
    • Discussion on existing mapping efforts around the world, with Janelle Kerlin (Georgia State University, USA), Fergus Lyon (Middlesex University,UK) and Giulia Galera (Euricse, Italy)


Forum on welfare innovation in local communities in European cities: main results of the WILCO Project

Chair: Taco Brandsen, Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands)
  • > Presentations by WILCO Project´s participants:
    • Danielle Gluns, University of Münster, Germany
    • Anna Domaradzka, University of Warsaw, Poland
Discussion with Lars Hulgård, EMES president and University of Roskilde
16:00 End of the Forum

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