Claire Dove

Eleanor Rathbone Social Justice Public Lecture

5:00pm - 7:00pm / Wednesday 8th February 2023
Type: Seminar / Category: Department
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Do we need a New Economic Paradigm Shift and how can this be achieved?

Speaker: Claire Dove

Economies across the globe are in trouble and the very communities that have been struggling most for years are in crisis. The Government has heralded ‘levelling up’ as a means of boosting jobs, productivity, pay and living standards, principally by growing the private sector, creating opportunities and improving skills and public services. But will this succeed?

At the UN climate change conference in 2021 (COP 26) one of the speakers defined ‘levelling up’ as meaning that we actually need a ‘new economic paradigm shift’ that emphasises social and environmental value rather than simply privileging the more conventional standards of profit and GDP.

So, what might such an economic shift look like?

Diversifying supply chains through Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations (VCSEs) is an important way to support communities that have been ‘left behind’. The lecture will explore the idea of ‘social value’ and the means by which the ‘Social Enterprise Movement’ can bring about change, promote social justice and best support our communities.

Claire Dove previously led the Blackburne House Group in Liverpool, an award-winning social business renowned for providing educational and training opportunities for women. Currently she is the Crown Representative for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector, acting as an intermediary between government and the voluntary sector to champion the Social Value Act and improve commissioning practices. She is a passionate champion of the social enterprise movement and she served two terms as chair of Social Enterprise UK. Claire’s pioneering work over many years has been duly recognised and she has received many awards including an MBE, OBE, CBE and the Queen’s Lifetime Achievement Award for enterprise promotion.

This event will take place in the Events Space, School of Law and Social Justice Building.

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