SEF 2013

  • In 2013,  Social Entrepreneurship Forum Riga was held on November 7-8 under the theme “Social Entrepreneurship for Liveable Cities”. The Forum’s goal was to feature and inspire the contribution of social enterprises in solving urban problems and fostering creativity, innovation and a better quality of life in the urban environment and to encourage engagement of social enterprises with decision-makers, especially at the municipal level.

    Three main themes were covered:

    • Arts and culture as a tool to build communities and social capital
    • The role of social enterprises in creating better infrastructure in cities (lighting, food-chains, environment, city development)
    • Social enterprises as key drivers for addressing social issues

    Cities are growing at a tremendous pace, and in Europe over 70% of the population live in urban areas (in Latvia 68%, Estonia 69.5%, Lithuania 67%). Thus, cities are both the places that cause social, economic and environmental problems, but also hold significant resources to address them.

    How to foster creativity, innovation, and collaboration in urban areas and nurture social entrepreneurship? What are the best practices in the Baltic and Nordic countries? How can decision-makers and city councils engage with society in solving societal problems? Which are the most pressing societal problems in urban areas in the Baltic and Nordic countries that social entrepreneurship and social innovation hold the potential to solve? The two-day Social Entrepreneurship Forum in Riga will address the big picture and latest developments in the field of social entrepreneurship and feature inspiring cases and the potential of social enterprises in the urban environment.