Memorial lecture champions social enterprise in Scotland

02 September 2016

Memorial lecture champions social enterprise in Scotland

John Pearce

A lecture in memory of a founding figure in social enterprise will be held at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) next month.

Pauline Graham, Chief Executive Officer of Social Firms Scotland, will reflect on Scotland’s burgeoning social enterprise sector and the emergence of a ‘Scottish model’ at the John Pearce Memorial Lecture on Monday, October 3.

A GCU BA (Hons) Communications graduate, Pauline previously worked for the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, attracting more than £5 million in EU funding to support social economy developments in Scotland.

In her lecture, Pauline will explore how the 5,000 strong social enterprise sector in Scotland grew through community action and entrepreneurship, and consider the key challenges facing the sector as a new 10-year strategy is about to launch.

John Pearce played a pivotal role in Scotland’s community business movement, the precursor to social enterprise, penning the seminal 2003 book ‘Social Enterprise in Anytown’.

Before his death in 2011, he donated his collection of papers to the GCU archives, which have now been developed into the Social Enterprise Collection (Scotland). As well as ensuring this collection is an accessible resource, the archive team has recorded a series of interviews capturing the memories of Scots involved in the early social enterprise movement.

Professor Pamela Gillies, GCU Principal and Vice-Chancellor CBE FRSE will welcome guests to the event, organised by the University’s Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health.

Professor Cam Donaldson, Director of the Yunus Centre, said: “John Pearce dedicated his career to developing Scotland’s community business movement, which remains a hugely significant sector to Scotland. His contribution to Glasgow Caledonian University, through the Social Enterprise Collection (Scotland) is a resource of great value to researchers and members of the public alike. We are delighted to welcome Pauline Graham and look forward to hearing about her personal and professional experiences championing the work of social enterprise.”

Register in advance for the free 2016 John Pearce Memorial Lecture which takes place on Monday, October 3 from 5pm in the Deeprose Lecture Theatre, Govan Mbeki Building. Refreshments will be available following the closing remarks.