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The Joint Reseaach Centre has launched its Insights series with a report on how social enterprises are implementing 'ICT-enabled social innovation' (IESI) to contribute to social investment.
It finds that social enterprises (EC definition) are the most innovative part of the social economy, and that active inclusion is the top priority for 80% of them. Over 60% use social networking to connect with their communities, while public sector initiatives use these less. This empowers beneficiaries, helps communicaation between carers and beneficiaries, and allows personalisation aand peer support.
Social enterprises are filling a gap in education provision by training young people simultaneously in ICT and social entrepreneurship skills.
The report gives a number of examples.