The 3rd International Conference on Social Economy in Asia “Searching for Motives, Models and Measurment” Jeongui Hall, Yonsei University Wonju Campus July 4~6, 2014
Today, Asia is emerging as one of the regions where diverse forms of social enterprise and social economy are thriving most vigorously. Various kinds of social enterprises, cooperatives, non-profit organizations and social entrepreneurs are opening up new directions for the future of Asian societies and pioneering creative ways for social development. Alongside the development of these realities, scientific works also have developed with a view to understanding and promoting these new initiatives and concepts. Since 2008, a group of researchers on social enterprise and social economy research in the Asian region have organized various forms of exchange and cooperation, for instance, a special issue of Social Enterprise Journal coordinated by Professor Defourny and Professor Yu-Yuan Kuan. In line with the two previous international conferences that had been organized in Taipei (Taiwan) in 2010 and in Tianjin (China) in 2012, the 3rd International Conference on Social Enterprise in Asia (ICSEA) will pursue the process of building a scientific community of researchers working on social enterprise and the social economy in the Asian region. However, this third conference implements two significant innovations. First, it enlarges its geographical scope, beyond East Asian countries, to the whole Asian region, including South and West Asian and Pacific countries. This was possible thanks to joint initiative with EMES research network and ICSEM project. Secondly, by opening up to all researchers, including PhD students who want to join this dynamic, it takes an important step towards building an open and solid scientific community on social enterprise and social economy research in Asia.
The ICSEM Project was launched in July 2013 under the auspices of the EMES International Research Network, at the end of the 4th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise, which gathered 320 researchers from 40 countries at the University of Liege, Belgium. The main specific feature of the ICSEM Project is its geographic coverage: it aims to compare social enterprise models and their respective institutionalisation processes across the world. Therefore, it relies on the participation of a large number of researchers from all regions, who contribute country-specific or field-specific analysis of social enterprise models. The ICSEM Project is jointly coordinated by Jacques Defourny (CES - University of Liege) and Marthe Nyssens (CIRTES – Catholic University of Louvain). It relies on strong conceptual and theoretical backgrounds as well as on methodological tools which are described in the full presentation of the Project, available on the Project’s website: http://www.iap-socent.be/icsem-project
> Hosting Organizations Institute for Poverty Alleviation and International Development (IPAID), Yonsei University BK21PLUS Team on International Development and Social Economy, Yonsei University Gangwon Provincial Government Korea Social Enterprise Promotion Agency (KOSEA) Korea Innovation and Decentralization Academy (KIDA)