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Who are we?

1. Mission, Vision and Values

The mission of Social Business Models, as defined in its statutes, is as follows

« Promote co-creation, sharing and use of tools for the development and revision of social business models, with all actors involved, contributing to the sustainable existence of organizations with strong societal impact, social enterprises or enterprises in the social and solidarity economy - SSE. »

SBM in shortOur vision of the future is:

External: The market economy will rub shoulders with a growing number of organizations whose main purpose focuses on the societal impact and for wich capital is only a tool to the service of their missions.

Internal: Our association will be recognized as a French and English speaking platform, national and international, for the co-creation of concepts, good governance and management tools, as well as an exchange place for good practices in social business models.

The values ​​that drive us are, among others:

Collective intelligence as a source of innovation

It is encouraging group work and bringing together different points of view that we give value to our thoughts, go out of the box and allow the emergence of innovation.

Everyone's responsibility for social welfare

Like the hummingbird with its single drops of water to extinguish the fire, we know that the path to social welfare is still long and, convinced that the development of society is a collective responsibility, we do our part however modest it may be.

Cooperation and partnership: the pillars of solidarity

We favor above all cooperation, partnership and co-creation, basic tools to develop solidarity and give life to the proverb "Alone we go faster, together we go further."

Say what you do and do what we say

By following this principle, our association research and give himself the means to achieve everything it announced in its communication and leads its actions with authenticity, coherence, ethics and transparency.

Learn to last

We believe that learning throughout life, be it for a person, an organization or a company and the continuous improvement that follows, are the guarantees of a sustainabledevelopment .

To which we could add: sharing, pragmatism and efficiency.

Though firmly rooted in the work force courtesy of its volunteer members, the association has the duty to stand as an example of its mission and the tools it broadcasts, that is to say a social entrepreneurship organization , with a business model ensuring his own survival. Currently, more than 55 tools are available on the website of the association, through the work of about thirty members involved in the publication process.

2. Activity areas

Social Business Models activity domains
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Seven major areas of activity are pursued, supported by core activities. Some are already operational, while others are still at the stage of a first definition:

  • Tools co-création
  • Tools dissemination
  • Training and training of trainers[1]
  • Service providers yellow pages
  • "Red threads" and specific guides
  • Open-source models sharing
  • Alliances and partnerships

[1] The fields in italics are in an implementation phase

2.1 Tools co-création

Social business models construction tools The construction tools for social business models. This area of ​​activity is somehow the « business core » of the association, as it is to set up and manage a tools' co-creation process, so they can be promoted and made available to a wide audience.

While looking for a high level of quality, the co-creation process is intended to facilitate contributions by members or persons outside the association, with tools proposals, revisions, comments, translations and use examples, among others.

2.2 Tools dissemination

Once drafted and approved by the co-creation process, the tools must be disseminated to a wide audience of « consumers », through various channels of communication and distribution, such as social networking, workshops, conferences, webinars, attending courses at universities, etc.

This area of ​​activities has under its responsibility creating the means for the distribution to each target audience, so that the tools are known and used by as many people as possible, thus contributing to the mission of our association.

2.3 Training and training of trainers

This area of ​​activities, in development phase, aims to: a) create training modules that can help in the application ofthe disseminated tools; and b) to train consultants to the use of tools in their own consulting work, as well as other trainers.

The function of this field of activity is twofold, on the one hand promoting the effective use of the tools offeredby the association and, secondly, increasing the desired impact by multiplication effect.

2.4 Service providers yellow pages

Service providers yellow pages This area of ​​activities, less complex than the first ones, also aims to support the dissemination and best use of tools byall target audiences, allowing them to easily access service providers having already gained experience in their application and/or integration.

The aim is to allow any organization in its creation or revision process, to easily reach the support of specialists, in line with the Social Business Models tools and their overall concept.

2.5 "Red threads" and specific guides

This area of ​​activity is to develop, to umbrella organizations, donors, public organizations, schools, among others, "consistent and specific sets of tools", choosen and sequenced from those validated by the co-creation process.

The purpose of these "red threads" or guides is to allow their own target groups o present their projects more consistently, better prepared and more easily comparable.

2.6 Open-source models sharing

Open source social business models The purpose of this domain of activities is to enable any organization that has developed a social business model working well and creating positive societal impacts, to put it freely available to other organizations sharing same values ​​and intentions, so that they can take it back and adapt to the local context, plus return any model improvement to the database.

2.7 Alliances and partnerships

This area of ​​activities, the least defined of all, is an opening to any exchange, alliance and partnership with other organizations, national and international, for the implementation and participation in projects that are in line with the mission of Social Business Models.

As an example, one might raise the possibility of translation, dissemination and adaptation of the tools to the context of other countries, in the framework of exchange programs supported by the European community.

2.8 Support activities

For business areas oriented to the outside of the association can be conducted successfully, a number of support activities must be operational. Those are

  • Administrative and financial activities
  • Informatics, mainly with the management of the website
  • Public relations, media and marketing space communication
  • Looking for specific funding opportunities complementing the economic model
  • Business intelligence, to better guide the development of the association..