1. Trans-generational social evolution (2016)
We executed this project at the request of the CSC Education Foundation, a non-profit organization. Different generations bring out different aspects of knowledge and of solving (social) problems. The young employ creativity to change the world for the better. Their elders emphasize determination, experience, and sound judgment. The trans-generational social evolution project aims to bring the strengths of the two generations together by organizing knowledge transfer from retired CSC employees to their younger successors. In this way, industrial experience and management wisdom can inform the new ideas of the younger employees and better solutions to social issues can be worked out. Our Center has helped make this transfer of knowledge and experience a rolling system that inspires a steady evolution in the social improvement that the Foundation aims to bring about.
2. Construction of professional ability in social enterprise (2016)
In recent years, Taiwanese entrepreneurs have increasingly included social missions in the businesses they found and conduct. Young entrepreneurs display a true thirst for knowledge on how to combine their profit-oriented businesses with effective improvements of social issues in Taiwan. To help them on their way in this laudable goal, we have set up a plan on how to construct professional ability in social enterprise. We invite international specialists in the field of social enterprise to come to Taiwan and give lectures and consultations. These lectures offer new generations of entrepreneurs the wherewithal to become truly social entrepreneurs. They learn to plan their businesses, are assisted in setting them up, and acquire the knowledge and skills to add this social dimension to their entrepreneurship.
3. Phasing-in long-term care services for the elderly in social enterprises (2016)
This research project aimed to improve care for the elderly in Kaohsiung, and differentiates between the needs of elderly people living in the city and those living in the countryside. It is a “long-term care of the 10-year plan 2.0: Community Care ABC Model.” Long-term care needs to be sustainable, high quality, affordable, and widely-available. These requirements, in combination, are difficult to meet. Our project centered on the development of a standardized and modularized system that social enterprises could phase in. With different business models for urban and rural areas, tailored to the various needs of local residents, the models developed in the project can be rapidly applied to all thirty-eight districts of Kaohsiung.
4. Social responsibility and environmental sustainability of local enterprises (2016)
This project promotes environmental sustainability as an important element of the social responsibility of local enterprises. It is based on thorough analysis of developments, both domestically and internationally, in the thinking about sustainability as a desirable corporate aim. The project also takes into account characteristics of local enterprises in Kaohsiung, including existing resources allocation (such as the upstream to downstream resources in supply chains, enterprise volunteers, etc.) as well as social and local relations. On the basis of these realities, we guided enterprises in introducing practical social responsibility efforts. This led to noticeable effects: enterprises began to invest in community construction and helped resolve key issues at the local level. Overall, this greatly benefited local communities.
5. Promotion for social enterprises projects in Yunlin-Chiayi-Southern Taiwan area (2017)
Although social enterprise projects have been ongoing for many years in the southern half of Taiwan—the Yunlin-Chiayi-Southern Taiwan corridor—they have not yet really taken root in comparison with Taiwan’s northern half. Southern industries such as construction, farming, and fishery have seen worthwhile social enterprise initiatives, but the lack of a unified supporting system makes it difficult to synchronize operational phases in different locations. This makes it difficult for social enterprises in different fields to obtain the resources they need and hampers their overall development. The goal of our project was to combine professional academic knowledge with practical experience to assist and guide social enterprises. We came up with the Social Enterprise 360 project, designed step-by-step strategies for the project, and estimated the budgets. Our social enterprises partners in the field would periodically examine our progress, analyze the gap between plans and reality, adjust the strategies, and build up the social enterprise eco-system in the Southern Taiwan area.