HES recognised for contribution to shifting to a more holistic perspective of entrepreneurship

"Integrating different entrepreneurial sectors allows us to stand together, stronger and more capable than ever before" shares Dr Ayman El-Tarabishy (Executive Director of the International Council for Small Business) in the recently published article "Humane, Sustainable, and Harmonious Entrepreneurship: Shifting…

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant” -Robert Louis Stevenson (1859-1893)

credit: seed (Photo by Joshua Lanzarini) This last week, Felicity and I have been busy promoting Harmonious Entrepreneurship “in the flesh” so to speak. First, we spoke twice at the 15th annual Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK) conference hosted by Aston University (ieec.co.uk).…

HES MOOC – Principles of Harmonious Entrepreneurship launched

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn"- Benjamin Fanklin 1706-1790 We are excited to share with you all, our dedicated HES supporters, that the first iteration of our foundation level online course…

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world” (Margaret Mead)

Antur Cymru (Welsh Adventure) is a social enterprise providing support for businesses in Wales. Owned by shareholders in the community who do not profit individually from their investment, they have agreed surpluses should be reinvested in the company. It was…

One fortnight in the life of the HES team

The HES has been extra busy these couple of weeks getting key messages out to new and established networks, so I thought I'd share a snapshot. Today, Professor David Kirby, myself, and Paul Ranson, our very skilled HES advisor teamed…

“Waste not want not” (1772, idiom) or “wilful waste makes woeful want” (1576, idom)

For two student entrepreneurs, Josh Shefner and Claire Friona, long-established idioms are a living reality. Both are students of Engineering at Milwaukee School of Engineering, and both are passionate about poverty elimination and the eradication of waste. They are also…

The “Gameen” Bank of Wales

Outside of Wales few people know of Karen Davies but in South Wales, she does what Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and the Gameen Bank do in Bangladesh. Through her not-for-profit microfinance social enterprise, “Purple Shoots”, which she established in…

Entrepreneurship Education in Schools: The Celtic Fringe leads the way

Whilst interest in entrepreneurship education has increased over the decades, fuelled by committed advocates such as the European Commission, its implementation remains sporadic, even across countries that have developed relatively comprehensive entrepreneurship programmes. Although it is widely recognised that entrepreneurship…

“Oh Food! Magical food! Wonderful Food! Marvellous Food! Beautiful Food!”

Despite Lionel Bart’s “Oliver” eulogy of food, it is a problem. We need it to live, yet both an excess and a shortage can kill us. Some 850 million people, globally, are believed to be undernourished and each day an…

EntreCompEdu & International Council for Small Business Webinar Videos

A key part of our work at the Harmonious Entrepreneurship Society is getting 'our' message out throughout our international networks. So, hot off the press, to catch up with our work: Felicity's 'Creating Value through the SDGs' video for the…

Creating value through the SDGs

At the Harmonious Entrepreneurship Society, we recognise the powerful value creation opportunities of the UNs Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), committed to facilitating their achievement. This week I had the good fortune to lead an educator-centric multi-country webinar tying together the…

Sanergy and the Power of Systems Thinking

Currently, some 2.5 billion people globally do not have access to basic sanitation, and some 1 billion defecate outdoors, exposing themselves, their families and their neighbours to faecal bacteria. As a result, half of the hospital beds in developing countries…

Harmonious Entrepreneurship and the Terra Carta: a charter for Nature, People and Planet

Professor David A Kirby and Mrs Felicity Healey-BensonCo-founders The Harmonious Entrepreneurship Society Launched on 11th January, 2021 by HRH The Prince of Wales at the “One Planet” Summit in Paris, the seventeen page Terra Carta is a seminal document that…

Solving one global problem but creating others: the need for Harmonious Entrepreneurship

The world population is growing at around 83 million people a year or 1.1 per cent. Apart from needing space to accommodate such a population increase, there is another major problem facing the planet. The topsoil responsible for supplying 95%…

Father Christmas/Santa Claus, the Harmonious Entrepreneur

HES Christmas Message (c) HES2020 by Vanessa Randel His factory in Lapland does not pollute the atmosphere. He has a happy workforce that always delivers on time. His enterprise is customer-focused and aims to meet and exceed expectations. He is…

Systems thinking and the sustainability agenda

It isn't easy to pin down a succinct definition of system thinking. Coined by Barry Richmond in 1987, and rooted in Ludwig Von Bertalanffy’s General Systems Theory and cybernetics, it has evolved over the decades and through many schools of…

Harmonious Entrepreneurship and the Tourism Industry

Globally tourism accounts for 10.3 per cent of GDP and some 330 million jobs. Thus, it contributes significantly to income generation and job creation and is set to grow further. Traditionally, however, it has not been eco-friendly. Apart from the…

Dr Laila Iskander and the Zabbaleen

Dr Laila Iskander Dr Laila is a former Egyptian Minister of the Environment and founder of CID (Community and International Development) Group, a consulting firm that “strives to create holistic growth solutions by bridging corporate and development objectives”. In 1994 she…

Saltaire, a 19th century manifestation of Harmonious Entrepreneurship?

Saltaire The concept of harmonious entrepreneurship is perhaps not entirely new. Possibly one of the earliest proponents of it is the industrial entrepreneur Sir Titus Salt (1803-1876) who, in 1851, built Saltaire, now a UNESCO World Heritage site in the…

Might Harmonious Entrepreneurship be of interest to China?

In 1995, at a time when China was opening up to Free Enterprise, my colleague, Dr Fan Ying, and I wrote a paper entitled "Chinese Cultural Values and Entrepreneurship" (Kirby and Fan, 1995). We even won a "Best Paper" award…