Social Value Workshop

May 22, 2014
BU Photonics Center, Room 901

The Social Value Workshop will be held May 22, 2014, at Boston University, hosted by the Department of Sociology. This workshop is a gathering of faculty, graduate students, and scholars who examine “social value.” Actors who pursue social value are located across a multitude of societal spheres and include nonprofits (e.g. museums, schools, and human service agencies), hybrid entities (e.g. social enterprises and B corps), and socially responsible companies (corporations with socially beneficial production processes and/or products). While much attention has been given to the rise of these private, non-governmental social missions organizations, social scientists have yet to advance a systematic account of social value as a distinct order of worth. While a long-standing debate exists as to the meaning of the public or collective good, we know much less about how those actual organizations, groups, and individuals involved in this project actually “do good” – how they understand the pursuit of social value. The event provides an opportunity to share and receive constructive feedback on both completed research and works in progress.

Room 901, Photonics Building, Boston University, 8 St. Mary’s Street, Boston, MA 02215

The workshop is open to visitors. If you are interested in attending, please email Emily Barman at by Friday, May 16th.

9:00 – 9:30    Registration

9:30 – 9:45    Welcome and Introduction

9:45 – 11:30   Session I.  Accounting for Social Value

Michael McQuarrie (London School of Economics), “A Space for Social Values: Position and Possibility in a Population of Community-Based Organizations”

Christof Brandtner (Stanford University) and Patricia Bromley (University of Utah), “Social Profit: The Transformation of Economic Value in U.S. Corporations, 1960-2010”

Israr Qureshi (Hong Kong Polytechnic University) and Suhaib Riaz (University of Massachusetts Boston), “Contestations Over Social Value: The Case of Community Radio in India”

11:30 – 12:45  Break for Lunch

12:45 – 2:30  Session II.  Constructing Social Value

Alison Gerber (Yale University), “Making Cents and Nonsense of Art”

Katherine Chen (The City College of New York, CUNY), ““Why Must We Keep Coming Back?’  Political Engagement Among Organizations Promoting Alternative Social Values”

Monika Krause (Goldsmiths, University of London), “Triaging Social Value: Some Notes on Human Rights NGOs”

2:30-2:45        Break

2:45-4:30        Session III: Analyzing Hybrid Forms 

Debbie Becher (Barnard College, Columbia University), Private Property’s Social Values: Pro-Development and Anti-Speculation Mandates in Real Property Law and Practice”

Paul-Brian McInerney (University of Illinois at Chicago), “Social Enterprise, Valuation, and the Paradox of Moral Markets”

Kate Cooney (Yale University), “Creating the Institutional Scaffolding for a New Kind of Corporation: What do the Early Adopters of B-Corps Designation Suggest about the Social Certification Movement?”

4:30 – 5:00     Concluding Discussion

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