I might have been persuaded otherwise, but for an article today in the Guardian social enterprise hub, on the subject of international social enterprise, replete with comments about the usual suspects, conferences and visits overseas.
Those who joined the groups I created for Social Enterprise on Facebook and Social Business on Linkedin will know that P-CED has been engaged internationally since 1999 . It began with a paper which was delivered to the White House in 1996. When our founder died overseas last year neither I nor the family could afford to attend the funeral or bring the body home.
In contrast, Social Enterprise UK has the means to fund a mission to the White House, as I learned from this article.
It was in 2006, that we joined and introduced our international work to what was then the Social Enterprise Coalition headed by Jonathan Bland. We were told that our work was outside their current focus, but they kept our subscription anyway. No wonder we can’t afford to send a body home to America.
SE UK’s business director might have said many things about our work in Eastern Europe, but instead drew attention online to a smear campaign targeting our activism on childcare reform to remark that there were some serious criticism about P-CED on the internet.
There was a notable absence of comment from those in social enterprise ‘support’, on the announcement of Terry Hallman’s death.
Regardless 0f the apparent self-serving nature of social enterprise support, this is eclipsed by what happened to the proposal for a social enterprise centre, as described to the SEC in 2006.
It was to be located at Kharkiv National University where our connections with the Maidan civic action group and Kharkiv Human Rights Protection group sat alongside a national and international education hub.
Four years later, in 2010 a social enterprise centre was established in the heart of Ukraine’s industrial and organised crime centre of Donetsk, the location for the report on ‘Death Camps, For Children’ in the village of Torez.
Could this by any chance have something to do with the British Council, who sponsor the Guardian Hub on international social enterprise and launched the social enterprise centre in Donetsk?
Another illustration of this partiality in journalism may be found in the BBC documentary which was broadcast 6 years after the matter had been brought to the attention of Yuri Pavlenko Ukraine’s Minster for Family, Youth and Sports
Kate Blewett asks – Why is Tatiana fighting this issue alone, where the attention of NGOs and Ministers and the rest of the country is.