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Work, life, social enterprise: where’s the boundary?

Digital technologies – smart phones, email, social networking, etc. – are fundamentally changing our relationship with work. As social entrepreneurs, digital technologies enable us to be always connected and allow us to work wherever and whenever we want.

However, the question remains as to how digital technologies affect our work-life balance. Is always-on connectivity a good thing because it gives us freedom to work any time and any place? Or does it cause unnecessary stress because we can never switch off?

A study investigating work-life boundaries in the digital age was carried out by the Digital Brain Switch Project, an interdisciplinary project funded by the EPSRC and involving Royal Holloway, University of London, Lancaster University, Open University and the University of Kent. Social entrepreneurs were one of the main groups taking part in the study.

‘The line between what’s work and what’s your personal commitment can be quite blurred’ (social entrepreneur)

You are invited to join other social entrepreneurs, policy makers and social enterprise support organisations for an afternoon exploring the challenges and opportunities of digital technologies for the work-life balance of social entrepreneurs including an opportunity to co-create practical solutions and on-going support.

1pm: Healthy buffet lunch and networking.
2pm: Welcome and introduction to the afternoon & a personal perspective from a serial social entrepreneur
Sinead Mac Manus, (Health Foundry, Impact Hub Brixton)
2.10pm: Mini-provocations from Gillian Symon, Professor, Royal Holloway University and invited guests.
2.40pm: Co-creation session #1
3.30pm: Coffee break
3.40pm: Co-creation session #2
4.30pm: Closing session
5pm: Close

This event is kindly funded by Royal Holloway, University of London, Balance Network and Health Foundry.