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Jacques Dasnoy

Managing Director, Le Mouves

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background

Masters (MA) in Contemporary History and Management of Cultural Affairs (Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense University) / La Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 University)
Deputy Director of Vocatif, an agency specialized in accompanying major corporations in developing and implementing community service programs.
Managing Director of the “Mouvement des entrepreneurs sociaux” (Mouves)

ACHIEVEMENT / What is your project, initiative, start-up, company all about?

The “Mouvement des entrepreneurs sociaux” (Mouves) or Social Entrepreneurs’ Movement federates and represents 400 directors of social enterprises, i.e., entrepreneurs who believe they can have a strong positive social and/or environmental impact while being profitable. Their model lies on tying economic efficiency to general interest services, projects or programs.

Too often not well known and isolated, social entrepreneurs can be more effective and better heard as a group. The Mouves was created in consequence in 2010 to foster the growth of this alternative approach to business.

LOCATION / In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?

Throughout France.

IMPACT / What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental…of your activity, project, initiative, start-up, company?

The Mouves (Social Entrepreneurs’ Movement) provides positive input in the following areas:

→ The Mouves started, leads and adds to a national network of social entrepreneurs working in various sectors of activity: health, childcare, dependency, social finance, green growth, fair trade, etc. Networking means exchanging ideas, sharing experiences, helping each other, and making proposals for expanding social enterprises in France. Social businesses flourish as a result, creating wealth and new jobs and thus have a positive social and environmental impact.

→ The Mouves brings visibility to social businesses by exemplifying their business models and solutions, telling their success stories and showing their easily reproducible initiatives. The aim is to allow a new generation of social entrepreneurs to surface.

→ The Mouves promotes interchanges between social entrepreneurs and public authorities, mainstream businesses, the media and citizens to encourage social innovation, better respond to the social and environmental needs of everyone. It also contributes to developing the flow of business.

→ The Mouves contributes to creating an environment that boosts social entrepreneurship by asking local, national, and European public authorities to solidly commit to supplying the three basic resources allowing social businesses to change scale: more competent and enterprising men and women, more public, private and community contracts, more capital for growth, innovation and consolidation.

QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you

One who wants to do something will find a way, one who does not will find an excuse. Arabic proverb.