“Every business is a social enterprise, the question is, how social is it being ?” – Graham Bell
The phrase social enterprise has been worked particularly hard over the last several years when charities, social support and the third sector has suffered from devastating cuts to the support they receive.
The Social Server project aims to support community education by providing a funding stream for the charity Ragged University and offer web development to community initiatives who do not have the resources or expertise to develop their own.
The social, environmental, and economic are three key social responsibilities which sit at the core of Social Server
Where the making of profit is held in a different mental account from the human community and biosphere all manner of problems have emerged. The making and holding of profit has started to significantly displace communities as wealth accumulates in too few places.
This business has been created to both provide digital capabilities to communities which cannot afford them otherwise, and support a broad array of grassroots civic activity.
This business sees the costs involved in the making websites as responsibilities to take ownership of. Consuming energy affects everyone which is why the websites designed are all created to minimise the digital resources used as well as being based on environmentally managed servers.
At the core of the Social Server, the costs to the environment will be internalised and ways explored to reinvest in the environment making an active effort to think about the moral and biological impacts of technology use.
Rather than the long term success of the business resulting in up-scaling and gross expansion with the aim of seizing a market place, the view of a ‘mitotic business model’ is being cultivated. What this means in practice is that rather than aiming to be a growth business it aims to be a part of a Mittelstand which supports other small and medium sized enterprises where and when it can.
Monopolies and monocultures are unhealthy. Like a healthy cell divides, a healthy business will pass on training, trade and skills so that many more people can be an active part of an economy. This business model trys to put social responsibility at the heart of the practices of the Social Server ensuring learning, teaching, and trading take place in conscientious and sensible ways.