Resonance: A meta-normative criterion for social entrepreneurship

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Research seminar given at IMD Business School, Lausanne, as part of the 20th Annual Conference on Social Entrepreneurship.

Abstract: Social entrepreneurship is assumed to be distinguished from traditional entrepreneurship by the relative importance it places on actively doing good for society. This raises the important yet still insufficiently explored question: if social entrepreneurship is supposed to ‘do good’ for society, then what should be the evaluative yardstick? What is ‘the good’ which social entrepreneurship should endorse? Drawing on Hartmut Rosa's political philosophy and his normative concept of 'resonance,' the current article proposes that social entrepreneurship should be evaluated in terms of its ability to bring about and maintain emancipatory structures and practices in which constitutive ‘axes of resonance’ can be allowed to develop, granting human beings recurrent experience of (momentary, processual, and transformative) resonance. I argue that the concept of resonance can be used to integrate major normative anchorages in use by social entrepreneurship scholars and practitioners (that is, citizenship/democracy, liberal egalitarianism, communitarianism, feminism, multiculturalism, and Marxism) while rejecting others (libertarianism, utilitarianism).
Period20 Apr 2024
Held atIMD Business School, Switzerland
Degree of RecognitionInternational