Dean of the Faculty of Political Science, Prof. dr hab inż. Andrzej Kozera

Director of the Institute of Law, Administration and Economy, Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Piasecki

Department of Economics and Economic Policy

Department of Administration and Sectoral Policies

Department of Public Law

Department of Local Government and Management


Faculty of Economy and Management of the OPOLE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Department of Ecology Economics of the WROCŁAW UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS


have the pleasure to invite to the International Conference on


Entrepreneurship and Social Economy – Innovations – Environment 2019

Poland, Cracow, 22 May 2019

Thomas Gold Ph.D., Research Director, Acceleration Group, New York City

Keynote Speaker:
Thomas Gold   Ph.D.,   Social   innovation  and Entrepreneurship Education: Promises and Challenges for the 21st  Century,
Research Director, Acceleration Group, New York City

Thomas Gold, Research Director at Acceleration Group, is an expert on education research and public policy. Dr. Gold has held leadership positions focusing on research, measurement and evaluation in higher education, local government and nonprofit institutions. The policy reforms that were implemented as a result of his work have impacted the lives of millions of youth and young adults in low income neighborhoods and communities of color. His work has ranged from leading major studies in New York City’s public schools to spearheading the thought leadership and research efforts of an international entrepreneurship education organization. Dr. Gold has written extensively on urban education, entrepreneurship and European politics. His work on entrepreneurial mindset was recently featured in Forbes magazine. He is a former Fulbright Fellow who received his BA from New York University and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the New School for Social Research.


Keynote Speaker’s Thesis:

Social innovation and entrepreneurship have emerged as important processes in the effort to address  critical  issues  facing  our  societies  today,  from  climate  change  and  youth unemployment to immigration and access to quality education. In recent years civil society has responded through an increase in startups, spurred in part by the digital revolution and a growing awareness of the issues. To sustain this active social sector, however, we need more than just TV shows about entrepreneurship, we need to disrupt our education systems and change the way we teach young people. In this presentation, Dr. Gold will discuss how we as a society have to move beyond traditional approaches to teaching and learning at all levels of schooling to prepare the next generation of social innovators, who need more than just knowledge, but certain mindsets, behaviors, and attitudes like critical thinking, creativity and comfort with risk. These skills are needed to identify the right opportunities, build the right teams and execute on their plans. To effectively teach these skills we need to rethink what it means to be an educated and engaged  citizen. We further need rigorous research to make sure that our innovative programs are having the desired impact on social change.

Conference theme

As we move toward the third decade of the 21st century, innovative enterprises seeking to solve critical social and environmental issues are becoming integral to the modern economy. Organizations – from private companies to nongovernmental organizations – are increasingly focusing on the needs of local communities, society and the environment, not simply as an add-ons to their businesses but as integral goals of their business model. Terms like social economy, corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship are becoming a part of our daily lexicon and discussed regularly in forums addressing civil society, politics, education and business practices.

In addition, a global awareness of social and environmental needs and problems have drawn the attention of consumers to products and services that not only satisfy their individual needs, but also create value for the environment by supporting those in need and caring for the natural environment. We are witnessing the rise of the socially conscious consumer!

Despite the promising moves toward socially minded businesses, challenges still exist. To truly have a social or environmental impact, we need to increase the interest of innovators, young startups, and investors in social and environmental problems. We also need to fulfill this social mission through the implementation of ambitious research projects and new business ventures.

Another key challenge is ensuring that companies maintain a double-bottom line – one for profits and the other for social impact. Young startups might be both unaware of the advantages of building socially innovative companies but also lack the capacity to create a social return on investment model that optimizes their profits while also increasing their social value in the communities and societies they serve. Education also plays a critical role in this change. Schools and universities need to provide the new generation with not only valuable skills and knowledge, but the right mindsets, motivations and awareness of the social issues around them.

Over the next decade, we anticipate seeing concerns about management efficiency to shift more toward innovation and entrepreneurship and the development of pro-social attitudes in all spheres of economic life. We also expect the focus on individual entrepreneurial behaviors to be coupled with support for the social economy and the values of solidarity, participation, responsibility and social cohesion. Binding the social economy with public and private sector entities and third sector organizations corresponds perfectly with broadly understood notion of entrepreneurship.

The aim of the conference is to present a wide spectrum of scientific theories, views and opinions on the importance, status and opportunities for the development of the social economy, ecological economy, entrepreneurship and social innovation, legal conditions for development of economics in Poland and in the world. We invite representatives of science, sociology, politics, business, students and scientific clubs and all those interested in the areas of economics, social economy, ecology, entrepreneurship and innovation.

The research topics are:

✔ Social economy as a trend of economics

✔ Functioning of social enterprises

✔ Education for the social economy and entrepreneurship

✔ Social economy and ecology

✔ Social entrepreneurship, ethics and responsibility in business

✔ Innovation and new technologies for society and the environment

✔ Social entrepreneurship for economic development

✔ Public policies and role of public administration in social economy and social entrepreneurship

✔ Public-private partnerships and the social economy

✔ The impact of entrepreneurship education

Scientific Committee:

Dr  hab.  Janina  Pach,  prof.  UP, Chairperson, Pedagogical University of Cracow

Prof. dr hab. Anatolij Berlacz, Kyiv National Taras Shevtchenko University

Dr Thomas Gold, Keynote Speaker, Acceleration Group, New York City, NY

Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Graczyk, Wroclaw University of Economics

Dr hab. Agnieszka Hess, Jagiellonian University, Cracow

Dr hab. Inga Kawka, prof.  UP, Pedagogical University of Cracow

Prof. Ioannis Kopanakis, Technological Educational Institute of Crete

Dr hab. Walery Okulicz- Kozaryn, prof. UP, Pedagogical University of Cracow

Prof. dr hab. inż. Andrzej Kozera, Pedagogical University of Cracow

Dr hab. inż. Marcin Łuszczyk, prof. PO, Opole University of Technology

Dr RNDr. Mgr. Stanislava Pachrová, College of Polytechnics Jihlava

Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Piasecki, prof.  UP, Pedagogical University of Cracow 

Prof. dr hab. Krystyna Przybylska, Cracow University of Economics


Organizational Committee:

Dr Marta Czyżewska, Chairperson

Dr Krzysztof Sala, Vice-Chairperson

Dr Katarzyna Kowalska

Dr Wojciech Maciejewski

Dr Dorota Murzyn

Dr Paweł Nowak

Dr Ewa Radomska

Dr Paulina Szyja

Dr Renata Śliwa

Science Club FollowUP


Conference language: Polish/English

Deadline for calls and abstract submission (max. 1500 characters)

Registration has been completed.

31st of March 2019

Deadline for payments

14th of April 2019


It will be pleasure for us to host you in Cracow!

22 May 2019

Deadline for submitting full papers

17th of June 2019

Reviews of articles

The condition for a publication is to obtain positive reviews.

November 2019

Publications of articles

Articles will be published in the monograph or in the scientific journal Public Administration Yearbook.

May 2020


Foreign guests – free (but the registration is required)

Students – 100 PLN

Doctoral students – 200 PLN

Researchers and other participants from Poland – 350 PLN

The conference fee covers: publication, conference materials, coffee breaks, lunch


Details for payments:

Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny im. Komisji Edukacji Narodowej w Krakowie

Ul. Podchorążych 2, 30-084 Kraków

Bank: Bank Pekao SA

For payments from Poland: 71 1240 4722 1111 0000 4852 4687

For payments from other countries: IBAN Account: PL78 1240 4722 1978 0000 4851 6422


Title of payment: DK – 203, name and surname of participant

Possibilities of papers publishing:

  • in a monograph (in Polish language only),
  • in peer-reviewed journals:




Public Administration Yearbook




eFinanse Financial Internet Quarterly (14 points) - in English language only

➡️Invitation for publication






Entrepreneurship - Education (8 points) 


The condition for publication is to obtain positive reviews.
The condition for publication in the journals is also the convergence of the article with the subject of the journal.
The organizers reserve the right to decide on places of papers' publication. 

The conference fee does not cover accommodation costs.

We recommend reservation of Hostel Krakowiak (prices range from 70 to 109 PLN, with parking free, reservation by or directly at,eng).

It is 15 min. walk to the conference venue.


Contact details:

Department of Economics and Economic Policy

Institute of Law, Administration and Economics

Pedagogical University of Cracow

Ul. Podchorążych 2/224

30-084 Kraków

Tel. +48 12 662 6213


Conference programme


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