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 in New York City. 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 the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, a leading entrepreneurship education organization in the United States. 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. While in the past we may have turned to government to solve these issues, in recent years civil society has responded through an increase in startups, spurred in part by the digital revolution and a new urgency around these issues. To sustain this active social sector, however, we need more than just TV shows like Shark Tank, we need to disrupt our education systems and change the way we teach young people. In this presentation, I 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 characteristics 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 completely rethink what it means to be an educated and engaged citizen. We further need rigorous research to make sure that our educational programs are having the desired impact on social change

Conference theme

The development of modern economy is conditioned by initiating of innovative enterprises. In companies, as well as in public administration and non-profit institutions, the importance of non-financial aspects of business operations is increasingly emphasized, where the needs of society and the environment play a key role. Social economy, corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship are the issues increasingly discussed in the sphere of politics, education and business practice.

The key challenge is to disseminate awareness about the advantages of building companies whose goal is not only to maximize profits, but also to optimize social value in business.

Increase of awareness of social and environmental needs and problems draw the attention of the consumer 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.

Increasing the interest of innovators, young startups, and investors in social and environmental problems is crucial for building a sustainable economy by responsibly fulfilling the social mission in the implementation of ambitious research and business ventures.

The efficiency of management is closely related to innovation and entrepreneurship, but also more and more clearly  to the shaping of pro-social attitudes in all spheres of economic life. Entrepreneurial behaviors constitute additional support for the social economy for the implementation of its assumptions based on 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 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, 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

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

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Conference language: Polish/English

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

Click to register:

Register me31st 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:

  1. Public Administration Yearbook
  2. eFinanse Financial Internet Quarterly (14 points) - in English language only
  3. 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