Making Waves magazine, Summer 2008
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From: Don McNair <mcnair at cedworks.com>
The Summer 2008 edition of Making Waves reports on two years of
practitioner-led research. The Development Wheel Project, as it was
called, explored the building of an infrastructure of services and
resources to support social enterprise.
Find a summary of the contents below. To view sample content in PDF,
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Bending the Learning Curve
Outside of Québec, little infrastructure exists to support the
development of social enterprise. How then do we too create an
environment conducive to social enterprise, quickly but from the bottom up?
Tools & Engines of Enterprise
The Development Wheel shows a way to use social enterprise to transform
a community-based organization into an engine of local benefits.
An Experiment in Bottom-Up, Systemic Change
How do you scale up without driving down community support and control?
The Development Project sought to fuse efficiency with community, and
grassroots initiative with systemic impact.
A Lever of Development
In Franco-Ontario the Development Wheel acted as a keen instrument for
identifying local leadership, capacities, and strategies of social
In British Columbia’s southern interior, Penny Lane Bargain Outlet has
achieved a slam dunk, selling discount clothing and furniture to help
finance programs and jobs for local young people.
Now You’re Cookin’
Preparing a community for social enterprise is a lot like making bread.
You mix together what’s in the local cupboards with some foreign
ingredients, then knead and pause, knead and pause.
Get Ready for The Big One
Baby-boomers retiring from business require a new approach to succession
planning – one that sees social enterprise as a way to address the
commitment of owners to family, neighbourhood, and community, as well as
to good financial returns.
The Prospects for Scale
When building infrastructure for social enterprise, intermediaries at a
regional level are clearly of prime importance, as is a common
vocabulary of goals, tasks, and processes.
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