Making Waves community development magazine, Summer 2008

Posted by on August 4, 2008

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.

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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 enterprise development.

Business First
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.

Don McNair
Making Waves: Canada’s CED Magazine
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