What links Participatory Budgeting and Social Enterprise? Through reflecting on long-term qualitative learning of Participatory Budgeting in the UK, viewed through a social economy lens, we found that Participatory Budgeting, in and of itself, stimulates the development of new cooperatives and sustained social action.
Social Enterprise News
In a recent meeting with colleagues representing different sides of the perennial social enterprise definition debate, we again stumbled, or struggled to agree. There is of course some official definitions, but everyone still seems to feel we need to broaden or narrow it. It sometimes feels like we are a lot of navel gazers dancing on the head of a pin! Which sounds difficult and dangerous.
Jez Hall of Shared Future and Lynn Sbaih of Give2Gain had the privilege of running a two hour session at the recent Greater Manchester Social Enterprise conference on the ‘Journey of Social Enterprise’. Our purpose was to explore the motivations and reasons why people got into social enterprise, and then, to think more widely about what sustained individuals on their journey.
Our associate pool is expanding, with the recent of addition of Martin Wells, Amanda Preece and Phil Murphy, and we also say goodbye to long term associate and ex-SFCIC director Mandy Naylor.
Working with us since our earliest days, Mandy will be sorely missed by us all, and we wish her the very best in her new role.
Shared Future CIC does not currently have funding to provide extensive free support and advice to new or existing social enterprises. However, as part of our social mission to support other social enterprises, we remain committed to offering a basic advice and signposting service.
As part of training and support we deliver to social enterprises, Shared Future often produces simple briefing papers on useful topics and make these available as free downloads. We plan to place more online in due course and hope they will provide useful introductions to the world of social enterprise.
Nine worthy applicants pitched to win between £1,800 and £3,000 for their projects.
The #MakeMCR Pledge Pot is open to voluntary, community and public sector organisations and to partnership projects that provide clear wider benefits for the city.