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.
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.
This report offers social enterprises and policy makers an insight into newer developments in the field using examples of their practical application in other parts of the UK.
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.
The Community Enterprise Checker is a free tool to help you assess the health of your community enterprise. Complete the questions and see how your organisation scores.
A new report from the Carnegie UK Trust explains how good places to live makes well-being real. That means involving people in decisions that affect their local surroundings.
Try an online self-assessment tool that helps charities and social enterprises review and improve their impact practice.
Lots of free resources to help not-for-profit groups thrive, plus many training videos.