CED Bulletin – June 2012

On June 16, 2012

Hello CED practitioners and supporters,

The momentum continues to grow – there are a number of exciting events that explore social enterprise being held in Auckland and Wellington over the next couple of months. See events section at the end of this bulletin for more information.

 

Disability Social Enterprise on TV

I was heartened to see an item about Workforce Auckland, that provides employment for people with disabilities, shown on Close up on TV1 recently. The workers really love working there – it is a great story and well worth a look (only 5 minutes).  Here is the link - it is just the kind of mainstream media exposure that we need to grow understanding of the value of social enterprise.

Workforce Auckland are a social enterprise in the disability sector that have  just  rebranded to become the Elevator Group (providing supported employment in the mainstream as well as direct employment) and  their  assembly and packaging plant has become Altus Industries.

Auckland Council appointment for a Social Entrepreneurship role

The Auckland Council have now appointed Billy Matheson, as a Principal Advisor in Social Entrepreneurship in their Community & Cultural Strategy Unit.   

Billy has led the Regeneration movement to date – a network of young change makers who are working to create positive change in their communities, workplaces, families, schools and the natural environment.  Billy and his team have taken an innovative approach to engaging and growing the next generation of social entrepreneurs. This is a smart appointment by the council as it will ensure links through to this network of young people as well as  the many networks and leaders that Billy has links with. The council are to be congratulated for creating this new role and it will be interesting to see how it impacts on the social enterprise scene in the Auckland region. 

As the Auckland Council region is so extensive since amalgamation, there is a possibility that Billy’s efforts could be spread a little thin.  To leverage off this new position, a social enterprise programme that includes front line social enterprise support positions in each of the four council service centres would be a logical next step.  Having an innovative social enterprise officer on staff has worked well at Parramatta City Council in the western suburbs of Sydney, where the council social enterprise support officer, Jo McNeill, has had a significant impact on growing the social enterprise sector in the Parramatta area. 

Remembering Steve Lawrence

Many of you will remember our friend and colleague, Steve Lawrence, who sadly passed away this month at his home in Sydney after a long illness.  Steve is commonly referred to as the 'Grandfather of Social Enterprise' in Australia.  Steve generously came to New Zealand to share his extensive knowledge at both of the CED Conferences that have been held here to date.  Steve has been a pioneer of the social enterprise sector in Australia as long time CEO of WorkVentures, a driver and advocate of the work of Social Ventures Australia and the School for Social Entrepreneurs.   Steve understood the need for social enterprise more than 30 years ago and has been an agent of change and action through his work, both locally and globally ever since. He will be missed.  

 

CED Research Update

I am currently immersed in the literature review for the CED research, (that is being carried out by the CEDNZ Trust with funding from the Lotteries Community Research Fund.) What is becoming apparentfrom the international literature is that there is an extensive and fast growing body of academic and practitioner literature in the areas of CED, social enterprise, social entrepreneurship and social innovation, but is confusing in terms of definitions and distinctions between the various terms.   There will never be consensus, but I am starting to get clearer about some important distinctions – that I will share with you when they have properly crystallised…

I am really enjoying researching the history of this movement and it has affirmed the importance of the cooperative movement, both overseas and in New Zealand, as providing  a foundation for the social enterprise movement that is now growing in leaps and bounds.  The next step for the research is to hold focus groups around the country, followed by 100 practitioner interviews.  that will be carried out by me and our able research assistant, Dorte Wray.

 

The Social Enterprise Institute 

The Social Enterprise Institute (SEI) commences classes in Greenlane, Auckland on Thursday, 21 June. The Social Enterprise Institute is being established by social enterprise practitioner and CEDNZ Trustee, Lindsay Jeffs, to identify, support and encourage New Zealand’s not-for-profit sector to explore social enterprise opportunities to create wealth for our communities.  SEI classes are already underway in Christchurch, where a group of high quality participants are working on a number of innovative social enterprise projects. Their ideas have been clearly defined and participants are currently working on business plans.   Due to last minute cancellations there are still two places available for the Auckland intake.  The classes run one day per week (Thursdays) over a 20 week period. If you are interested please email lindsay@csbec.org.nz  or phone 0274351732.

 

Inspiring Stories

Since last year I have been based in Raglan, a small but exciting and innovative community. Recently Guy Ryan from Inspiring Stories was in town, sharing exciting tales of young social innovators through film. Guy Ryan founded the Inspiring Stories Trust and won first prize at the Dragons Den session at the 2011 CED Conference. He is continuing his work, touring the country using film making as a means to foster innovation, stimulate conversation, and reach audiences to enable collective learning.  In the Inspiring Stories short films, it is so encouraging to see such innovation, commitment and social conscience being demonstrated by the next generation.

 

Pacific Island Communities and Social Enterprise Discussion Paper

This paper describes social enterprise, and explores the potential for Pacific communities to become more involved.  It is based on a literature review and five case studies involving either established Pacific social enterprises, or mainstream social housing providers whose clients include Pacific communities.  The Pacific Island Communities and Social Enterprise Discussion Paper were prompted by the idea that there are emerging opportunities for social enterprise to be an important pathway to better social and economic outcomes for Pacific people.  The conclusions are presented as a useful checklist of questions for any aspiring social entrepreneur.    

Download the Pacific Island Communities and Social Enterprise Discussion Paper

 

Social Impact Bonds

I have recently discovered a New Zealand report on social impact bonds from September 2011, The Potential for Social Impact Bonds in New Zealand, that was prepared for the Department of Internal Affairs by Ross Philipson Consulting Ltd. This report explores the opportunities afforded by social financing and Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) in particular. It describes the nature of SIBs, their advantages and risks, compared with existing mechanisms, and explore what sectors of the New Zealand market may be interested in investing in SIBs.  The report also identifies policy and market constraints to the extensive use of SIBs, and provides a strategy that focuses on the key steps required before a comprehensive assessment can be made as to whether SIBs should be trialled in New Zealand.

 

For those of you who are interested in this innovative, (but new and as yet unproven) model of social finance, it is a good way to understand the promise of social impact bonds, within the New Zealand context.

 

Youth unemployment… and opportunities

The CTU's youth sector, Stand Up Spokesperson, James Sleep, says the consistently high and growing youth unemployment figures show the government is not putting enough resources into tackling the problem, and policies like the starting out rate will not solve this problem.

Sleep says "The number of young 15-24 year olds out of work, education and training (NEETs) has increased from 83,000 to 87,000; outnumbering the population of Palmerston North….and the decision by the Government to only fund youth transition services for 16 and 17 year olds will lead to thousands of young unemployed people over 18 being left without any support.”

A social enterprise response to youth employment could be part of the solution. It will mean us working together across sectors to create social enterprises that are aimed at providing a supportive working environment for young people, including youth at risk.

 

Capital Comment

from Roger Tweedy

The social enterprise dialogue continues to buzz in Welly, as more organisations are exploring the possibilities for ‘enterprise earnings’ as part of income streams. At the recent Ethnic Affairs Conference at Te Papa the workshop on social enterprise was the highest attended session amongst the migrant community. With many ethnic communities having a strong ‘enterprise culture’ this seems a promising area for social enterprise to develop.

Discussion has resurfaced on the area of ‘shared space and support’ for young graduates wishing to test the social enterprise area as a starting point in their careers. I was inspired by visiting the HUB in Melbourne recently www.hubmelbourne.com and can see tremendous potential amongst the young capital entrepreneurs.  We are currently (inspired by Peter Holbrook) talking with Young Enterprise – who in the UK (Surprise, surprise more schools are taking the SE option!)

On the social innovation front, we are hosting the Wellington launch of HOW COMMUNITIES HEAL later in the month at the Mayoral Chambers in honour of the five Welly social entrepreneurs featured in the book edited by Vivian Hutchinson. Sorry we are unable to invite all, as numbers are limited at the venue.

Happy enterprising,
Roger Tweedy,
epeople@xtra.co.nz

Peter Holbrook

Presentation

For those of you who missed seeing the dynamic Peter Holbrook, CEO of Social Enterprise UK when he was visiting New Zealand recently, here is his powerpoint presentation on the OCVS website.  Definitely worth a look!

The Kitchen

A shared workspace for changemakers

At the moment The Kitchen is offering three subsidised places to deserving people with great ideas for social good. Take advantage of the collaboration, shared ideas and mentoring opportunities that constantly emerge. To apply email: hello@thekitchen.net.nz. On another note, if you'd like to share a drink with 100 sustainability buffs? The Kitchen is hosting Green Drinks on Wed 27th June – See www.thekitchen.net.nz for more details.

 

That’s all from me for now, wishing you all the best in your various socially just and enterprising adventures…

Di Jennings
Convenor, CED Network
di@ced.org.nz

 

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