CED Bulletin – March 2012

On March 7, 2012

Hello CED practitioners and supporters,

When I was working in Scotland, I attended a DTA Scotland conference where I was very inspired by a presentation from social enterprise practitioner, Peter Holbrook, who was at that stage, CEO of the Sunlight Development Trust. Sunlight is viewed as a successful, community led, cutting edge social enterprise in the UK. It delivers a wide range of community services, including youth engagement, health services, support for parents and the elderly. I suspect that much of the success is down to Peter’s inspired leadership.

Peter Holbrook
CEO of Social Enterprise UK

Social Enterprise UK is the UK national body for social enterprise. The good news is that the British Council are bringing Peter to New Zealand in April.Peter is one of the UK’s Social Enterprise Ambassadors, a member of the Government’s mutuals taskforce, the employee engagement taskforce and is a board member of Big Society Trust, overseeing the delivery of Big Society Capital. Peter has previously worked for Oxfam, Greenpeace, Marks and Spencer and Body Shop International. Get to hear him speak if you get the chance, he is the real deal – passionate, innovative and inspirational. The NZ Centre for Social Innovation are hosting an event in Auckland – go here to register. In Christchurch he is being hosted by the Office of Ethnic Affairs. Here is a link to programme. I understand that a Wellington event may also be in the pipeline.

The Kitchen
A co-working space for changemakers

Social Entrepreneur Murray Sheard is behind an innovative new shared work space in Auckland. “The Kitchen” is a co-working space for changemakers that offers an inspiring work environment and seeks to catalyse initiatives for a better world. The Kitchen does this by providing space to work, meet, host events, learn, collaborate and celebrate what is good. The core focus is on social entrepreneurs, not-for-profits, and those working for ‘more than profit’, but they also welcome freelancers and small businesses of many stripes.

Situated in Maidstone St, Ponsonby, The Kitchen offers a combination of permanent desks and hot-desks, as well as full, and part-time, membership options. They provide meeting rooms, event hosting space, smoking-hot internet, printing, scanning, and photo-copying as well as incubation services and mentoring. Not to mention the 270-degree view over Auckland from their 270-degree deck! For enquiries see http://thekitchen.net.nz or email murray@thekitchen.net.nz

Social Enterprise Institute (SEI)
Website is now up and running Christchurch and Auckland

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. The Institute offers a programme that enables a not-for-profit organization to identify and assess profit making initiatives that can assist the organization to become more financially independent and sustainable whilst retaining their values and a commitment to social, environmental and cultural outcomes. The programme builds on the lessons of the programme leaders who are experienced social enterprise practitioners who have run successful social enterprises in their own communities

The course runs one day per week over a 20 week period and will be run in Christchurch from March to July 2012; and Auckland from June to October 2012. Partial scholarships are available. For further information and to enrol go to the Social Enterprise Institute website or ring Lindsay on 0274351732.

Social Entrepreneurs School
Inaugural social entrepreneurs

The Social Entrepreneurs School, is a New Zealand Centre for Social Innovation initiative, commences on 8th March in Manukau with the inaugural thirteen social entrepreneurs who will accelerate their projects through a nine month intense action learning period. A public launch is being held on 21st March with Mayor Len Brown attending.

How Communities Heal
Stories of social innovation and social change

The long awaited book by Vivian Hutchinson and the New Zealand Social Entrepreneur Fellowship has recently launched and is available to purchase online.
The book tells the stories of a unique group of New Zealand social entrepreneurs, who are bringing insight, entrepreneurship and practical hope to our communities. This book profiles the personal stories of these innovators, and their work to create systemic and sustainable solutions to social and environmental challenges.

Each profile includes photographs of the entrepreneurs, and their projects and programmes, as well scenes from their participation in the retreats of the New Zealand Social Entrepreneur Fellowship.
How Communities Heal also includes a series of articles from Vivian Hutchinson on entrepreneurship and innovation, and the tools and ideas that are helping make these projects happen. For more information about How Communities Heal and the Social Entrepreneurs Fellowship go to NZSEF

BNZ Closed for Good

On Tuesday 8 May, Bank of New Zealand will be closing its doors ‘for good’ for the third time to help out communities across New Zealand for one day. In 2009 and 2011 the volunteers were BNZ staff, but this year they are asking members of the New Zealand public to get involved and lend a hand on community projects.

In order to place approximately 8000 volunteers Closed for Good needs as many projects as possible. They can help out on anything you have that needs doing, particularly large-scale projects and projects requiring business-related skills.

If you have a project that needs volunteers you can easily register it by visiting www.closedforgood.org. All submissions should outline what the project involves, how many people are needed for the day’s work, objectives of the day, what you need the volunteers to do and how your project will benefit the community.

Key Dates

17 Feb – 16 March: Projects can be submitted on www.closedforgood.org
By 23 March: Community organisations will know if their project has been accepted.
2 April – 23 April: Volunteers will be able to select projects. Projects are not guaranteed to go ahead until after 23 April 2012: when minimum numbers have been met and volunteers have been assigned. The Project Leaders will then be in touch to do a project site visit to finalise details.
8 May: Closed for Good

For any questions please contact the Closed for Good team via email on closedforgood@bnz.co.nz or 0800 275 269.

United Nations International
2012 is the year of Cooperatives

“Cooperatives are a reminder to the international community that it is possible to pursue both economic viability and social responsibility.” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The International Year of Cooperatives is intended to raise public awareness of the invaluable contributions of cooperative enterprises to poverty reduction, employment generation and social integration. The Year will also highlight the strengths of the cooperative business model as an alternative means of doing business and furthering socioeconomic development.

Cooperatives, like social enterprise are part of a bigger vision – which sees economies working for the common good, rather than the unlimited is a part of this same vision. For more information go to International Year of Cooperatives

Empowerment in times of Austerity

A recent report from the New Economics Foundation, Creating stronger and more inclusive communities which value everyone’s right to contribute; Some lessons for positive action on the context of austerity responds to fears that, in a prolonged period of austerity, the “Big Society” rhetoric of empowerment and inclusion will remain just that.

I can’t help but reflect that, here in New Zealand, our government has not subscribed to any empowerment rhetoric – but they have certainly taken on the austerity measures! The content of this report has relevance here for those of us that feel that people at risk of marginalisation can contribute to their local communities as well as receiving their communities’ support.

And finally, check this out Community Lover’s Guide to the Universe. It is part of the Social Spaces Project. It’s a grass roots global initiative (I hear that some are using the term “glocal” to describe this space) – that could do with some New Zealand content! Now there’s a challenge…

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

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