CED Bulletin – September 2011

On October 3, 2011

Sorry folks … that CED communications have been rather intermittent of late. Whilst the passion and commitment to continue this work from a small core of people on the CED Trust continues, investment in the work has not. So ….at present, the CED work is being kept afloat through the voluntary efforts of trustees. My inbox fills daily with inquiries from folk who want to know more about CED… with this level of interest, in combination with the fast pace of developments internationally, I remain optimistic about the future of the CED Network and indeed the CED movement in New Zealand.
A current iron in the fire is an application to the Lotteries Research Fund to carry out some significant research around CED in the NZ context. (The need for this research was strongly identified at the April CED conference). If we are successful, this will be the first piece of significant research about CED carried out in the NZ context. We are very fortunate that Unitec is partnering us in writing stage two of this proposal and bring their significant research expertise to the table.

Australian Government Support for Social Enterprise

Whilst we are peddling hard to get government buy-in to a social enterprise agenda – in contrast, the Australian government is currently making a $22 million investment. Foresters Community Finance has just been awarded $6 million in seed funding – matched by Christian Super Fund taking the total fund value to $12 million. Social Enterprise Finance Australia (SEFA) has been awarded $10 million in seed funding with a further $10 million being invested by a range of corporate and individual investors. Kate Ellis, Minister for Employment Participation says “Ensuring social enterprises have access to appropriate finance at the right time, combined with sound business and investment advice will help this industry to grow, to create jobs and deliver meaningful results for the community. For further information check out SEDIF program

The Rousing Giant of Maori money

In a recent NZ Herald article journalist Anne Gibson talks about “The rousing giant of Maori money”. The article says that last year, the Maori economy was estimated to be worth $36.9 billion! This article points to Tanui, Ngai Tahu and Ngati Whatua as the three richest iwi in the country. The NZ Herald article quotes Chris Wikaira from Tanui as saying “You can conceivably see out in provincial New Zealand the biggest game in town, apart from maybe Forestry or Fonterra, is likely to be an iwi asset holding company – and its all money that’s invested in New Zealand”.

Ngarimu Blair from Ngati Whatua made a moving presentation at the 2011 CED Conference, and for many of us, a penny dropped – that the Iwi-led maori enterprise and the CED movement are very closely related in terms of social mission and profits being retained for community benefit. I see all of the above coming under the broad umbrella of our “Social Economy” – the economy that has a history of growing and thriving when and where private sector enterprise has failed.

Don’t miss this Social Finance Workshop

CEDNZ invites you to a workshop with Clara Miller, a leading international expert in social finance. Clara Miller is President of the F B Heron Foundation in New York City – a grantmaking institution dedicated to building wealth in low income communities.
Previously, Clara founded and ran the US’s Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) – a national leader in nonprofit, philanthropic and social enterprise finance. Clara was named among the NonProfit Times “Power and Influence Top 50” for four years running.

The workshop will be held on Monday 31 October from 10am to 2:30pm. The venue is
BNZ, Level 8, 80 Queen Street, Auckland

Thanks to support from the BNZ this workshop is free – but places are strictly limited so it is necessary to RSVP to info@socialdevelopment.org.nz to ensure you don’t miss out on this opportunity. The workshop includes morning tea and a light lunch.
This workshop is brought to you by the CEDNZ Trust and BNZ with support from Philanthropy New Zealand

How Communities Heal

Vivian says “New Zealand was once proud to be considered the “social laboratory” of the world — a place of can-do creativity, and an early adopter of many new social ideas. We have had an inspiring history of local social entrepreneurs who created, implemented and spread new ideas until they became an everyday part of our communities. Despite this history, it is perhaps surprising to realise how little has really been known about the process of social innovation – compared to the vast amount of knowledge and research that has been gathered on how innovation happens in science and in business.”
The How Communities Heal project is being published in fortnightly instalments on the internet at How Communities Heal

Congratulations to VisionWest

VisionWest’s Marketing and Communications Manager, Stephanie Yost, was also awarded the Rosebank Business Association Young Business Person of the Year Award. Lisa Woolley, CEO of VisionWest Community Trust said “Winning these Awards is a true testament to the strong sense of vision and commitment of our people…we’ve come a long way since our start as a little drop-in centre in Glen Eden, but our partnership with the Glen Eden Baptist Church and vision for hope and transformation for families in our communities has remained strong.”
VisionWest now employs more than 400 staff and about 70 volunteers across its integrated community-based services which now include; Community Housing, Property Care, Home Healthcare, Training Centre, Christian Kindergarten, Counselling Centre, Budgeting Service, Foodbank & OpShop and Community Care.


SBN Social Innovation Award 2011: entries close 30 September

This year’s Sustainable Business Network awards have a new category recognising outstanding programmes, innovations or businesses that use entrepreneurship to meet pressing social needs. For details on this and other award categories, and to download the entry form, see the SBN Awards

The trickle down that never came!

I recently made a presentation to Adult Community Education (ACE) Aotearoa – to help explore social enterprise possibilitie for community education coordinators. After the workshop, I met a chap who was involved in public relations for Maggie Thatcher back in the eighties. Once a proponent of free market ideology, he has done a complete turnaround and is now firmly of the view that neoliberal economics has spectacularly failed us, that the “trickle down” has never trickled down – and that underlying cause is rampant greed. He was very interested in the more collective and equitable social enterprise model that underpins community economic development. Made my week!

Laurence de Marco from Senscot says ….”Folk I talk with fall loosely into two camps – those who believe that the neoliberal world order will regain its poise – that ‘business as usual’ will return – and those, like myself, who believe that we are experiencing something epochal – that the present economic system is a busted flush!” He points to journalist Charles Moore recent article that The Left MayBe Right – that the ‘free market’ in fact only accords freedom to a super rich elite – while it condemns the rest of us to increasingly insecure lives.

I have been enjoying some alternative news sources recently that comment on the unravelling of the free market economy. The Keiser Report consistently looks at the scandal behind the financial news headlines is entertaining as well as informative. On Collapsenet Michael Ruppert explores our uncertain economic future. The news we don’t get on mainstream media – thank heavens for the internet!

Some overseas inspiration

CED Policy Framework from Canada

The Canadian CED Network (CCEDNet) has just released a new publication, Building a Federal Policy Framework and Program in Support of Community Economic Development . The report says that a CED Policy Framework would equip government officials with a policy tool to ensure more effective responses to the complex economic, social, and environmental needs of local communities, particularly those that are vulnerable. A federal program is recommended that would commit multi-year core and project-based funding to organisations that employ the CED model in designated urban communities across Canada. The report addresses the ongoing challenge for CED organisations in Canada to maximize their long-term community benefit when multi-year funding for core costs remains out of reach. To remedy this problem, the report recommends that the Canadian government develop and implement a federal CED Policy Framework and Neighbourhood Revitalisation Program (NRP).

Fightback Britain

The UK social enterprise sector is outstripping mainstream enterprise and turning deprivation into business success, reveals a major new report. Fightback Britain has shown that 39% of all social enterprises are working in the most deprived communities in the UK, compared to 13% of all SMEs.

The report also says that social enterprises are twice as likely as mainstream businesses to have reported growth in the last year and also more likely to be led by women, young people, and minority ethnic groups.
Fightback Britain says one in seven of all social enterprises is a start-up, more than three times the proportion of start-ups in mainstream small business and that social enterprises are twice as likely as mainstream businesses to have reported growth in the last year. Three times as many social enterprises as mainstream small businesses are operating in Britain’s most deprived communities. The report adds that some of the biggest social enterprises operating in the UK today began life in the recession of the 1980s.

The Skoll Foundation

The Skoll Foundation is one of the leading foundations in the field of social entrepreneurship. Jeff Skoll created The Skoll Foundation in 1999 to pursue his vision of a sustainable world of peace and prosperity. Led by CEO Sally Osberg since 2001, the Skoll mission is to drive large scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems. Over the past 10 years, they have awarded more than $250 million, including investments in 81 remarkable social entrepreneurs and 66 organizations on five continents around the world who are creating a brighter future for underserved communities. To find out more go to Skoll Foundation

And back to the very local…
Victory Village – a community anchor

Victory Village in Nelson is a great example of a community anchor organisation. Centred around the vibrant Toi Toi neighborhood in Nelson, Victory Village is an inclusive and eclectic multicultural community of artists, musicians, businesses, parks, schools and individuals. Victory Village won the 2010 New Zealand Community of the Year award.
The Victory Village Forum, hosted by Inspiring Communities, Families Commission and Victory Village, was held in Nelson at the end of July. I was fortunate to attend and make a presentation about how social enterprise and community owned assets can make initiatives like Victory Village more financially sustainable.
Innovation in a government funded school environment must have had its challenges for the school and community leaders. Their willingness and perseverance to work together for the benefit of the whole community has had outstanding results. In Victory Village the school is the centre of hub. In other communities it may be the marae, the community centre – I have seen community anchors grow from arts centres, sports centres – it can look different in different communities, but there are some core characteristics.
The Scottish Community Alliance says “ An examination of the characteristics of strong and independent communities shows that they possess the ability to unite – and `hold together` – usually around some local organisation which they own. For some reason – in certain areas – the local community sector, the fragmented array of small voluntary groups, invest authority in a local umbrella vehicle to champion their collective interests. There are no examples of sustained community empowerment without some such locally embedded organisation, although in some areas this leadership role is achieved by two or more groups.”
That’s it for now. Wishing you the very best in your various enterprising adventures…
Di

Di Jennings
CEDNZ Network
di@ced.org.nz

Coming Events

Investing in Impact Social Return on Investment (SROI) Australia conference

Friday, October 7, 2011.
Sydney
Register by 3rd October, 2011. For further information go to SROI Conference

Social Finance Workshop with Clara Miller

Monday 31 October
10am to 2:30pm.
BNZ, Level 8, 80 Queen Street, Auckland

CEDNZ invites you to a workshop with Clara Miller, a leading international expert in social finance.

Thanks to support from the BNZ this workshop is free – but places are strictly limited so it is necessary to RSVP to info@socialdevelopment.org.nz to ensure you don’t miss out on this opportunity.

This workshop is brought to you by the CEDNZ Trust and BNZ with support from Philanthropy New Zealand

Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship International Conference

“Extending Theory, Integrating Practice”
3 December 2011
Massey University’s Albany Campus
In addition to keynote and paper presentations, and dialogue in a Conference Panel discussion with practitioners and policy makers, the conference aims to move toward perceptual mapping of the role and best practices of social innovation and entrepreneurship in catalysing development for individuals, communities, regions and the global society. For further information go to Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference

 

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