In his July 18 conference call via Transition US, Rob Hopkins repeatedly mentioned relocalization as economic development. He hinted at the economic possibilities of new livelihoods, new training, new businesses, and how intentional relocalization could drive all this. And he referred to developing ideas within the Transition movement including social enterprise/Transition enterprise.
The concept of "social enterprise" has been gathering traction in the U.S. It's kind of like a hybrid of the business world and the nonprofit world. In its most basic form, there's the example of a gift store within a museum: the profits from the store fund the cause of the museum. In more complex forms, there are micro-loan businesses that fund third-world startups, bakeries that employ at-risk workers, and a myriad of creative examples.
The Transition folks in the UK have taken this idea several steps further to consider what the model might be like if it were founded around the types of business we need for a localized, post-petroleum, leaner economy world.
Would you like to join people who are discussing these ideas? Transition LA's Joanne Poyourow and John Tikotsky will be chatting about them and welcome you to join this informal circle on Aug 10.
prerequisite: read about Transition Enterprise here
Transition Enterprise informal discussion
Weds Aug 10, 7pm
Holy Nativity Church - possibly classroom 2 ??? (look for sign)
6700 W. 83rd, Westchester/LA 90045
Other potential resources
- Mission, Inc.: The Practitioners Guide to Social Enterprise (Social Venture Network) by Kevin Lynch and Julius Walls
- The Social Entrepreneur's Handbook: How to Start, Build, and Run a Business That Improves the World by Rupert Scofield
- To Build The Life You Want - Create The Work You Love - The Spiritual Dimension of Entrepreneuring by Marsha Sinetar
- Social Entrepreneurship For Dummies by Mark Durieux and Robert Stebbins
- Transition UK conference: Economics and business and social enterprise write up
- Transition UK conference: Economy business and social enterprise theme session write up
- Ingredients of Transition: Investing in Transition
- Ingredients of Transition: Community Supported Farms, Bakeries and Breweries
- Ingredients of Transition: Strategic Local Infrastructure