Why your brilliant plans for social change will never work

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In recent years I’ve grown tired of writing plans, beautiful plans, strategies, ideas, theories, feasibility analysis to create social change around difficult community situations. It’s been exciting and sometimes rewarding work. Sometimes the plans create a spark, sometimes informed something bigger. But in all, these documents that have been lovingly woven together usually sit on desks gathering dust waiting to …


Is the community sector a toxic environment?

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If you work in the community (read not for profit) sector, particularly in a community development, coordination or management role I’d say you wouldn’t be surprised to hear the sector described as somewhat ‘tricky’ sometimes (not all the time) even tipping into dysfunctional. I wonder sometimes if the rise in recent years of ‘corporate refugees’ (i.e. people escaping their corporate jobs …

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Experience your industry before you jump in

kerrygrace-2014 Inspiring your community, Thinking business

A colleague recently commented on the necessity of fledgling business owners (in particular social enterprise owners) trialing and testing their industry before launching themselves upon the world. Personally, I couldn’t agree with this sentiment more.  You may have participated in one of those conversations.  A ‘good idea’ is borne, the committee says “Everyone will want one of those”, a grant …

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When a social enterprise is not an enterprise

kerrygrace-2014 Abundance thinking, Inspiring your community, Leadership, Our Team, Philanthropy, funding and social investment

Unless you’ve been living under a rock by now you’ve heard the term ‘social enterprise’. There are many and varied definitions of the illustrious notion of social enterprise, our working definition “a business entity that TRADES for a social purpose” (noting the word TRADES). In Australia social enterprise is not a legal structure in it’s own right and for that matter, a …

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Ready to grow your enterprise?

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It doesn’t matter what type of enterprise you own / manage there comes a tricky time when you need to take a deep breath, brace yourself and choose to push forward or cease. Well, of course you could choose to flounder for a few years but (trust me) you don’t want to do that, it’s exhausting. Today I spoke with …

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Lip service isn’t helping

kerrygrace-2014 Abundance thinking, Blog, Inspiring your community, Leadership, Thinking business

If there’s anything that boils my blood it’s the use of disadvantaged communities for their sexy statistics of disadvantage.  And the resulting commodification of problems. Actually, I ‘get’ the commercial imperative of these actions.  I understand that it’s a tough world for NGOs big and small (particularly small) right now.  I get that ‘poverty sells’. But what I truly look forward …