Yesterday NESTA launched the Compendium for the Civic Economy – a lively collection of 25 inspiring case studies of social enterprises including our very own Hub Islington!
Breakfast was provided by the People’s Supermarket, for a fascinating panel discussion that included Indy Johar from 00:/, Sam Coniff of Livity, Pam Warhurst from Incredible Edible Todmorden, Sam Conniff from youth comms agency Livity, and Tom Bolton from the Centre for Cities.
The conversation focused on how we can encourage growth and investment in the civic economy, including the need for infastructure, freeing up bureaucracy to enable projects to get off the ground and engaging and recognising individual’s strengths and potential.
Pam Warhurst gave a particularly lively and inspiring talk, stressing the need for positivity and for action rather than words. The panel was also held to account by a young man from the audience who had founded a social enterprise talent agency called Seeducation and who questioned how the social enterprise sector could present a more engaging face to the youth.
The main conclusion seems to be that social enteprise is nothing new. The projects described in the book have existed for a while (the Hub has been here for six years now!) – but opportunities like this to broadcast and celebrate achievements in the civic economy represent the best chance we have of catching the public imagination and hitting the mainstream, so that a social approach to business becomes the norm rather than a quirky sideline to the world of enterprise.
Well done to NESTA and to Indy, Alice and Tim and the rest of the team at 00:/ for compiling the book which is available here and we also have a print version in the Hub, so ask us if you’d like to borrow it. It’s a great read!