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Worth every penny – Social change ideas and practice in three contemporary Finnish social enterprises

Social entrepreneurship is often about change in attitudes and behaviour. According to the findings of my PhD research project, contemporary social entrepreneurship in Finland makes no exception. In this blog post I focus on three owner-managers’ ideas of and practice for social change. Finally, I ask you to share your own ideas. My two cents … Continue reading


Our world is currently facing a serious crisis; and no one doubts the dimension and complexity of the closely intertwined economic, social and environmental challenges to take up. In line with the transition movement, possible solutions to break the deadlock would rely on collective and citizen-based initiatives. Regarding the energy transition, these citizen initiatives go … Continue reading

Testing social entrepreneurs cherished assumptions

The genesis of my research project occurred at the end of piloting my own innovation; the Community Capacity Builders Community Leadership Program (CCB CLP).  The CCB CLP is an active citizenship program based on education for sustainable development principles that embeds in government infrastructure.  The program was piloted with the City of Onkaparinga, South Australia … Continue reading

Social enterprises and ethnic minorities: A case study of the East London Olympic Boroughs

The emergence of a great number and variety of social entrepreneurial activities has taken place in the world over recent years (Defourny and Nyssens, 2010; Kerlin, 2010). The social enterprise sector has experienced considerable growth and nowadays this is at the centre of academic and political debate in Britain (Ridley-Duff and Bull, 2011). Yet, there … Continue reading

Agricultural cooperatives in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Potential drivers of rural development?

Long time ago someone wise coined a proverb that goes something like this: ‘If you want to be incrementally better: Be competitive. If you want to be exponentially better: Be cooperative.’ While it is arguable to what extend this message may hold true in the face of current institutional set up in the world of … Continue reading

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