HOW COMMUNITIES HEAL tells the stories of a unique group of New Zealand social entrepreneurs who are bringing insight, entrepreneurship and practical hope to our social and environmental challenges. The book profiles the personal stories of these innovators, and looks at the projects and programmes they are creating. Each profile includes photographs of the entrepreneurs and their projects, as well as scenes from their participation in the retreats of the New Zealand Social Entrepreneur Fellowship.
HOW COMMUNITIES HEAL also has a series of articles from vivian Hutchinson on entrepreneurship and innovation, and the tools and ideas that are helping make these projects happen.
This book shows how the NZSEF fellowship members can, have, and are making a difference ... and yes, so can we! Rodger Smith, Auckland community worker
It is amazing to follow the stories and be moved and touched by the courage and ingenuity of these inspired social entrepreneurs ... They are part of a social movement which is harnessing the creativity and entreprneuership of individual citizens to make the world a better place to live. KK Tse, Hong Kong Social Entrepreneurship Forum
This book gives us hope that our own work will make a difference. It shows the importance of questions and conversations in shaping new possibiltiies ... and it illustrates the need for co-operation, collaboration and peer support in achieving fundamental social change. Elaine Gill, Taranaki social entrepreneur and Chair of TSB Bank Board
About this author
vivian Hutchinson QSM is a community activist and social entrepreneur, and a citizen of Taranaki. He has been the co-founder and organiser of the New Zealand Social Entrepreneur Fellowship, and a trustee of the Social Innovation Investment Group.
Hutchinson has been one of the pioneers in community-based action for jobs in New Zealand, especially in establishing programmes for the support and education of unemployed people. He was a founder of the Taranaki Work Trust, the Skills of Enterprise Business Courses, the Jobs Research Trust, The Jobs Letter, and the New Zealand Mayors Taskforce for Jobs. As an adviser, Hutchinson has helped with the establishment of enterprise and economic development units at a local authority level, and the creation of government employment agencies and programmes.
He is also a co-founder of the Heart Politics Gatherings, the Stewardship Learning Community, Taranaki ChangeMakers and Community Taranaki.
For more information see www.vivianhutchinson.org.nz.