The Prospects for Scale


The Development Wheel Project was too brief to witness the launch of social enterprises. However, it unearthed valuable information about how we create infrastructure supportive of social enterprise development: organizations and public policies on which social enterprises depend for finance, training, technical assistance, and research services.

Social enterprise happens in, and serves, communities. As a result, services supplied at the provincial level or by outside experts can't offer the local knowledge, relationships, or day-to-day effort that this work entails. In Ontario, it was regional intermediaries who used the Development Wheel to establish a consistent approach to social enterprise development within and between communities.

In B.C., participants had more experience with social enterprise development. They had their own tools and approaches, and narrower mandates - but very firm, measurable outcomes in mind for their labours.

What will happen now? From her research in the U.S., Lizbeth Schorr (Common Purpose, 1998) learned seven lessons about the right way to scale up socio-economic innovation. These seven attributes serve as "a crystal ball" in which we can glimpse the prospects for the growth of systems of social enterprise development in Ontario and B.C.

Are we any closer to a working system of social enterprise development?
Colussi, Michelle
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