Social Enterprise Coalition
Over three months in 2010 I was given a privileged invitation into the world of social enterprise.
In my work I have tried to portray individuals involved in social enterprise within their own environments, shown in a soft moment of connection with the lens.
The people I met were motivated individuals creating mini movements in their area, something to serve a need in their community, a generosity that should be celebrated.
It seems almost impossible to make generalisations about social enterprise as it is such a diverse world. One of its most progressive aspects is the reinvesting of profits into communities rather than shareholders or owners. This strikes me asa healthy and balanced way of shaping industry, if people feel the purpose of their work is to improve their own lives rather than make money for others then they become engaged with what they are doing. It’s heartening to see this kind of thinking prosper in Scotland.
At the centre of social enterprise is a desire for fairness and inclusion for everyone within a community. Often they deal with the unwanted people, things or problems in life, and in doing so show the value everybody can offer given the right environment. This is not an easy task for those involved, they have to balance up the ‘social’ with the ‘enterprise’ a task the private sector might not have the patience for.
There is value that doesn’t appear on the ledger at the end of the financial year; satisfied people, transformed lives, strengthened communities and purpose. People are achieving this whilst guaranteeing its stability and sustainability by keeping an eye on the bottom line. I can think of no better time for social enterprise to spread and for us to listen to the experience of the pioneers I have met though this journey.
- Aly Wight
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