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Cooperative Impact

Creating an environment that encourages new connections between the makers. Programs to reconnect people with their humanity so they care about people more than profit. As we build a pipeline of inspired community members it organically induces a specific type of new ideas. Rather than productivity tools we think of ways to make the quality of life better for all residing in this great nation. Connecting these budding social entrepreneurs with mentors is an imoprtant step in the process of blending a sustainable revenue model with their community-based idea. Impact investors are waiting in the wings.

In the early stage of developing a social enterprise ecosystem it is easiest to describe it as:

“Local community members who work cooperatively to create business models that tackle social problems like inequality and climate change. Members are assets to one another as they share resources, insight, and advice from respective industries.”




Researching collaborative practices


Social Enterprise Greenhouse

Social Enterprise Greenhouse creates positive social and economic impacts by supporting social entrepreneurs and enterprises with the tools and networks they need to thrive. We are a network of business and community leaders who contribute time, expertise and money to create jobs and support positive change through social enterprise.


Community Enterprise

We help communities, charities and social enterprises in the UK to make good things happen, from food initiatives and credit unions to community run sports facilities, we help organisations become more sustainable by generating income and moving away from grant funding. Our works supports the growth of confident, creative, financially stable, community organisations. Our projects include:

We have an excellent track record of preparing successful funding applications based on sound research and defined outcomes.

Run Native is an ambitious new online marketplace to showcase and sell the best of social enterprise gifts from across the UK.

SE Venues is an easy to use online search facility for ethical venues across Scotland.

BOLD, Community Enterprise’s marketing company, works with clients to target limited resources for maximum impact – whether the aim is to gain new customers, generate revenue or build support for new initiatives.


Flywheel Cinncinati

Today, Flywheel is a dynamic organization with two fundamental missions. They are:

Supporting our nonprofit clients at every stage of their development of a social enterprise.
Developing an ecosystem of resources that can help social enterprises throughout the Tri-State Area to flourish and sustain for years to come.
We enjoy partnering with a nonprofit regardless of whether it is considering a social enterprise, designing a social enterprise or already operating a social enterprise. Our clients turn to us for master-level insights regardless of where they are in the development of their venture. By accessing our knowledge of best practices and effective troubleshooting techniques, they reduce the time they spend getting from exploration to launch. As a result, they save both time and money.

At the same time, we connect them to individuals, institutions and other innovative social enterprises. They learn from their peers and share their knowledge with those organizations whose social enterprise journey is just getting underway.


Social Innovation Generation

Social Innovation Generation (SiG) is a group who believes that serious social problems can be solved. Our focus is on fostering social innovation to achieve impact, durability and scale by engaging the creativity and resources of all sectors.

Social Innovation Generation (SiG) seeks to address Canada’s social and ecological challenges by creating a culture of continuous social innovation. Our focus will be on social innovation that has the potential for impact, durability and scale.


Idea Village

Founded in 2000, The Idea Village is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to identify, support and retain entrepreneurial talent in New Orleans. The Idea Village has solidified its position as a leading driver of entrepreneurship. Over the last 12 years, the organization has provided direct support to over 3,000 New Orleans entrepreneurs by engaging over 2,400 professionals to allocate 72,295 consulting hours and $3.45 million in seed capital. Collectively, this portfolio generates over $100 million in annual revenue and has created well over 2,000 jobs for the New Orleans community.


Social Enterprise Alliance

Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) is the champion for social enterprise in the United States. Our aim is for social enterprise to reach its full potential as a force for positive social change, in service to the common good. To achieve this purpose, we provide social enterprises with the tools and resources they need to succeed, and work on building an optimal environment in which they can thrive.


Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School

The Skoll Centre is a leading academic entity for the advancement of social entrepreneurship worldwide. We foster innovative social transformation through education, research, and collaboration


Southern New England Education Training Hall :: SNEETH

SNEETH provides an intersection of tutoring and private education. The model involves squads of students over a given term; a decentralized classroom approach of inquiry, dialogue, and critical assessment. We develop writing and public-speaking skills through dynamic, experiential assignments and challenges, including family inclusion and societal critique. In short, something fundamentally new [and fun!] in education.
I created these techniques while teaching Composition and Literature at CCRI and several other educational settings.

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