Enterprising New Worlds: Social Enterprise and the Value of Repair

Article by Isaac Lyne and Anisah Madden

Social enterprises are revenue generating for-purpose (as opposed to for-profit) businesses whose objective is to generate social value. They are businesses in which any net returns are put back into expanding the social value they create, such as employment of long term unemployed or people with disabilities, or environmental clean-up. Social value includes any benefits to society that might not otherwise be created (Ryan & Lyne 2008). In this chapter we seek to extend the bounds of thinking about the benefit that social enterprises create to show how they might contribute to societal change at the deep level of healing and learning to live well together on this planet (Gibson, Rose & Fincher 2015). We discuss how what we call ‘social enterprising’ plays a role in the work of social and ecological repair in two decolonizing contexts. The conventional literature on social enterprise provides a grounding from which we develop a critical and, we hope, creative new perspective on the possibilities for social enterprise in a damaged world.

Title of Journal / Edit Volume, incl. names of editors:
Gibson-Graham, J.K. and Domborski, K. (Eds) “Handbook of Diverse Economies”

Isaac Lyne

Research Area:
Green Futures, General Environmental Humanities


Academic, Citizen Humanities

United Kingdom

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