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Australian Social Enterprise Stories

7 April 2011 at 10:51 am
Staff Reporter
A new book has been launched to provide a vehicle for Australian social enterprise practitioners to tell their stories and share their learning.

Staff Reporter | 7 April 2011 at 10:51 am


Australian Social Enterprise Stories
7 April 2011 at 10:51 am

The Centre for Social Impact and Parramatta City Council in NSW have launched ‘Australian Social Enterprises: Stories of Challenge’, a new book which aim to share learning between Australia’s social entrepreneurs.

The book is authored by CSI academic and former politician Cheryl Kernot and Joanne McNeill, the Community Capacity Building Officer Social Enterprise at Parramatta City Council and
is a vehicle for Australian social enterprise practitioners to tell their stories.

Social enterprises are businesses trading for social, environmental and/or cultural purposes and, as a business model, are gaining attention globally, particularly in the UK, Canada and the US.

The book provides a snapshot of perspectives from Australian social entrepreneurs on their own and their organisations’ experiences.

It is based on face-to-face interviews with thirty-three organisations between September 2009 and February 2010 were conducted in researching the book.

The social enterprises that participated are:

Abbotsford Convent Biddy Bags 
Break Out Design Print Web Charcoal Lane 
Cleanable Property Service cool nrg 
Eaglehawk Recycle Shop Food Connect
Gideon Shoes Golarri Media Enterprises 
Human Ventures Mars Hill Cafe
Message Stick Group  MultiLink Interpreting Service 
Mu’ooz Eritrean Restaurant & Catering Nundah Community Enterprise Co-op
Our Community Outlook Environmental 
Penny Farthings Pushbike  Parking Property Plus Group 
Reverse Garbage (Bris) Sorghum Sisters 
Spectrum Employment Services Co-op StrEAT
Suited for Work The Big Issue In Australia 
Tree House Recycling Urban Renewal Landscape & Construction
VibeWire Youth Workventures ITEC Repair Centre










The book was launched by the Minister for Human Services and Social Inclusion, Tanya Plibersek, at an event in Sydney on April 5th, 2011. 

The book will soon be available from the Parramatta City Council website or from the Centre for Social Impact website.


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