Living in the Cracks

Apr 16, 2006 Comments Off on Living in the Cracks by

by Nadia Johanisova

Living in the CracksA Look at Rural Social Enterprises in Britain and the Czech RepublicA Look at Rural Social Enterprises in Britain and the Czech Republic

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Living-and often thriving-in the cracks between the business world and the state system is an amazing variety of organisations which, according to some economists, theoretically shouldn’t exist. That’s because their goal is not to make profits but to meet social needs which both the market and government either can’t meet nearly as well or have totally ignored.

There’s not even a good collective name for these organisations, although Third Sector is often used and causes most people’s eyes to glaze over. Yet, as this book shows, all human life is there. Based on dozens of interviews with people who have set up and run these organisations, it shows how their struggle to carry their ideals forward has led to lives with more joy, fulfilment and satisfaction than is normally found in commercial life or the civil service.

But the book has a far greater importance than that. By comparing and contrasting the organisations she visited in Britain with those in the Czech Republic, Nadia Johanisova is able to establish just what is so valuable about them and how they can be helped to multiply and flourish.

In a world increasingly dominated by giant companies for whom communities mean nothing, and in which the state sector is constrained by limited budgets and tight rules, organisations such as those described here are going to be needed everywhere if we are not to have major gaps in our lives and
in the services available to us. Written in an entertaining personal style, this book will not only inspire and guide many of those who will decide to meet those needs but will also enable them to get in touch with some of the pioneers mentioned in its pages.

Contents

FOREWORD by Richard Douthwaite and Andrew Simms
A PERSONAL INTRODUCTION AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
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1 SOCIAL ENTERPRISE: WHAT IS IT?
1.1 A country tale from East and West
1.2 Definition(s) of social enterprise: a quest for pigeonholes
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2 OTHER ECONOMIES: A QUICK PLUNGE INTO THE PAST Download in PDF format
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3 WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON THERE?
3.1 What do the social enterprises actually do?
3.2 The people behind the projects
3.3 A look on the inside: Structure and governance
3.4 Finding the muscle: Financial and other survival strategies
of social enterprises
3.5 A threat to the small? The perceived challenges
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4 LEARNING FROM EACH OTHER: A PEEK INTO THE FUTURE? Download in PDF format
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SUMMARY Download in PDF format
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REFERENCES
APPENDICES
Appendix 1 Methods used and areas covered
Appendix 2 Questions asked in interviews in both countries
Appendix 3 Maps of Britain and the Czech Republic showing
locations of projects
Appendix 4 Brief descriptions, contact details and page index
of projects
Appendix 5 Categorisation of projects in terms of social enterprise
definitions
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Living in the Cracks: A Look at Rural Social Enterprises in Britain and the Czech Republic

About the author

Caroline Whyte has been involved with Feasta since 2002. She studied ecological economics at Mälardalen University in Sweden, writing a masters thesis on the relationship between central banking and sustainability. She contributed to Feasta's books Fleeing Vesuvius and Sharing for Survival. Along with four other Feasta climate group members she helped to launch the CapGlobalCarbon initative at the COP-21 summit in Paris in December 2015. In February 2017 she participated in the World Basic Income conference in Manchester, discussing the potential for climate action to contribute to reducing poverty and inequality worldwide. She lives in central France, from where she edits the Feasta website.

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