“Social and Solidarity Economy: the World’s Economy with a Social Face” 

This book aims to provide the reader with an insight into the relevance of a section of the economy, which is often referred to as the ‘social and solidarity economy’ (SSE); and highlight some of the current issues in the field, how they are being addressed and some of their future implications.

Using case studies from around the world, this book ‘Social and Solidarity Economy: The World’s Economy With a Social Face’ provides an up-to-date account of the strengths and weaknesses of these initiatives across four continents including issues that have not been researched sufficiently before (e.g. circular economy, social propaganda and its dangers, social enterprise as a panacea for NGOs in developing countries, and ‘new’ social movements).

There is growing interest in SSE initiatives among policymakers, foundations, researchers and academic institutions around the world. Despite this interest, SSE related research remains scarce. There are concerned that SSE initiatives, which contribute significantly to their local communities’ development, need to be more widely disseminated amongst the general public. The Social and Solidarity Economy: The World’s Economy With a Social Face will help promote the ground-breaking work being done by organisations and individuals but which remain undocumented and help to raise awareness of such initiatives as well as contribute to academia with a critical approach to the sector covering issues that have not been covered much before, such as the circular economy and the dangers of social propaganda.

Aimed at researchers, academics and policy makers in the fields of Social Enterprise, CSR, Tourism, International Economics as well as supporting disciplines ‘Social and Solidarity Economy: The World’s Economy With a Social Face’ looks to establish and help define the field.

Based on four years of fieldwork and visits to more than a hundred social enterprises in thirty-four countries worldwide, Dr Sara Calvo and Andres Morales uncover the stories of social and solidarity economy initiatives using visual research to collect the data.

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If you know us, then you know that Minca does not rest. We work, we create, we plan, we travel, we bring people together and we also teach. It may come as no surprise to you that we are entirely devoted to social enterprises and to spreading the message while we’re at it. No idea what we’re on about?

We’ve paired up with Future Learn to bring you an online free Social Enterprise Course. Ever wondered what it takes to launch and run a sustainable social enterprise, or how to turn a simple idea into action? We’ve created the perfect, flexible program for you to learn more about the diverse world of social enterprise.

The Social Enterprise program that consists of three online courses has been done in collaboration with Middlesex University Business School and the Jindal Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship in New Delhi and funded by the British Council. If you’re a student, entrepreneur, charity, working professional or simply interested in what you can do for the greater good, then you’ve come to the right place. By the end of the course you will be able to evaluate your social enterprise idea, design its model and apply it to the market, assess sources of funding and measure impact. What is more, you will understand the legal and marketing considerations and how to successfully grow a sustainable business.

As you’ve probably figured out, this course is a must for anyone who wants to understand how to scale and sustain a social enterprise – not an easy job without the knowledge and support. That’s why we developed an approachable, easy to follow and valuable information-packed course; it includes a mix of theory, practical information and case studies from all around the globe that Living in Minca has visited and worked with to guide you on the path to changing the world step-by-step. You can also maximise your learning by engaging with other learners to touch on key concepts and ideas.

The three courses are accessible for free on desktop, tablet or mobile and by tuning in to us and to many experts and practitioners worldwide, you will develop your own set of social enterprise skills. So look no further. We’ve got you covered. So far, more than 20,000 learners from +180 countries have taken these courses.

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