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Creating Space for Communities: Social Enterprise and the Bright Side of Social Capital


  • Silvia Sacchetti

    () (The Open University Business School, Faculty of Business and Law, Department of Public Leadership and Social Enterprise)

  • Colin Campbell

    () (Assist Social Capital CIC)


TIn this work we provide an interpretative framework opposing two types of community models, one where community assets are used to pursue exclusive interests even at the detriment of wider social interests (the “community failure” model), and one based on relations that use assets to uncover and provide answers to community needs (the “community ownership” model). We focus on two social enterprise projects, one on arts and one on health, and assess how they contribute to create community ownership as opposed to community failure. Specifically we regard social enterprises, their values and networks of cooperation as assets of a community or as reservoirs of pro-social and cooperative attitudes that are able to create connectivity and engender flexible responses to community evolving needs. From this angle, social enterprises can be seen as spaces (both physical and immaterial) which support individuals and communities in developing opportunities through activities of various nature as a response to community needs. The creation and use of space from this point of view is a reflection of specific values such as cooperation and the public interest.

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  • Silvia Sacchetti & Colin Campbell, 2015. "Creating Space for Communities: Social Enterprise and the Bright Side of Social Capital," Journal of Entrepreneurial and Organizational Diversity, European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises, vol. 3(2), pages 32-48, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:trn:csnjrn:v:3:i:2:p:32-48

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    cooperation; social capital; social enterprise; inclusive space; community welfare;

    JEL classification:

    • L2 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior
    • L3 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise
    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics
    • I14 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Inequality


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