On October 11 Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew launched the new report Social Enterprise and Social Finance: A Path to Growth, which shows that social enterprises have significant potential to deliver positive social and environmental outcomes for New Zealand.  To read the report go to$file/SESF-Strategic-Group-report.pdf

Worldwide social enterprises are growing – and they are being used (amongst other things) to create alternative, community-based learning, training and employment opportunities – at the same time supporting sustainable community development.

It's been announced the World Social Enterprise Forum will be held in Christchurch next year.

On October 12 National Radio’s Nine to Noon host Kathryn Ryan interviewed two of the people who helped write that report, Michelle Sharp from Kilmarnock Enterprises and Alex Hannant from the Akina Foundation. For the podcast go to

Maybe the ACE sector needs to think about social enterprise more? Who knows what the level of government funding will be in the future and philanthropic funding is ever more competitive. And we do know that many jobs will disappear.