|About the Book|
How Communities Heal tells the stories of a unique group of New Zealand social entrepreneurs who are bringing insight, entrepreneurship and practical hope to our social and environmental challenges. The book profiles the personal stories of theseMoreHow Communities Heal tells the stories of a unique group of New Zealand social entrepreneurs who are bringing insight, entrepreneurship and practical hope to our social and environmental challenges. The book profiles the personal stories of these innovators, and looks at the projects and programmes they are creating. Each profile includes photographs of the entrepreneurs and their projects, as well as scenes from their participation in the retreats of the New Zealand Social Entrepreneur Fellowship. How Communities Heal also has a series of articles from vivian Hutchinson on entrepreneurship and innovation, and the tools and ideas that are helping make these projects happen.How Communities Heal covers a wide spectrum of social change initiatives. Chapters include: transforming the community sector with innovation and entrepreneurship- creating affordable housing developments for low-income families- improving the design of homes so that they can work well for people of every age, stage and ability- creating a creating a Pacific style of mentoring programmes for young people- setting up a national campaign to rethink our attitudes on the issues of criminal justice and prison reform- social marketing to foster better parenting skills and address family violence- reframing problem gambling from an addictions issue to a social justice issue- fighting for community control of the waste stream- addressing and preventing inner-city homelessness- inspiring churches and communities to take practical action on poverty- evaluating and measuring innovative projects- re-examining how we think about diversity and disability in our communities- establishing community-owned enterprises and rebuilding the economic base of rural towns- creating a better partnership between social entrepreneurs and philanthropy- ensuring that all young people have opportunities to learn and work- leading a strategy of community and economic development in Pacific Island communities- demonstrating how the principles of co-housing, eco-architecture and permaculture lead to social and environmental sustainability- and awakening more active citizenship and generous engagement in our communities.