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Stone Ridge, NY, United States
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Eco-Social Entrepreneurship

Posted by Ethan Roland over 10 years ago

In order to kick-start permaculture businesses that focus on ecological and social world-change, I've been applying for 'Social Entrepreneurship' Fellowships.

In order to kick-start permaculture businesses that focus on ecological and social world-change, I've been applying for 'Social Entrepreneurship' Fellowships.

I think there's a big shift happening in the mainstream business / corporate world right now, where people are waking up to what's happening in the world. They're turning their sites to what we can do about it, but using the same lens they're comfortable with - entrepreneurial businesses.

I think this is a great for those of us who are passionate about permaculture. It means that there is in increased flow of capital (financial, and other forms - see my upcoming article in Permaculture Magazine) available for us to start permaculture projects.

Here are two of the fellowships I've been thinking applied for recently:

• Echoing Green

• StartingBloc

Anyone else been looking at this? Any other opportunities come to mind?

 

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Nick Huggins
Nick Huggins : Sounds good Ethan. Mate, I working on a PC model called PC Business world. I sat down with Geoff Lawton last week to see how this can be adapted in to his internship. Looking at ways PC grads can set up a ethical business. I would like to get your feed back. See my post on my profile page. Nick Huggins
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Kirsten Bradley
Kirsten Bradley : We (Milkwood) are still looking for the best model for our business to make the most of these sorts of things...

At the moment though, we're just a Permaculture Business. We subscribe to the three ethics: earth care / people care / fair share, we share our profits back into the communities we work within through subsidised course places, building free aquaponics systems, funding community garden blitzes, school gardens etc etc.

We also fund intern programs and a host of other stuff, we feel this is the best way we can share and transfer knowledge and skills to others, within our capacity as a small family farm with a permaculture business attached.

In my mind, what would be best of all would be if we could just run normal businesses ethically, with tithe systems and pay-it-forward targets built in. To me, that's what a Permaculture business should be. I'm not sure we need a non-profit or SE structure to achieve what we should be doing anyway.

But like i say, we're only 3 years in on our business journey... maybe there is the perfect structure out there that could make our situation work even better - let me know what you discover, ethan!
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Kirsten Bradley
Kirsten Bradley : ew. comments loose their formatting when posted... now it just looks like a rant! :)
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Ethan Roland
Ethan Roland : No worries Kirsten - Your bright mind shines through the formatting!


I had a significant re-evaluation of my permaculture business this winter, 5 years into the journey. I realized that I did EVERYTHING Geoff Lawton invited me to do during the PDC - Started a design business, taught PDCs all over the world, organized on the local level... and yet, large-scale change was still not happening in my bioregion. I started to think, "What can I do to leverage my permaculture even further? How can I create the largest positive change?"


I'm sure I don't have the answers yet, but I think this move into the realm of eco-social entrepreneurship is part of the puzzle. I'll keep you posted as things move forward!

Ethan
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Vanessa Monge Augusto Fernandes
Vanessa Monge Augusto Fernandes : @Kristen,you and Nick are respected and admired in Australia for the way you have created Milkwood and all of the returning of surplus you do.Very inspirational,watching you grow even further will be a lesson to us all. Van
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Emily Sessoms
Emily Sessoms : Ethan, this is exactly what I am interested in pursuing. I am fascinated by both permaculture and social entrepreneurship/social business and am actually studying with the Sullivan Foundation on social entrepreneurship this summer and then doing a PDC course with the hopes of combining both great missions.

Have you read Muhammad Yunus' "Creating a World Without Poverty"? There are many different definitions of social entrepreneurship, and in my opinion, some are more aligned with what I interpret as being most environmentally/socially beneficial while others focus completely on financial profits.

I will continue to investigate this, it would be great to exchange ideas, resources, and experiences. I think these are concepts that have extraordinary potential. My e-mail is [email protected]
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Jana  Hammonds-Jennings
Jana Hammonds-Jennings : What is the outlook on this now? I'm new to permaculture and would absolutely love to be involved in this full-time.
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Jennifer Jennings
Jennifer Jennings : Ethan, Nick, and Kristen - this is exactly what I dream of in my part of south Jersey. We are a mix of urban, suburban, and rural, which gives us an unusual integration opportunity for social permaculture projects. Camden, NJ, is 20 miles from us and has huge possibilities in this area; any information to help us apply social regenerative design to this issue is a big deal. Please keep me in the loop concerning this topic. My email is [email protected] - and thanks for all your work!
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M.S. Eco-Social Design
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Teacher: Andrew Langford
Location: Gaia University International, TN, USA
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Teaching Permaculture Creatively
Type: Teacher Training
Teacher: Dave Jacke
Location: Teaching Permaculture Creatively - NH, USA
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