An Army of Problem Solvers: Reconciliation and the Solutions Economy

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Shaun Loney with Will Braun

Year: 2016

First Nations reconciliation has to include rebuilding local economies. Problem solvers such as social enterprises, social entrepreneurs and the small farm movement are demonstrating we can tackle society’s most stubborn problems affordably. How do we reinvent government to make it all happen?

About the Author

Shaun Loney, a longtime member of the Canadian CED Network, is an Ashoka Fellow (first in Canadian Prairies) and Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year (2014). He has co-founded and mentored 11 social enterprises including BUILD Inc (2011 Scotia Bank EcoLiving Green Business of the year and 2013 Manitoba Apprenticeship Employer of the Year). Shaun was Director of Energy Policy for the Government of Manitoba (2002-2008 and political advisor to Gary Doer’s NDP (1997-2002).

Praise for Shaun Loney and An Army of Problem Solvers 

“Our Elders are recognizing social enterprises from back when our communities were healthy. Aki Energy is transforming Manitoba’s North, one nation at a time.” Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO)

“This book offers us a way of being involved in ‘pimatisiwin’ (fullness of life) and can address our learned dependency.” Very Rev. Stan McKay, Cree Elder and Former Moderator of the United Church of Canada

“Changemaking 101 by one of Canada’s leading changemakers.” Barb Steele, Executive Director of Ashoka Canada

Table of Contents

PREFACE – Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson
1. The Upside of Down: Confessions of an Ex-bureaucrat
2. Who are the Problem Solvers? How the Solutions Economy Works
3. Economic Reconciliation: Re-imagining Indigenous Economics
4. Food for Change: An Example of Connecting Problem Solvers with Problems
5. Power Up: Energy and Employment Solutions for First Nations
6. Growing Solutions: Diversifying the Food System to Curb Health and Other Costs
7. Correcting the Corrections System: An Employment Solution to an Expensive Crime Problem
8. Making Money, Making Change: Social Entrepreneurs
9. Measuring Change: A ‘Seven Generations’ Economy
10. On Uber and Complementary Currencies: Modern Tools for Old Problems
11. Reinventing Government: A Word to Bureaucrats and Politicians
12. The End of Welfare: The Case for a Cost-Neutral Basic Income Guarantee
13. A $15 per Hour Minimum Wage: Full-Time Work Should Pay the Bills
14. Agree to Agree: Transforming the Political Spectrum
CONCLUSION – An Army of Problem Solvers