Inner City Renovation: How a Social Enterprise Changes Lives and Communities

Inner City Renovations

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Marty Donkervoort

Year: 2013

”This book gives an insight into personal leadership, enterprising solutions and value creation, making it as relevant to practitioners engaged in social enterprise, urban regeneration and community empowerment as it is to policy makers and students with an interest in social responsibility.”
— Gerry Higgins, Founder, Social Enterprise World Forum

Inner City Renovations (ICR) is a much-lauded social enterprise in Winnipeg’s North End which has become an example of the potential for social enterprises to support people living on society’s margins and engage them in a productive livelihood. This book, written by former ICR general manager and board member Marty Donkervoort, documents the impacts this social enterprise has on its employees and on their community and reflects on the capacity of social enterprises as an alternative to corporate capitalism.

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Part I: The Social Enterprise
     Set Up and Management
Part II: Working at ICR
     Changing Employees’ Lives
     Employee Journeys
     From Corporate Honcho to Social Justice Worker
Part III: Social and Political Issues
     Renewing Communities
     Impact on the Broader Community
Part IV: Context and Role
     The Social Economy
     Outcomes and Learnings
     Challenges and Opportunities