Guest Blog Post – Social Enterprise & Civil Society

Here are some excerpts from a recent guest Blog Post on Social Enterprise and its impact on Civil Society that I wrote last month for Capacity for Change . . .

“… The Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership asked me to write a guest Blog post on Social Enterprise as part of the lead in to the Marin Consultant Network’s Brown Bag lunch conversation, …

… “Social Enterprise” just seemed too small a term to encompass the breadth and complexity of … [the topic]

… a tectonic shift in the social contract underpinning our Civil Society…

…we now have a blurry, shifting landscape of entities blending multiple purposes within one organizing structure…

… But will a society, shifting around under a new beanbag support system still be civil? Or, … will we lose our common framework to such an extent that we lose our shared vision of, and commitment to, the common good?

… What is the new social contract …

So I say…  “I think you’re looking too narrowly at the problem.” …  “I think you’re looking too narrowly at the solution.” …  “Please be careful, think deeply, look widely, and consider the 7th generation impact of your actions. What’s at stake is nothing less than the future of our Civil (or not) Society.”

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