You’ve heard the term ‘social enterprise ecosystem’, so what is it?

Basically, an ecosystem is a collection of parts that are connected. What’s the point of it? Why the exclusive language? Normal businesses connect and we don’t refer to them as having an ecosystem. However, the point is to connect, to learn from, and to share.

In the social enterprise space, we use the term ecosystem; in business we use ‘networks and enablers’; in a community, we might say ‘sharing or collaborations’.

Using such exclusive language excludes people who have been doing social enterprise by another name for decades. Church op shops and farmers markets, for example.

As social enterprise has become more recognised, we’ve created a language for it – human behaviour, we fit to belong to our tribe. You don’t have to use the language to have a voice in this space.

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