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David J. Maurrasse

With more than 5.3 million inhabitants, Victoria is the second most populous state in Australia. For the Victorian government, public participation plays a central role in government decision making and developing effective strategies, programs, and projects. According to the Victorian Auditor Generals Office, public participation is embedded or supported in key pieces of Victorian legislation because it makes good sense and is consistent with a system where governments spend public funds to benefit the community.

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David J. Maurrasse

This context brings us to future opportunities for community partnerships. Between the pandemic's exacerbation of existing inequities and the increasingly apparent impacts of climate change, much more will be expected of community partnerships. In fact, much more will be expected of the nonprofit sector, philanthropy, and government in particular. Leadership has always played an important role in community partnerships, especially because these formations require intentional effort. They don't naturally emerge. They are unconventional. The leadership of philanthropy has played a crucial role in the development of most of the community partnerships profiled herein. Philanthropy brings the flexibility and resources for innovative thinking. This kind of thinking will be quite significant into the future, as we will be challenged to consider what it will take to actually solve pressing social problems.

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David J. Maurrasse

Community partnerships are distinct from traditional conceptions of public/private partnerships. Community partnerships are uniquely contextual. They are comprised of various institutions emerging from a locality's particular ecosystem of organizations across sectors. Community partnerships tend to include some variation of types of nongovernmental organization.

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David J. Maurrasse

This important book focuses on particular aspects of the development and implementation of community partnerships based in – and focused – on neighborhoods, municipalities, and regions. Throughout the book, David J. Maurrasse stresses the importance of philanthropy and representation from different types of organizations across public, private, and nongovernmental spectrums.
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David J. Maurrasse

Considering how these partnerships achieve success, effective community partnerships are mission-driven. With a sense of a defined mission, community partnerships have clear goals and a mutual set of beliefs among partners. This enables smoother working processes with less incidence of conflicting priorities. Indeed, conflicting priorities are always present, but successful partnerships leverage a clear mission in order to transcend competing interests. Effective partnerships not only convene institutions around mutual interests, they design their work in service of partners' commonalities.

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Jennifer M. Walske, Elizabeth Foster and Laura D. Tyson

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Scaling the Social Enterprise

Lessons Learned from Founders of Social Startups

Jennifer M. Walske, Elizabeth Foster and Laura D. Tyson

Scaling the Social Enterprise is an ideal text for courses that focus on social entrepreneurship and social innovation, at either the graduate or undergraduate level. Common themes across high growth social startups discussed in the book include:   • building and modifying a management team for growth • creating and maintaining a dynamic stakeholder network • choosing corporate form and funders • moving from idea to pilot, to roll-out, and pivots along the way • the importance of media magic in building a brand • developing and refining one’s value chain • the pivotal role of technology in scaling   Featuring high profile, high growth social startups including Fair Trade USA, Revolution Foods, Sanergy, Kiva, d.light, Back to the Roots, and Grameen America, the chapter on funding social startups also profiles social funders such as Bridges Fund Management and Better Ventures, amongst others.
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Edited by Satu Teerikangas, Tiina Onkila, Katariina Koistinen and Marileena Mäkelä

This innovative Research Handbook answers crucial questions about how individuals and organisations can make a difference towards sustainability. Offering an integrative perspective on sustainability agency, it reviews individual, active, organisational and relational forms of sustainability agency, demonstrating the capacity of individuals and organisations to act toward sustainable futures.