We’ve been working this year to develop a plan for delivering training and resources to you and to curate the best learning and practices we can to ensure that your discernment and planning around social enterprise and economic development is as solid as possible.
For three years we have hosted an intense and interactive seminar on social enterprise at Midwinter called Business in the Neighborhood. These sessions lay a theological, missional and practical foundation for the work we are all in together. We are excited to announce that those sessions are now available for free online! Click here to access the training from 2019 Business in the Neighborhood. These are a good 1.0 introduction to the vision for social enterprise. We hope to continue to fill out our training page with new and curated content that helps you learn while you are in your context.
In our experience though, nothing substitutes for immersive learning. On that front, we want to make mention to two different opportunities that we are particularly excited about. First, this year at Midwinter (Chicago), replacing our standard Business in the Neighborhood, we will have an opportunity to ‘GO and SEE’ social enterprise and economic development projects in action! Be sure to register for Midwinter and sign up for the CovEnterprises ‘GO and SEE’ because it will be a fantastic opportunity to visit practitioners on the ground in their context and learn from them directly.
Secondly, a long time leader in enterprise and economic development in the Christian Community Development world is FCS Ministries and the Lupton Center in Atlanta. We recently featured Director of the Lupton Center, Shawn Duncan, on the CovEnterprises podcast (did you know we had a podcast? Check it out on your favorite podcast platform). Each year, they host immersive Open House training events in their neighborhood of South Atlanta. I’ve been through many trainings and this is one of the best trainings I’ve experienced hands down. You can follow this link to register and this link to learn more about their work.
Lastly, we are in the beginning stages of planning a social enterprise and economic development summit. We hope to host an ECC centered (although anyone is welcome!) immersion that gets to the 2.0-3.0 level sometime in late 2019 or 2020. Our aim is to bring together practitioners who want to engage local practitioners, collaborate and share best practices with others, and iron out strategies for use in the local context. Stay tuned!
There is a lot on the horizon for CovEnterprises on the training and content side of things. We are glad to be on the journey with you!