Enterprises that Change Lives explains how, in the 21st century, self-help enterprises need to be run so that they achieve their purpose and meet the real needs of their members. It defines the model of enterprise required, sets-out the systems and the culture needed to ensure that they are fully capable of achieving their purpose. The book doesn’t advocate doctrinaire approaches, instead, supplies the essential concepts and tools needed to transform how SHEs are organized and managed.
The main purpose of this book is to help leaders think-through the issues involved so that they can make better decisions. Without the essential method of organization and the systems required, it’s highly unlikely that even the most enthusiastic leaders will make a success of their enterprises.
The book takes account of centuries of international know-how, identifying those ‘foundation practices’ that sustain this form of enterprise. The book also explains why individuals, communities and nations need SHEs if they are to thrive in today’s world. It also specifies what policymakers, community-developers and academics can do to help grow and sustain them.