Becoming and Being a Social Entrepreneur in Regional Australia: What Can Be Learned and Shared

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Terry, Luke and Lewis, Marian. 2018. "Becoming and Being a Social Entrepreneur in Regional Australia: What Can Be Learned and Shared." She, Eidin Ni, Burton, Lorelle J. and Danaher, Patrick Alan (ed.) Social Capital and Enterprise in the Modern State. Cham, Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 227-238
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Becoming and Being a Social Entrepreneur in Regional Australia: What Can Be Learned and Shared

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2865
Book TitleSocial Capital and Enterprise in the Modern State
AuthorsTerry, Luke (Author) and Lewis, Marian (Author)
EditorsShe, Eidin Ni, Burton, Lorelle J. and Danaher, Patrick Alan
Page Range227-238
Number of Pages12
Year2018
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
ISBN9783319681146
9783319681153
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-68115-3_11
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-68115-3_11
Abstract

This chapter reflects on the developmental journey of social entrepreneur Luke Terry and the increasing impact that his work is having in a regional Queensland community in Australia. Two strands of Luke’s early life, his flair for business and his commitment to social action, converged to provide a foundation for his becoming a social entrepreneur. His role as the executive director of the Toowoomba Clubhouse (a non-government organisation dedicated to providing people with mental illness with the opportunity to achieve their potential) has provided the context for this work. Under Luke’s guidance, a number of social ventures have created employment for Toowoomba Clubhouse members, with their success opening the way for bigger projects along with more challenges and accompanying stresses. This is no easy road. Luke’s story provides insights into what it means genuinely to bridge the gap between the two very different worlds of business and social work. It illustrates what can be achieved by bringing these different elements of the community together with a common purpose: the creation of significant social enterprises that focus on sustainable employment and the benefit of the community. The chapter also seeks to share what Luke has learned on this journey, to open up possibilities and increase understandings of what it might mean to work in this area.

KeywordsPeople with mental illness; Social action; Social enterprise; Social entrepreneur; Social procurement; Sustainable employment
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350704. Entrepreneurship
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School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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