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The Journal of Enterprising Communities: People & Places publishes research that considers people, communities and their enterprises and how they form an inter-connected and co-evolving system, with each depending on the others for their overall effectiveness.
Increasingly, the events critical to the sustainable prosperity of people (culturally, socially, economically and environmentally), are being played out at the nexus of the local or the community level (people in places), and the trans-national level (corporations, groups and movements of the civil sector, and supranational organizations and agreements). Enterprises are the vehicles often used by communities of people in pursuit of sustainable prosperity as they define it in this context.
These enterprises are not always, or even often, businesses in the classic sense. Rather they have much broader goals, many of them social/cultural/environmental rather than economic, and they exhibit diverse forms of ownership, organization and operation. In a wide variety of places, among diverse groups of people, these efforts are succeeding. Unfortunately, in many more places and for many groups, such efforts are failing or they are not being attempted at all. The Journal of Enterprising Communities will both create and inform the debate in this exciting area of research.
Broadly speaking, works published in JEC come from the intersection of two broad areas of research: (i) development studies and (ii) entrepreneurship and venture creation studies. The common thread creating intersections is the community. Rigorously written empirical, conceptual and review papers are welcome, as are case studies.
From development studies broadly conceived, we look for submissions to examine sustainable development, bottom of the pyramid development, indigenous development, grass roots development, and the like. As well, we look for submissions that explore the mechanisms for development such as micro finance, fair trade, free trade, environment and other special branding, and so on.
From entrepreneurship and venture creation studies, we expect that the articles in JEC will explore needs and opportunity identification like social entrepreneurship and gender/ethnic/indigenous entrepreneurship. Again, we look to the explorations of entrepreneurship mechanisms such as innovation, venture planning, creation, development and management, and venture financing.
Bringing together elements of these wide areas of study, the community (broadly conceived) is the central element of all articles we publish. Examples of communities using enterprise to improve their circumstances given challenges they face include:
1. Indigenous communities particularly in resource rich remote areas
2. Communities in areas where global economic changes have destroyed their historic economic base (e.g. coal mining areas of Great Britain and the rust belt communities in the United States)
3. Communities impacted by environmental impacts related resource depletion (e.g. the loss of the Atlantic cod fishery, or the effects of climate change (e.g. rising sea levels, melting permafrost and changing weather patterns)
4. Communities struggling to prosper while maintain important non-mainstream characteristics such as religious communities (e.g. the Amish and the Hutterite), and other ethnic communities (e.g. the Basque in Spain and the Gaelic in Ireland).
5. Communities in areas emerging from conflict (e.g. South Sudan and Sri Lanka) or colonial/oppressed status (e.g. the Baltic states once part of the USSR).
6. Communities of people displaced by war and terrorism (e.g. Palestinians, Syrians, Somalis and many others)
7. Other groups who self-identify as communities based on a set of characteristic that differentiate members of the communities from non-members and pursue enterprise in the pursuit of community advancement.
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