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This is the home page for the Social Enterprise research program of the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (CPNS) at QUT. Here you will find resources for both practitioners and researchers working in the areas of social enterprise, social entrepreneurship and social innovation. These include original resources developed by the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, as well as relevant news, tools, policy developments and events from Australia and around the world.

Upcoming events

CFP: Conference on Social Innovation University of Twente, October 12, 2011

Call for contributions: Tenth International Conference of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) July 10th-13th 2012

Social Enterprise Workshop & Forum June 14 2011 at University of Tasmania  More information

Social Enterprise Forum June 23 2011:Registration and program available here

Call for papers: Voluntary Sector Review

Social Enterprise Journal: call for papers. Critiquing dominant discourses of social enterprise Deadline 30th November 2011

Call for papers - Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference (SIERC) ^SIERC Call for papers.pdf

Call for papers EMES - "The Possibilities and Limits of Social Economy: What the Facts Show"
Call for applications: EURICSE post doctoral fellowship programme

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Social enterprise news

A suite of resources for coopeartives

The Westpac Foundation is giving the opportunity for women in social enterprise/not-for-profit to be awarded the inaugural Mary Reibey Grant of $50,000. Applications are due 1st December 2011. CheckMary Reiby Grant for more information.

ICICI 2011 International Conference on Indicators and Concepts of Innovation 19th - 21st September 2011

Up and coming conferences: Euricse (European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises)

Grog with a social conscience?

The Age, April 29, 2010 - Australia's first community-owned wind farm signs contract to begin construction

Updated annotated bibliography of academic journals and other sources relating to social enterprise now available Academic resources & publications

Social procurement and its implications for social enterprise : a literature review (Working Paper No. CPNS48)now available online.

Finding Australia's Social Enterprise Sector website launched. Help us find Australia's social enterprises.

Social Traders welcomes Productivity Commission's report on the not for profit sector / Media Release / 30 November 2009

_Third Sector Review_invites critically informed articles on social and community enterprise, social entrepreneurship and social innovation for the upcoming special edition on Social Enterprise and Social Innovation. Deadline for abstracts 6 November 2009.

Not-for-profit consortium looking to buy ABC Learning child care centres / The Australian / 28 October 2009

Nonprofit boards, finance and deductible gifts. QUT CPNS podcast #36 with Dr Gavin Nicholson (QUT), Bernie Morgan (Community Development Finance Association, UK), Associate Professor Jo Barraket (QUT) and Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes (QUT) / 1 July 2009

GROW Sydney ACC releases report: Towards a Social Enterprise Strategy for Greater Sydney / 23 June 2009

Agents of change / The Australian / 19 June 2009

Coffee Company blends jobs with a social purpose/ The Age newspaper / 30 May 2009

Report on recent social enterprise summit released by UK Cabinet Office (Office of the Third Sector).

Finding Australia's Social Enterprise Sector project in the news.

New guide on social return on investment launched in the UK.

Social enterprise blurs the boundaries between nonprofit and profit for purpose activities. The Productivity Commission is currently seeking submissionsto its review of the Not for Profit Sector, including the impacts of developments in social enterprise on the sector.

CPNS research student, Joanne McNeill, reports on the ways the public sector can support social enterprise, as part of her Churchill Fellowship study tour of developments in the UK, US and Canada.

Australian government commits $150 million to social enterprise/ The Australian / 6 April 2009

Why credit unions are a good bet in bad times / Sydney Morning Herald / 28 March 2009

Emerging markets, emerging models: Market-based solutions challenge global poverty / Monitor Group / 26 March 2009

Social capital beats casino capitalism/ Sydney Morning Herald / 6 March 2009

Is there bravery enough to slay the gnashing beast of profit? / Sydney Morning Herald / 1 January 2009

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