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Partnership with the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship

Creating an Enabling Environment – Develop entrepreneurial learning, skills and culture

The Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE) is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to build thriving rural communities through igniting entrepreneurship in young people and their communities.

ACRE is currently working with RCV member councils to deliver cross sector learning via the delivery of Understanding Social Enterprise workshops. This learning program deliberately brings leaders from government, community, education and business together to have a new dialogue about sustainable approaches to building economic and social capital. This approach builds a new understanding of possibility in rural communities whilst activating (often for the first time) different sector leaders combining forces on projects.

The Understanding Social Enterprise learning program is a practical two day experience that introduces learners to the objectives, values, purpose and practice of social enterprise. This facilitator led experience provides participants with the opportunity to learn about this new enterprising model that combines the best of business with clear and purposeful social aims.

The workshop explores the social enterprise concept and a number of operating models, the challenges and opportunities inherent in the model, and what the future holds for this growing movement.

Social enterprises are becoming increasingly attractive and effective as a vehicle for organisations to sustainably generate income and deliver increased social impact within their communities.

Learning outcomes for participants include:

  • Defining the values and purpose of a social enterprise to better understand where it sits in relation to the corporate and voluntary sector
  • Exploring the opportunities and drivers such as managing a triple bottom line to understand what issues you might face in developing and managing a social enterprise
  • Using tools and resources to help plan for and assess the potential of social enterprise ideas
  • Examining the range of organisational and legal structure available to social enterprises to comprehend the variety of types of social enterprise
  • Discussing real life examples of social enterprise to deepen peoples understanding of the realities of setting up and running a social enterprise
  • Exploring the ongoing role that they may have in the sector to enable follow on from the learning program.

Want to get involved?

Express your interest in hosting an ACRE-led social enterprise workshop by contacting the RCV Secretariat.

Population Attraction and Retention Strategies for Rural Victorian Communities

Rural Victorian communities face a range of opportunities and challenges in a rapidly changing world where some significant forces are at work, including:

  • Globalisation and the rise of Asia
  • Changing demographics
  • Rapidly changing technology
  • Climate change

Issues of long-term population decline, ageing and changes brought about by shifts in patterns of agricultural production and technology represent both challenges and opportunities for rural Victorian towns and regions. Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) has a clear role to play in supporting its 38 member organisations and their communities in responding to the challenges and taking advantage of the opportunities.

This project is intended to determine drivers and barriers to population attraction and retention and economic development relevant to Victorian rural communities. It will identify a priority set of initiatives for implementation over three years towards creating stronger and more sustainable rural communities.

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