This webinar presents the evolution of a social enterprise (SE) ecosystem in Waterford, Ireland, captured through the authors’ voices as SE ecosystem stakeholders. The authors represent social enterprise owner-operators and community leaders, Waterford City & County Council and Europe Direct Waterford staff, European Social Economy Region partners, Waterford Area Partnership, and local higher education perspectives, including insights from the Social Economy Research Network of Ireland.
The authors present a visual representation of this ecosystem using the metaphor of a spiders’ web. The stories told represent an organic, ground-up approach to ecosystem development and evolution, offering practical insights for those seeking to assess and leverage local resources and capacities within a social enterprise ecosystem.
Felicity Kelliher is a Professor of Management Practice, RIKON research group School of Business, SETU Waterford. A Fulbright Scholar, Felicity has published in the Journals of: Tourism Management, Tourism Planning and Development, and Small Business and Enterprise Development, among others and has co-edited/authored three books. Her research focuses on small and micro firm management capability development, rural network engagement and the social economy.
With sincere thanks to my co-authors (Senan Cooke, Sinead O'Higgins, Liz Riches and Nicola Kent), Prix de la Délégation générale du Québec à Londres (2021-2022), the Association of Candian Studies in Ireland, the Centre for Newfoundland and Labrador Studies, SETU and my hosts at Université du Québec à Montréal.