Inner City Renovation

How a Social Enterprise Changes Lives and Communities

By Marty Donkervoort  Foreword by Jack Quarter  

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Inner City Renovation (ICR) is a much-heralded social enterprise in Winnipeg’s North End which has become an example of the potential for social enterprises to support people living on society’s margins and engage them in a productive livelihood. This book, written by former ICR general manager and board member Marty Donkervoort, documents the impacts this social enterprise has had on its employees and the community and reflects on the capacity of social enterprises as an alternative to corporate capitalist enterprises.

“This book gives an insight into personal leadership, enterprising solutions and value creation, making it as relevant to practitioners engaged in social enterprise, urban regeneration and community empowerment as it is to policy makers and students with an interest in social responsibility.”

— Gerry Higgins, Founder, Social Enterprise World Forum

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  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Part I: The Social Enterprise
  • Set Up and Management
  • Part II: Working at ICR
  • Changing Employees’ Lives
  • Employee Journeys
  • From Corporate Honcho to Social Justice Worker
  • Part III: Social and Political Issues
  • Renewing Communities
  • Impact on the Broader Community
  • Part IV: Context and Role
  • The Social Economy
  • Outcomes and Learnings
  • Challenges and Opportunities
  • Postscript
  • Appendices
  • References
  • Index


  • Marty Donkervoort

    Marty Donkervoort is a leader in community economic development, a past director of the Canadian Worker Co-op Federation and the Worker Ownership Development Foundation, and a founding member of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada.

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