Published: 19th Jun 2015

My last case study area on my exploration of American cities has been Providence. Located in the north east in the state of Rhode Island, this city has a creative and hip feel to it. The downtown area is compact and walkable, the river area clean and rejuvenated, there is a proliferation of vintage stores and independent retail and micro-breweries, and incubation of social enterprise and new ideas is shaping the response to economic decline and indeed opportunity. Nowhere is that more evident than my host organisation, the Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SE Greenhouse). It’s a unique space in which aspiring social entrepreneurs can meet and shape ideas, a place in which a number of social enterprises are located, and where SE Greenhouse provide their workshops, enterprise acceleration programme, and mentoring activities. In addition to social enterprise development and support, the SE Greenhouse are also seeking to influence the social responsibility … (To read the full article, subscribe below)