Before I starting working for Sustainability Connections I had very little knowledge on what a social enterprise was and how it worked. However having working with SC now for 6 months I can really see the impact that social enterprises have on communities and bringing about social change.
As an activist myself I believe that social change comes about through grass root campaigns, and although the changes might start off small and seem insignificant they will always make an impact on the community you are working with and there will always be like-minded people like you who also want to bring social change and make an impact on their community which I believe to be very important.
Sure it’s great to have politicians in power who sometimes do get policies you want through but sometimes they can also fail you. Social enterprises such as Sustainability Connections empower people who often do not feel like they have a voice in society and gives them a voice and the opportunity to improve their own community through grass-root campaigning. This is largely true for women specifically, who due to societal barriers may find themselves cut out of the ‘male, pale and stale’ politics of today, allowing social enterprises to give women and those who may feel cut out of today’s politics the voice they deserve to have and the ability to make a change that no-one else has managed yet.
Sustainability connections is a perfect example of this, founded by a woman and other women giving up their time to ensure that their worries about energy prices or environmental changes have an impact and are listened too.
The importance of social enterprises in today’s society isn’t simply to exert a passion you have, but it’s to give a community of those who do not feel like they have a voice, the voice they deserve.
Stephanie Karpetas works with communities, businesses and public sector organisations,
helping shape and deliver programmes that make sustainable development feasible
and fun. Stephanie has recently set up Sustainability Connections
and is working on low carbon projects in Kent and Europe. She is a Co-founder
and Director of Action
Women! Community CIC