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Inspiring Community, 6 July 2009
In this book, Andrew Mawson tells the inspiring story of the Bromley-by-Bow Centre in the East End of London. Mawson was called to be minister of the United Reform Church in Bromley in 1984, and arrived to find a church of 12 people, all over 70. He quickly realised that these 12 would not be the only focus of his work, but that a more wholistic, community engagement was needed. The Social Entrepreneur describes the journey from small church to the dynamic Bromley-by-Bow Centre, employing well over a hundred people.
The Social Entrepreneur is for people who want to make a difference in their communities. It is not for those who want to make a quick profit and move on! Mawson vents his frustrations with government white papers, which introduce policy but achieve little of lasting value. It is proven Social Entrepreneurs who should be tasked with renewing community, rather than local authority-driven groups that seek to involve everybody for the sake of equality and political correctness.
The Social Entrepreneur demonstrates the ways in which individuals can be empowered to bring change to their own community. It is aspirational and inspirational. Be prepared to be challenged to change your community!