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Call for Papers for Edited Research Volume - Community Supported Enterprises

By Norm Walzer

Stagnant economies and population declines combined with an aging population including retiring business owners has seriously affected the ability of many rural areas to retain access to vital enterprises such as grocery stores, restaurants, and social services that affect social capital and the quality of life. In response, community leaders have organized groups of residents to pool their funds and invest in businesses they consider adding to essential to quality of life. These enterprises become self-supporting with residents donating time and efforts into related management activities. Community Supported Enterprises (CSEs) have a social purpose and add to social capital but operate with a business model intended to be self-sustaining without continued financial contributions by local investors.

            While some successful CSEs have been documented and studied already (http://cgs.niu.edu/Reports/Emergence-and-Growth-of-Community-Supported-Enterprises.pdf), more information about their motivations, purposes, and keys to success in both rural and urban neighborhoods is needed to systematically analyze their full potential. Especially important is to understand their applicability in other domestic and international locations. Key is to understand types of investors, desired outcomes, organizational structures, and successful management practices under different environments and social systems.

            To obtain a more complete picture of how CSEs developed, operate, and were effective in helping improve the potential of communities, Norman Walzer is organizing an edited research volume on these issues. Contributions should include analyses of important factors, rather than only describe case studies with limited ability to determine ways to generalize or apply successful experiences in other areas. The main topics of interest include (but not limited):

            a. conditions in which CSEs were organized;

            b. organization patterns, e.g. nonprofits, cooperatives, for profits;

            c. groups that have been involved in these enterprises;

            d. state and local assistance or direction for CSE efforts;

            e. reasons for successes and best practices; and

            f. implications for use of CSEs in other places.

            The chapters (not more than 30 double-space pages inclusive) will be refereed prior to acceptance. Authors interested in contributing chapters to this research volume should send an abstract (not more than 500 words) preferably before July 1, 2018 to:

                        Norman Walzer

                        Senior Research Scholar

                        NIU Center for Governmental Studies

                        148 N. Third Street

                        DeKalb, IL 60115

                        815-753-0933

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President's Update - CDS working for you now and for the future

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By Dave Lamie
 
It's been nearly two months now since many of us had the chance to rendezvous in Dubuque for our annual conference.  Thanks to all the hard work of excellent local hosts, program committees, presenters, speakers, reviewers, and the support of our sponsors, we were able to put on a great conference. Giselle Hamm, our current Vice President of Programs, is now deep into working with another great local host committee to help set the stage for the 2015 conference in Lexington, Kentucky. Chris Marko, the current Vice President of Operations, is also beginning to work with local hosts from Minnesota, who will organize the 2016 conference. And, there are multiple other conference location proposals being developed for consideration at the CDS Fall Board meeting to be held in early November.  Measured in financial terms, no one is getting rich from all of the time and energy put forward to create these wonderful opportunities for CDS members to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for what CDS represents in the world --- but, we are all enriched through participation in this effort, no matter our role.
 
Though our annual conference is, perhaps, the most visible feature of our organization, there are multiple other ways that our organization helps to foster enlightened community development around the world.  The Journal serves as a means for our members to engage in community development scholarship and for this scholarship to inform our practice.  John Green, who serves as our current editor, will be turning over the reigns to a new editor later this year.  We are in the process of finding just the right person(s) to serve in this important capacity.  Our CD Practice publication is a great companion to the Journal, allowing practitioners to share their experiences and to hone their skills as they help to make the world a better place.  The Vanguard, that you are now reading, helps to keep us all informed of what the organization and our members are doing.  And, our website serves as a portal where all of this information can be easily accessed, a place where dialogue on community development issues can be fostered, and a vehicle to deliver this content globally --- into virtually every nook and cranny the Internet occupies.   All of these tools and more are at our disposal and we invite our members to consider not only being consumers of what they provide, but to take a more active role by becoming co-creators.  
 
And, there are multiple committees and task forces working on many different issues, all with the focus of making CDS an even better organization for future generations.  As we go into the Autumn months there will be plenty of opportunities for you to consider how you want to be involved in making CDS be the very best professional organization dedicated to the mission of community development.   Many hands make light work and when a good team of folks is working well together, it doesn't really seem like work.  It seems like the right thing to do.  
 
Here's to a great beginning to a new season!
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