The book is part of the Routledge Studies in Social Enterprise & Social Innovation.
When asked about the main goal of the authors when putting together this volume, Sacchetti explains that
“the first idea was to go beyond the nowadays widespread idea of spatial regeneration, take a step back and look at what has become a transversal phenomenon across groups and societies: social poverty. Social poverty is the paucity of social relations and especially of cooperation among people. So the idea of the book is to analyse what institutions and what entrepreneurial solutions can reinstate cooperation back into society and communities, and help to address social poverty. The second idea is that, although social enterprises have been celebrated in many contexts as organisations that can favour cooperation, they cannot succeed on their own. So the volume wanted to analyse a number of contextual factors that complement social entrepreneurial initiatives, from web technologies, to participatory democracy, city leadership, finance, and physical spaces.”
Indeed, the book explores how social regeneration is about the transformative processes that, through institutional choices that embody cooperation and inclusion, develop opportunities and capabilities for weak categories, and transversally for society. The challenge of social regeneration can be addressed, in part, through organisational solutions increasingly identified with social economy organisations, since they are characterised by a social objective, cooperation and inclusive democratic governance.
When asked about the influence of EMES in the book, Sacchetti states that
“EMES has represented a very important forum for discussion but mostly for igniting curiosity around conceptual and applied societal challenges. I have discussed and learned from colleagues on many of these issues, at the latest Polanyian workshop in Paris and at the biannual conference.”