The content of this web posting will be edited for publication through a global Solutions Journalism initiative. HCW employs Solutions Journalism to facilitate Reciprocal Entrepreneurship (RE), a process devised to break down the silos that compromise community and economic development. RE fosters community collaborations through solutions-focused reporting. The process shares the vision, innovation, action and outcomes of entrepreneurs who may not ordinarily communicate yet often pursue the same social, economic and environmental goals and objectives.
Helping Communities Work (HCW) is an asset-based community and economic development initiative, focused on sustainable development and designed to empower human capital, leverage financial capital and preserve natural capital. The process positions Reciprocal Entrepreneurship to serve as a collective community "asset" and the central catalyst of the sustainable development strategy.
The HCW objective is to help achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) by cultivating a fertile landscape for the cross-sector leveraging of place-based funding and investing. The plan focuses on Goal 7 (affordable and clean energy), Goal 8 (decent work and economic growth), Goal 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and Goal 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions). We create holistic synergy through Goal 17 (strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development). The SDG's were adapted in 2015 by all Member States of the United Nations. https://sdgs.un.org/goals
HCW empowers human capital through Apprentice Power, which develops intergenerational learn and work programs designed to align and advance several workforce categories. They include: solutions journalism, digital marketing, journalist entrepreneurship, academic research and commercialization and technology-assisted building and construction. Http://www.apprenticepower.us
HCW leverages financial capital through the alignment of unrestricted funding for nonprofit capacity-building (please see link below), public funding for national and community volunteer service, community reinvestment in education to employment initiatives and place-based impact investing in low-and-moderate income communities. The process helps to preserve natural capital in accordance with the outcome expectations of the SDG's. HCW utilizes open educational resources and takes a holistic approach to knowledge and technology transfer and the intergenerational transfer of wealth. https://www.enterprisecapital.info