#Together We Can
We are facing growing pressures that are not solvable within the systems that created and perpetuate them. It is vital that community leadership generates positive societal change so that all life can enjoy a flourishing future.
By combining venture capital and holistic community philosophies, the community created OCS Community Enterprise takes a whole systems approach to transforming root causes of societal challenges.
The OCS not-for-profit acquires and grows for-profit businesses with local investment capital, at social returns.
Individual and group practices begin to integrate head and heart wisdom for holistic well-being.
Distributed leadership enables self-organization, evidence-based decision-making, and high-levels of trust.
Challenges are experienced locally, this is why the OCS takes a bioregional approach to solving them.
As an integrated self-governing Community Enterprise, the OCS begins to rebuild community wealth which is currently out of balance with private wealth, and foster larger psychological well-being.
Once financially self-sustaining, the excess wealth is reinvested back into community to fund additional ventures and initiatives.
The OCS was developed by community within the Okanagan coLab, an entrepreneurial community center with 11 years of leadership across tech, social enterprise, and arts and culture. coLab is being integrated into the OCS not-for-profit to continue its growth and to serve as the operations hub for the OCS.
Community Wealth Building is an economic development approach that restores economic power to community.
The OCS Community Enterprise begins to rebuild community wealth by utilizing local investment capital to acquire and grow businesses that have untapped potential to serve community well-being. Additionally, gifted funds and businesses accelerate the rebuilding of community wealth.
Over 50% of small business owners will be retiring in the next 5 to 10 years. This creates an opportunity for these businesses to be acquired and grown by community, with excess profits funding community initiatives.
For example, Patagonia, the ecologically conscious clothing company, inspired the world by donating into a not-for-profit so that excess profits would continually fund environmental initiatives.
With a solid foundation built, OCS is ready to develop the larger Community Enterprise framework for rebuilding community wealth and well-being.
- (Funded by grassroots community)
- Corporate Development
- Backlog of Businesses
- Food Resilience Initiative
Growth & Refinement
- Investment Capital
- Business Acquisitions
- Food Co. Growth
- Additional Community Ventures
- Replicate Model to other Regions
- Financially Self-sustaining
- Reinvest Co-created Wealth with Community
Once proven in the Okanagan, the Community Enterprise model can be replicated and scaled to other communities and bioregions. These can then be woven together into a global community economy with the social and economic capacities to co-create a truly flourishing future.
Learn about our philosophical approach, including the latest research on transitional economics and community co-creation. (PDF File)
Learn more about the OCS Community Enterprise framework and key initiatives in a concise 4-page OCS Overview. (PDF File)