AN ARMY OF PROBLEM SOLVERS

BY SHAUN LONEY


“Ground-breaking Canadian social entrepreneur Shaun Loney shows how it’s done. Innovation that leaves you asking, ‘Why isn’t everyone doing this already?’”
—Michael Toye, Executive Director of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network

“Shaun Loney connects the dots and articulates a way forward. This book is for everyone who cares about reconciliation.”
—Molly McCracken, Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Manitoba office

“Shaun Loney's ideas are simultaneously simple and ingenious. Start a revolution; read this book!”
—Dr. Evelyn Forget, Professor of Economics and Canada’s leading expert on guaranteed annual income

“This book is a timely and important milestone in the journey towards rebuilding a social value marketplace.”
—David LePage, founder and CEO of Buy Social and founder of Enterprising Non-Profits

“Loney offers convincing evidence that social entrepreneurs have answers that business and government don’t.”
—Julia Deans, Executive Director of Futurpreneur

“On behalf of the team, we are so pleased to see this second book. We’re glad to be on the front lines of the solutions revolution.”
—Lucas Stewart, co-founder Social Enterprise Centre and Manitoba Green Retrofit

“Our Elders are recognizing social enterprises from back when our communities were healthy. Aki Energy is transforming Manitoba’s North, one nation at a time. ”
—Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO)

“This book offers us a way of being involved in ‘pimatisiwin’ (fullness of life) and can address our learned dependency.”
—Very Rev. Stan McKay, Cree Elder and former moderator of the United Church of Canada

“Changemaking 101 by one of Canada’s leading changemakers.”
—Barb Steele, Executive Director of Ashoka Canada

 

 

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Unemployment on First Nations and in inner city neighbourhoods?  Climate change? Exponential diabetes rates?  Unaffordable government?  High incarceration rates?  There are no shortage of chronic and insatiable societal problems.

Shaun Loney’s An Army of Problem Solvers offers good news at a time when we need it most.  Loney draws on his experience as one of Canada’s leading social enterprise developers and his time as a senior civil servant to offer up a new and practical vision.

The problem isn’t the problems, he says.  The problem is that governments prevent problem solvers from doing their job.

Just who are the problem solvers?  Loney makes the case that social enterprises, social entrepreneurs and the small farm movement comprise the “solutions economy”.  Governments will soon understand that it is their job to “make it easy for problem solvers.”

The book comes at a time when Canada is discussing what reconciliation between Indigenous Canadians and the rest of the country means.  Loney argues that we can’t achieve it without allowing the re-emergence of local economies. An Army of Problems Solvers answers the question:  “what does nation-to-nation mean?”

As Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson says in her Preface:  “At the heart of this strategy is a big step towards creating a new Nation-to-Nation relationship.  Shaun’s book defines more clearly what this means.  Nation-to-Nation doesn’t just mean getting rid of diesel fuel in remote communities, it means having our own utilities that sell renewable energy to heat and power our homes.  Nation-to-Nation doesn’t mean simply making imported food more affordable, it means transforming our local food economies.  Nation-to-Nation doesn’t mean raising social assistance rates, it means implementing a basic income guarantee.  Nation-to-Nation even includes having our own currencies (alongside Canadian currency) that promotes local businesses.”

 

ABOUT shaun loney

Shaun has co-founded and mentored 11 social enterprises, including BUILD Inc, which won the 2011 Scotia Bank EcoLiving Green Business of the Year, and the 2013 Manitoba Apprenticeship Employer of the Year.  Before co-founding BUILD Inc, Shaun was Director of Energy Policy for the Government of Manitoba, and political advisor to Gary Doer’s NDP. Loney is the first prairie Canadian to be awarded an Ashoka Fellowship (2015) and was Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014.  Shaun lives in Winnipeg, with his partner Fiona.  Between them they have three teenage boys - Aandeg, Weslee and Owen.  Shaun is proud to be part of a strong and visionary social enterprise team that is flourishing across the country.  An Army of Problem Solvers is Shaun’s second book.