Following the Social Enterprise World Forum 2017 in Christchurch, placemaker Laura Taylor identified the social enterprise approach as an excellent fit with community-led place governance.
She invited social enterprise specialist Steven Moe of Parry Field to attend placemaking huis underway in the Innovation Precinct and introduce local business owners to the concept of social enterprise.
Over the next two years, the precinct evolved to become SALT District, backed by New Zealand’s first Town Team – positive and proactive neighbourhood stakeholders collaborating across sectors.
Steven assisted Laura to develop a trust deed that provided alignment between the Town Team Movement and the SALT Model.
The Town Team Movement is a best practice in community-led place governance www.townteammovement.org
The SALT Model is a holistic approach to place development that supports fragmented localities to develop community, identity and destination through initiatives which grow social capital, values-based vision, active citizens and community wealth, benefiting the locality as well as the city.
With Steven’s support and guidance, SALT Collective Charitable Trust was incorporated in October 2019.
Principal Placemaking Advisor Laura Taylor, of Crown-owned entity Ōtākaro Ltd, who facilitated SALT District’s development, says “SALT Collective Trust would not exist without Steven’s support. From the outset, he understood the vision and that it needed to break new ground. He understood the impact and helped craft the legal instruments needed to turn that into a reality in a manner that could be understood by Charities Services. SALT Collective are committed to sharing what they learn so that this can support other areas to also break silos and progress their locality for the greater good.”