In 1986, Ernesto Sirolli began learning how to empower communities to take responsibility for their own economic and community development. Person-centered rather than program-centered, and bottom-up rather than top-down, Enterprise Facilitation works by transforming passion, skill, and motivation into viable local businesses.
Speech by Ernesto Sirolli summarizes the origin, philosophy, and practice of Enterprise Facilitation. Patterns of Choice, 1999.
Ripples from the Zambezi: Passion, Entrepreneurship, and the Rebirth of Local Economies. Ernesto Sirolli's book is the best overview of Enterprise Facilitation and how it was developed. Review by Peter Donovan.
Supporting passionate people on their own terms reviews the Enterprise Facilitation projects in Baker and Wallowa counties in northeast Oregon.
How Hastings, Minnesota (USA) created full-time jobs for US $3,000 apiece. Peter Donovan, Patterns of Choice, 1999.
On site at two Enterprise Facilitation projects in Canada. Patterns of Choice, 2001.
Economic development from the bottom up by Peter Donovan. How and why Wallowa and Baker counties in northeast Oregon, USA adopted Enterprise Facilitation. Oregon Business, 2000.
A rural northeast Oregon community's experience with Enterprise Facilitation. By Peter Donovan.
Why Stevens County, Washington, got interested in Enterprise Facilitation. Peter Donovan, The Wallowa County Chieftain., 1999.
Partnership between Washington State University (USA)/Kellogg project and the Sirolli Institute. Plus synergy between Holistic Management and Enterprise Facilitation in Stevens County, Washington (USA). By Peter Donovan, Patterns of Choice, 1998.