Our e-book ‘Participation and Production: a Resource for Community Enterprise‘ is available at no charge in three formats:

  1. As an Apple ‘i-book’ (i-pad only) available by downloading the free i-books app and clicking the following link to the i-tunes bookstore: Participation and Production i-book
  2. As a high quality printable portable document file (PDF) available by clicking this link:

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  3. As a view-able document online @ Scribd:Participation and Production@Scribd (N.B. enable your pop-up blocker if you want to avoid advertisements).

Description: This e-book tells the story of how a group of Brisbane’s most marginalised citizens created their own successful community enterprise. The publication has been kindly supported through a Brisbane City Council “Access and Inclusion Partnership”. It will be of interest to anyone wanting to understand, support and develop a concept of community enterprise which includes the most marginalised.

Liking = Donating: If you like our free e-book and want to ‘pay forward’ the good-will, we suggest you donate a coffee or meal as a part of our ‘shout a suspended’ coffee campaign; where free coffees and meals are provided via our cafe to local residents in need.

NCEC and the Cooperative Movement:

NCEC is a registered cooperative in QLD and part of an international movement of member owned enterprises. We were recently featured in this report by the Business Council of Cooperative and Mutuals. A recommended read if you are interested in stakeholder owned services:

We also suggest the following free step by step guide for those interested in starting their own coop

Training and Consulting

We support a concept of community enterprise which includes the most marginalised, and are happy to speak to anyone about the NCEC experience.

We have exstensive experience supporting the development of new social enterprises and will consider approaches for consultative work with communities and organisations seeking to develop their own initiatives. Organisations we have previously worked with include, Sandgate and Bracken Ridge Community Centre (SANDBAG), Australian Red Cross, Multicultural Developement Association (MDA ltd) and Caboolture Community Work Cooperative.

Educational tours of our Co-operative for primary secondary and tertiary students are also available.

Contact the Co-ordinator Richard Warner on for more information.