Dr Senan Cooke is passionate about social enterprise and about harnessing the strengths of our local communities. Senan was awarded a doctorate from DCU in 2006 on the challenge of educational disadvantage in a knowledge economy. Since then, he has served on numerous government task forces related to social enterprise and rural development, and he has been involved in setting up seven social enterprises. A retired inter-county hurler with Kilkenny, Senan is a lifelong member of the GAA, first with Kilmacow, Co. Kilkenny then with Dunhill, Co. Waterford. His passion for his local clubs inspired him to publish his first book in 2010, A History of GAA in Kilmacow, 1884-2010. He has seen for himself the power of communities to bring about change.
Senan co-founded Communities Creating Jobs (CCJ), a national voluntary shared learning network which helps communities tap into the huge resources available to them so they can generate their own jobs. His work with CCJ formed the basis for his second book, The Enterprising Community, published in 2018. His mission for this book is to raise awareness among state agencies, the public and local communities of the vast resources available which they can use to bring about change.
This book will give readers a bottom up perspective on the capacity of both urban and rural communities to regenerate themselves. The book is a useful reference tool for third-level institutions, state agencies and community based projects leaders. He believes the book will improve the relationship between state bodies and community groups. This in turn will encourage agencies to facilitate communities in their quest to create jobs and attract additional volunteers to help make their communities a better place.