John Pearce - (1942 – 2011)

Founder of the Social Audit Network



John Pearce, who died from cancer aged just 69, was a major and influential force in community development and in particular was a pioneer in community enterprise - the precursor to social enterprise.

For nearly fifty years, John‘s ideas, inspiration and talent for clear thinking were a driving force behind people-centred development and especially around the principles and practice of collective and community enterprise.

He wrote extensively throughout his working with an insight well-illustrated in his seminal work: Social Enterprise in Anytown (2003). For much of his working life he pioneered Social Accounting and Audit and wrote extensively on it.  It was the driving force behind the establishment of the Social Audit Network.  He was a thinker who managed to turn theories into practice and directly helped the development of communities in Scotland, the UK and wider afield. 

For further details see John's obituary.