Advancing social enterprise is not about a government policy or an incubator. It isn’t about what kind of support you can find or the venture capitalists that you might be able to attract. It isn’t about sexy new terms like “social finance” or “social entrepreneurship.” We are going to see a dramatic increase in social enterprise when we are honest with ourselves about the world that we live in, and we recognize that we want to be a part of the solution. More Social entrepreneurship: One part rage, one part opportunity
While Wall St. and Bay St. have revealed themselves to be deeply disconnected from the process of true value creation and unable to respond to Main Street opportunities, there is a new set of tools — crowd funding — that is giving rise to the citizen investor. There is a unique role for social enterprise to play as a part of this new movement. More Social enterprise and the power of crowds
Reading the 2012 federal budget, I am struck at how it positions Canada as the world’s water and resource supplier. Is this all Canada really has to offer? Is this politically visionary? Is this the Canada that we want? Or is it a narrow-minded, short-term view that enslaves Canada to responding to the whims and needs of the real global leaders? More Will a 19th century budget really position Canada for the 21st century?
We’re kicking of 2011 with a look at some of the trends currently shaping the movement. What follows is the culmination of a series of interviews with a diverse group of experts. Each trend also links to a longer Q&A with the expert, where you can read more about their thoughts for this year in social entrepreneurship. Here is what to look for in 2011. More Eight trends in social entrepreneurship to watch for in 2011
$1000 cash to do something AWESOME! That is the idea behind the Awesome Foundation TO. This week #awesomeTO launched and is already the talk of the town. More Awesome Toronto Launches: What DIY Social Innovation Looks Like
NOW Magazine’s editor (and one of our amazing Board Members) Alice Klein writes about the growth of social impact investing in her article, Many Happy Returns. In it, she profiles CSI’s Community Bond offering. More Many Happy Returns: Community Bonds in NOW magazine
Could it be that a transformative approach to government deficits might offer us greater sustainability? Do you mean that the old ways of doing things aren’t going to work for us anymore? More Shifting Gears: A Transformative Approach to Government Deficits
Taking an innovation to scale is tough, but some ideas have real resonance. Community Bonds have the magic to go to scale — but we need some help: More Community Bonds for Ontario?