Why Your Assumptions About Collaboration Are Wrong

This is a topic almost every social entrepreneur views as being extremely important.  BUT, it’s also a topic many people struggle with.  What is it? COLLABORATION! As you most likely know from first hand experience, collaboration is often much easier said than done.  You might even know this from first hand experience! I believe that social…

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My Inception Story – the windy path of how this all came to be

“Did you spend the afternoon talking about your periods?” The man to whom I report in my commercial banking role chuckles to himself at his witty remark as I stiffen up and try to gauge how red my face is getting. Inside, my thoughts race but I keep my expression cool (I think). Still taking…

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Social Enterprise Trends in 2016

As I reflect on how the social enterprise ecosystem has grown and shifted over the past year, I found myself looking forward to consider how it might continue to evolve. Below are my best ‘hunches’, and hopes, for how the landscape will take shape in 2016… Entering the Mainstream Having had an ear to the social…

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Gifts that Give – Social Enterprise Guide for the Holidays

Every year around mid-November when I notice after dark is sprinkled with twinkling Christmas lights, and the timeless carols hit the radios everywhere, I start to dread the pursuit of checking off my holiday present list. No matter how hard I try, I can never manage to quite land on a gift idea that lives…

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Social Innovator’s Sweet Spot

These slides explore three essential pillars for effective strategy and decision making as a social entrepreneur. Use this framework to practice taking Mindset, Community and Tools into account as you lead your social enterprise – so you can lead from a place of alignment where you are inspired, focused, and effective. (These are slides from a live webinar…

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Turn Around Couriers

Founded in October 2002, TurnAround Couriers (TAC) is a for-profit, same-day courier business.  What makes it unique is that it is focused on providing steady jobs and support for continuing education for at-risk youth in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Since inception, TAC has employed over 170 young people in all roles throughout the company.  They have partnered with…

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Uncover Your North Star Vision for Change

What is a North Star Vision for Change (or personal manifesto) and why do you need one as a social entrepreneur? After working with social entrepreneurs from around the world, I’ve noticed those who are really making waves all share one thing in common. And that is, a clear vision for the change they wish to…

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Reach Financial Sustainability With This Mindset At The Centre Of Your Work

Entrepreneurs solve problems, right?  They design solutions for problems they see around them.  They see opportunities to fill gaps in the marketplace with new, better, or different solutions. This is well-accepted as a core mindset of entrepreneurs, and this dedication to bring innovative solutions to market is what many believe allow entrepreneurs the success they…

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Sleep Well Tonight – A #SocentOriginStory

Today’s #SocentOriginStory profiles a social business that’s working to improve one of the three key pillars of health.  Along with diet and exercise, sleep is increasingly proving to be a fundamental, and often neglected, component of living a healthy life. The founder, Chris Carruthers, aims to bring the Sleep Well Tonight framework to tired people everywhere.  It’s a…

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Sophie Ross Inspiring Volunteering

This post was originally published here by the New Zealand based non profit, One Percent Collective, who makes it easy for people to donate 1% of their income to six of the local charities they support. One of those charities is Inspiring Stories, an organization supporting the next generation of young New Zealander social entrepreneurs who…

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