A #SocentOriginStory with Sarah Ball of Mango Sticky

With the IDEA FINDER Workshop coming up soon, here at theSedge.org we’ve been thinking a lot about how social enterprises ideas are born. Do ideas come in a sudden spark of inspiration, or evolve over time?  Do they come fully formed, or as an inkling of an idea that needs some tender loving care to focus and…

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4 Surprisingly Simple Social Enterprises

Sometimes the most impactful ideas are the simplest.   Spanning from Canada to Chile and real estate referrals to detergent supply, here are four examples of surprisingly simple social enterprises. Despite that each of these ideas are relatively simple in concept, they still require plenty of effort (and blood, sweat and tears, I’m sure) to implement.  So, although…

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9 Essential Considerations When Starting A Social Business (Part 2)

Have you ever looked back and thought to yourself, “wow, I definitely would have approached that differently if I were starting over…”. I’m sure we all have, and I’m sure it’s especially true when starting a new business or project. Starting and running a profitable business is hard.  Delivering outstanding programs or offerings that truly…

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9 Essential Considerations When Starting A Social Business (Part 1)

Top 9 Considerations When Starting The Social Business of Your Dreams  (Part 1 of 2) Starting and running a profitable business is hard.  Delivering outstanding programs or offerings that truly improve the lives of those you serve as a social entrepreneur is also hard. Doing both is much harder.  At times it can even feel impossible…

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Tips For Collaborating In New Teams

Lately I have been involved in several initiatives that require collaboration between informal or temporary teams.  Some of these came about thanks to joining a volunteer committee that was planning a big event (Social Venture Partners FastPitch, The Change Tank, Calgary+Acumen).  Others were smaller group collaborations (sometimes with less clear objectives) with individuals from different…

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How to Bring Your Listener to the Edge of Their Seat in 3 Minutes or Less

How does a leader inspire action from their tribe of supporters?   One of the most difficult skills leaders face is crafting powerful messaging that inspires their listener to action.  It’s a given the messaging need to be compelling and come across quickly so as not to lose the attention and interest of the listener. Blaise Pascal…

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INFOGRAPHIC – theSedge.org Members February 2015

This week, we took some time to review the stats on theSedge.org members. Here’s a snapshot: 213 members from 50 countries. Highest represented continent is North America (36%) followed by Asia (25%). Most common area of focus reported by members is Education at 19% (aside from ‘Other’ that is – clearly we need to add some more…

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Making The Leap From Social Enterprise Idea to Action

Recently I received a fabulous question from a Sedge member who was taking advantage of the BOOST Sneak Peek Video Training Series. The point was raised that for nonprofits looking to grow their budgets with a complementary social enterprise initiative, it can often be difficult to move out of the ideation phase and into the…

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Turning Everyday Products Into Extraordinary Possibilities – Project 7

theSedge.org recently had the pleasure of interviewing Tyler Merrick, social entrepreneur and founder of Project 7. Project 7 is a social business fuelled by the philosophy of making extraordinary things happen with ordinary purchases. Project 7’s primary offering is a sugar-free gum that comes in six taste-bud drool-inducing flavours: peppermint vanilla, mint julep, front porch lemonade, fresh…

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Embracing Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector

Entrepreneurial thinking in the social sector has been in practice in one form or another for years. It dates back hundreds of years to farmer cooperatives and decades back to when Muhammad Yunus introduced microcredit to help the poorest of the poor in Bangledesh lift themselves out of extreme poverty. So what exactly does it mean to…

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