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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Finding Meaning for Social Impact Leaders in Our Hyper-Connected World

Our personal and professional networks now spread larger than ever before. Today, if I am looking for advice or information on a new program that piques my interest, within minutes I can search my LinkedIn contacts to find someone who is connected to that program. One quick email asking for an introduction, and the same…

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What is Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship?

Social Innovation

According to Stanford Centre for Social Innovation, social innovation is defined as “.. a novel solution to a problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just… [where] the value created accrues primarily to society as a whole rather than private individuals.” They go further-on to explain that “Social Innovation focuses attention on the ideas…

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Santiago’s First Social Innovation Weekend!

Social Innovation Weekend

Have you heard the buzz around Social Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurship? Are you looking to learn how to increase the financial self-sustainability of your nonprofit or NGO? Do you have a social change idea that you want to explore further? Then you can’t miss Santiago’s first Social Innovation Weekend! This event open to anyone interested…

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Social Innovation Weekend a Great Success

Along with many great partners theSedge.org team hosted Santiago’s generic viagra 100mg first ever Social Innovation Weekend on December 13 & 14, 2013.   Over a total of 15 hours, 40 participants learned the basics of Social Enterprise design with the help of workshops in Social Enterprise Frameworks, Design Thinking, Rapid Prototyping and the Social Business…

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