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


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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)


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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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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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Two Wheel Gear – How to build a social pannier (and messenger bag)

Reid Hemsing and Michael Mazur are the brains and bodies behind Two Wheel Gear, a traditional business with aspirations to become a proper, triple-bottom-line social business. Founded in 1999 and located in Calgary (and Vancouver), Canada, Two Wheel Gear sells a unique bicycle pannier geared towards business professionals who commute by bike. This bag protects…

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