If John Bercow is true to his word, more UK social enterprises will be supplying products and services to the UK parliament in coming days. The speaker of the UK House of Commons made a pledge for this to happen during a breakfast briefing hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Enterprise to mark Social Enterprise Day on Nov. 21. Across the globe, governments struggle to “get their heads around small providers, particularly social enterprise,” to deliver services they require, UK social enterprise advocate Peter Holbrook says. Read More
What's Canada's 'Most Promising' Social Finance Collaboration?
Friday November 22, 2013
Voting is underway until Dec. 4 for a people’s choice award that recognizes trailblazing innovators in the Canadian social finance landscape. Presented by SocialFinance.ca and the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, the second annual Social Finance Award series includes a 2013 innovation award to celebrate the "most promising" social finance collaboration. Click here to learn more and vote!
Canadian Entrepreneurs Meet on Parliament Hill
Tuesday November 19, 2013
Startup Canada is gathering the largest contingent ever of Canadian entrepreneurs to meet on Parliament Hill with the nation’s elected representatives Nov. 21. The intent is to advance the national entrepreneurial agenda through a discussion of entrepreneurship and its important role in the Canadian economy. Headline speakers include: Sir Terry Matthews, serial entrepreneur and billionaire; Brett Wilson, former CBC Dragon, entrepreneur, investor, author and philanthropist; Dani Reiss, CEO of Canada Goose and Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment & Social Development. Read More
Building Generative Journalism Capacity
Friday November 8, 2013
Generative journalism training opportunities set to kick off in the next few months are intended to build the field's capacity. Axiom News founder and CEO Peter Pula will be collaborating with colleagues in North America and Europe to deliver the multi-week training to journalists, business leaders, organizational development consultants and others. Check back for updates.
Okanagan Valley Pitches for Social Change
Thursday November 7, 2013
A volunteer team of Okanagan Valley residents is aspiring to learn more about social innovation and act as a catalyst for positive change in their community. They're calling themselves the Okanagan Changemakers and on Nov. 21 they're hosting an inaugural event to elevate local ideas most likely to ignite positive social change. Audience members will help select the winning ideas in four categories: for-profit, non-profit, established registered charity and youth-led initiative. More than $20,000 in prize money and services is up for grabs. Read More
Modo Car Co-op Hitches 300th Ride
Monday November 4, 2013
A shiny, red 2014 Nissan Note just found its home at Main Street and East 28th Avenue in Vancouver, marking the 300th vehicle that Modo Car Co-op has added to its repertoire over the last 16 years. What began as the brain-child of a UBC grad student has grown through grassroots community engagement into nearly 10,000 members and business drivers sharing cars, trucks, vans and electrics. The non-profit co-op also plans to double its fleet in Richmond and Surrey and will place its first vehicle in Coquitlam this fall.
AIR MILES for Social Change Founder Joins Alberta Energy Company
Friday November 1, 2013
Sponsor Energy, an Alberta-based energy company and social enterprise welcomes a top social innovator to its advisory board. Andreas Souvaliotis is a social entrepreneur, public speaker and author of a recently published memoir Misfit: Changemaker With an Edge. Andreas was the founder and CEO of Green Rewards which was later transformed into AIR MILES for Social Change, the world’s first national incentive program for responsible behaviour – rewarding Canadians, in partnership with provincial and federal government agencies, for responsible everyday lifestyle choices.
A Priest, a Scholar and a Bishop Literally Walk into a Bar
Friday November 1, 2013
What happens when a priest, a scholar and a bishop walk into a bar and answer questions from the patrons for a brand new YouTube channel? Find out Nov. 6 at Molly Malone's in Cincinnati. The scholar: Dr. Walter Brueggemann, whom Krista Tippett calls, “a kind of rock star in his universe of knowledge." The bishop: Rt Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal, Bishop of the Diocese of Southern Ohio, who holds a doctorate from Oxford. And the priest: The Reverend Jane Gerdsen, who is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Episcopal Divinity School.
Iowa Media Company's New Community Effort Gains Momentum
Monday October 28, 2013
Three weeks in, The Gazette Company team members working on a new approach to community news are feeling more confident as they strengthen their skills and connect with community. Serving Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, the media firm has introduced what it's calling We Create Here. The intent of the effort is to cover aspects of the regional economy in such a way that readers and viewers have a better understanding of the complex connections and factors that make the region run, says CEO Chuck Peters. It's also intended to capture new possibilities for the future. Read More
Bonus Challenge: Social Entrepreneurs to be Featured on Huffpost Live
Monday October 28, 2013
Three organizations that raise the most money this week in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge will win an appearance on Huffpost Live. This bonus challenge, ending Oct. 29 at 12:00 PM ET, is part of a contest running from Sept. 20 to Nov. 22 that provides Skoll award-winning social entrepreneurs with the opportunity to raise funds for their programs through online fundraising platform, Crowdrise. Participating charities, such as Barefoot College, BasicNeeds and APOPO were selected for their innovative approaches to address health care, education, poverty, disease and other major social issues. Learn More