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Bill Gates and Bill Drayton Make the Case for Empathy
by Verity Dimock
on July 22, 2014

Bill and Melinda Gates Stanford


It might have been pure coincidence, but last month, Bill Drayton, speaking at Toronto's MaRS Discovery District and Bill Gates, at Stanford University in California, made separate cases for why empathy is so important to the social change movement.

Following in Coca Cola's Footsteps
by Elisa Birnbaum
on July 06, 2014



How is one organization using innovation and Coca Cola's distribution channels to tackle health issues in the developing world?


Grant or Government Service Contract: What is the difference?
by Jonathan Wade
on July 05, 2014

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Social enterprises, by definition, generate revenue and social value through the sale of a product or service.  At the same time, charitable programs providing social value are often funded by government grants.


But what happens when a government agency elects to HIRE the charity to fulfill a service contract? In fact, it may not be easy to see the difference between a government contract and a grant.


Canada's Francophone Community: Key players in the country's social enterprise development
by Ethel Cote and Émanuèle Lapierre-Fortin
on June 01, 2014


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Two leading social enterprise practitioners share the accomplishments of Quebec and the Francophone community in growing the social economy and social enterprise movement in Canada


Turning Investment into Opportunity: why microfinance and impact investing matter
by Mariam Dao Gabala
on June 01, 2014


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Mariam Dao Gabala, thought leader on microfinance and impact investing in developing nations, took time out of her busy cross-Canada speaking tour to pen this op-ed for SEE Change on the role these financing strategies play in empowering women around the world.

Why the Future of Social Change May Depend on Networks
by Kimberley Jutze
on May 29, 2014


Like many entrepreneurs I’m cautious when it comes to taking risks, which means I don’t make a habit of predicting the future.


However, I’m going to go out on a limb and state what I believe is the future of social enterprise based on my experience and identified trends: As the field grows and matures we will see a shift from social enterprises working individually and through one-off partnerships to innovate solutions to large-scale social and environmental challenges to strategically spreading the adoption of proven approaches through networks.


The Quadruple Bottom Line: Adding purpose to the mix
by Lauren Zahringer
on May 19, 2014

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The conventional three bottom lines (people, planet, profit) are said to be “transparent”- they can be seen and seen through. The fourth bottom line, called purpose, is often expressed as spirituality or culture. So, what is it exactly and how does it promote social and environmental impact and business sustainability?


Walk the Line, SEA-Style
by Suzanne N. Smith
on May 03, 2014

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This past month social entrepreneurs gathered at the Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) Summit 2014 in Nashville, Tenn., and enjoyed content-rich workshops, engaging pitches from social entrepreneurs, excellent Southern cuisine and music from some of Nashville’s up-and-comers. SEA did a great wrap-up to give you a sense of the vibe at this year’s conference along with some notable highlights.


"Ask What You Can Do for Your State": Entrepreneurs in Michigan take "The Challenge"
by Peter Benedetto
on April 20, 2014

Michigan Challenge


The Michigan Social Entrepreneurship Challenge gives entrepreneurs in the state an opportunity to make a difference


Michigan Corps' motto is a call to action that invokes the famous line President John F. Kennedy delivered in his 1961 inaugural address, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”


Three months earlier, he had delivered an impromptu speech on the steps of the University of Michigan Student Union in which he challenged the crowd to spend two years serving in developing countries through what would later become the Peace Corps.


The Story of KLINK: How one social enterprise is offering former inmates jobs, training and hope
by Elisa Birnbaum
on April 20, 2014

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When Adam Brun* was released from prison after a multi-year incarceration, the former owner of an import-export business faced pretty difficult odds. “I was completely lost, I didn’t know where to start,” he recalls of those darker times. “Financially I was dead, hadn’t worked for anyone [in years] but I had to survive, pay my bills and get back on my feet.”


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