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Kim Smiley and beauty for the public good
by Nicole Zummach
on June 02, 2013

Photo by Jeremy Ladner

Artist and social entrepreneur, Kim Smiley recently sat down with SEE Change Magazine to discuss Sapphô, her line of wearable art pieces, and its social mission. As a social enterprise, Sapphô creates employment opportunities for marginalized populations in Toronto, encouraging women toward self-sufficiency by empowering them with training, Canadian work experience and a living wage.


Runa: Innovative solutions for forest conservation
by Jyotsana Saha
on June 02, 2013

RunaThere is a common trade-off that many agriculture-based communities face in today’s globalized world, stemming from a desire to preserve their cultural heritage and environment, while at the same time having to earn immediate cash and compete with fast-paced production systems. This often results in vast deforestation and soil erosion, which has a direct impact on sustainable livelihoods of communities.


But, does there need to be a trade-off between community values, conservation and economic necessity?

Cultivating social enterprise: The Collaborative for Innovative Social Enterprise Development
by Denise Deby
on March 04, 2013

CISEDYou’ve got a great idea for a business that would help make the world a better place. Or you think your nonprofit could sell some services to bring in additional revenue. In other words, you might have a social enterprise in the making. But where do you start?


In Ottawa, you start with the Collaborative for Innovative Social Enterprise Development (CISED). CISED helps individuals and organizations at every stage of their social enterprise, linking them with advice, training, financing and technical resources.

The art of social enterprise: A case study
by Benjamin Chang, Alison Watkins and Maling Ebrahimpour
on February 04, 2013


In these difficult economic times, it’s easy for any non-profit to end up on the brink of financial ruin.


See how one very large and very dynamic team in St. Petersburg, Florida is not only surviving, but thriving. Hear from the leaders of PARC who are molding the culture. This personal narrative provides very practical and universally-applicable principles that will help your organization recognize strengths and maximize networks and resources. In social enterprise, sometimes we need to be reminded of the importance of being social!

Breast cancer support goes green
by Donna Sheehan
on December 04, 2012

Canadian Breast Cancer Support FundWith more than 80,000 registered charities in Canada, could there possibly be a need for one more charity? In the crowded landscape of breast cancer organizations, might there be room for one more breast cancer organization? Yes and yes.

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