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A glimpse at social entrepreneurial initiatives in Costa Rica

Photos from Monteverde Coffee, a coffee plantation co-op in Monteverde, and Rancho Margot , a self-sustaining ranch and farm outside La Fortuna.

Having recently announced plans to be the first carbon neutral country by 2021, it's no surprise that this small country boasts a significant number of sustainable initiatives with social entrepreneurs leading the way.

Stay tuned for the August issue of SEE Change, where we will delve deeper into these inspirational stories, exploring the impact of social entrepreneurship and innovation worldwide.

Photographs by Elisa Birnbaum

Aboriginal Social Enterprise in Action

Aboriginal artists are creating new opportunities for themselves through a gallery opening in Vancouver in 2011. The Urban Aboriginal Art Gallery will enable artists to display and sell their works in a fair trade environment, while also providing a much-needed production space for those who may not have their own studio.

The artists in this photo essay are part of the Looking Forward Looking Back initiative that helped make this gallery a reality. Though they come from different backgrounds and have different artistic styles, they all credit their art as a means of survival - both physical and spiritual.

Photographs by Nadine Morris

SEE Change Magazine's Changemakers
by Elisa Birnbaum
on March 28, 2014


We're proud to introduce SEE Change Magazine's Changemakers, a new video series profiling social entrepreneurs effecting change in their communities. These short videos will bring you up-close-and-personal with folks hard at work, giving you new insight and perspective on what it takes to effect change through social enterprise.


Watch. Learn. Enjoy.

Startup of the Year: WSJ Video Series

SEE Change on the radio: Career Buzz with Mark Swartz
by Elisa & Nicole
on July 03, 2012

In this interview, SEE Change co-founder, Elisa Birnbaum, chats with host Mark Swartz on CIUT’s radio show, Career Buzz, about adventures in running a magazine and the exciting field of social entrepreneurship.


Click here to listen to the show.


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In Conversation with Antony Bugg-Levine
by Elisa Birnbaum
on March 06, 2012

In our continuing In Conversation Series, we speak with Antony Bugg-Levine, a pioneer of the impact investing field and co-author of Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference.


Click here to listen to an excerpt from our interview and read on to get the full story.

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In Conversation with Laura Reinsborough
by Elisa Birnbaum
on December 29, 2011

Not far from the treeNot Far From the Tree (NFFT), an organization founded in 2008, has the unique mission of ensuring Toronto’s fruit doesn’t go to waste. Here’s how it works: if homeowners feel overrun by an abundant fruit harvest, they call NFFT who quickly mobilize their volunteers to get picking. The harvest is split three-ways, one-third to the tree owner, one-third to the volunteers, and the last portion donated to food banks, shelters and community kitchens.


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