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A Taste of Social Enterprise is Costa Rica
Getting a lesson in the free trade, organic coffee production process, AKA shade growing on Monteverde Coffee Tour.
A glimpse at social entrepreneurial initiatives in Costa Rica
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
Art Meets Enterprise
A new gallery in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside will bring local Aboriginal artists together under one roof to share studio space and sell their works in a fair trade environment.
31 West Pender, Vancouver
The planned Urban Aboriginal Art Gallery will give a face to Aboriginal art in Canada. The facility will also house a healing lodge and traditional longhouse.
Jerry Whitehead, Cree Artist. Originally from Saskatchewan, Whitehead has been an artist his entire life.
As a child, he used found materials including ashes from fires and lead from his hunter father's bullets. His vividly coloured works, often depicting dancers and faces, have exhibited throughout Canada. He currenly lives in Vancouver.
Family Tree: Jerry Whitehead at work and sharing a moment with his grandson Payton in his at-home studio.
Art was a part of Whitehead's upbringing; his mother created beadwork and rugs and his grandmother worked with hides. Payton is now learning to paint by his grandfather's side.
Eric Parnell, Haida Nation Artist
Eric found his talent in his adult life. In 2002 he discovered his artistic ability as a medium for healing.
Looking Forward Looking Back logo creation
Eric chose to represent the project with duplicate ravens looking in opposite directions from within a circle containing two hands reaching toward each other beneath a stylized sun representing the greater world.
Richard Shorty, Northern Tutchone Artist
Richard's focus is mainly wildlife; his designs can be found on bentwood boxes, drums, paddles and masks. He is currently exhibiting his work at the Latimer Gallery in Vancouver and can be seen painting in the gallery window many afternoons.
Richard Shorty at work on a bentwood box. Traditionally bentwood boxes were used to hold valuable and ceremonial objects.
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