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- March 2014
- Spring is almost here - a time to sow the seeds that will lead to a future bounty. For social enterprises, that may mean a time to try new business ideas. Jonathan Wade explores just that in his article, The Value of Ideation. This month we also explore the concept of reinventing business with Bruce Poon Tip, the founder of award-winning G Adventures. And Verity Dimock takes a look at what's on the horizon for the social enterprise sector.
- February 2014
- It's RRSP season and chances are you have money on your mind. But what about another type of investment - the social impact bond? Read on for a thoughtful piece by CISED's Jonathan Wade about the potential and pitfalls of this financial vehicle.
Plus, check out a new CSR handbook published by PwC, and dig into a story about pipelines and their impact on First Nations communities.
- January 2014
- A new year is upon us, and with it comes renewed energy and vitality, new ideas, and fresh approaches. Or at least that's how we're feeling, and we hope you are too!
But in case you are looking for a little inspiration to kickstart your January, we've got lots to offer, including information on understanding your social return on investment, the buzz on B Corps, new ways of thinking about money, and the link between fashion and ancient forests.
- December 2013
- Another year is almost over and it's certainly been a busy one for the SEE Change team. We attended conferences across North America, we were invited as panelists at Harvard, and had the opportunity to rub elbows with the likes of Bill Clinton and Sean Penn. It might sound like fun (and it is!) but our goal is a serious one: to bring you the stories, advice and inspiration that will help keep the social change movement thriving.
And this month is no exception! Read on to learn how social entrepreneurs are helping to transform Haiti, how the sector grew and evolved this year, and why digital storytelling matters.
- November 2013
- SEE Change is on the move again this month. We'll be speaking at the Igniting Innovation Summit on Social Entrepreneurship taking place at Harvard University on November 9th. We're also excited to announce our new blog series exploring Scale Deep, a new initiative led by The Carold Institute. Plus, Elisa Birnbaum reflects on the Social Enterprise World Forum, and Zach Obront rethinks fundraising. These are just a few of the stories we've posted recently.
- October 2013
- SEE Change has been busy covering the Clinton Global Initiative and we'll be arriving shortly at the Social Enterprise World Forum. Stay tuned for more stories on both of those events.
And November will see us speaking at the Igniting Innovation Summit on Social Entrepreneurship taking place at Harvard University on November 9th. We're looking forward to connecting with students, academics, and leaders to explore wide-ranging themes, from women's empowerment, to global health, to mass movements online.
- September 2013
- Hot off the virtual presses! Our September Issue is now online. Get inspired by the young social innovators who are reshaping the Detroit landscape. We were there and have the pictures to prove it! Explore how to sustain a social enterprise ecosystem, and learn how to shift your perspective to transform systems or become a transformational company. If you're looking for a little more know-how, we've got articles about moving from idea to action and how to prioritize triple-bottom line initiatives. Plus book reviews, a sneak peek of SEWF and so much more.
- August 2013
- The next quarterly issue of SEE Change Magazine is just around the corner, but we have so much great new content to share that we just can't wait until September! Learn about food forests, innovative approaches to water challenges, motorcycles for public health, and so much more.
- July 2013
- Summer is here. Time to kick back and relax. Maybe do some travelling or escape to an air-conditioned theatre for a few hours of cool entertainment. However you choose to spend your time, we've got ideas and stories that are sure to inspire you. Read our review from the recent Toronto Hot Docs Festival, learn how a simple idea is paying off at airports in California, or if you are really ambitious, perhaps it's time to prioritize your triple-bottom-line initiatives. We can help!
- June 2013
- In this issue, we explore the varied challenges of social change organizations - and herald their successes too. Stories on relative upstarts like SunDrum, Runa and Sappho offer insightful takeaways for those starting something new, while Shannon Simmons provides tangible and practical advice from the business end of things. Peter Ter Weeme discusses India's successful leadership on CSR legislation, an example for other countries to follow. And, on the other side of the continuum, old-timer The Esalen Institute reminds us of the need to pause, to praise and to take stock to achieve longer-term sustainability.
Finally, this special issue includes our Failure Report, a student project commissioned by SEE Change exploring that niggly thing called failure in social enterprise. The report delves into a topic we don't seem to enjoy talking about in this sector, yet discourse and exploration of failure, may, in fact, help us the most in our pursuit of success. So feel free to download, share and learn.
- May 2013
- The next issue of SEE Change Magazine is just around the corner, but that doesn't mean we're too busy to bring you some great content right now. Check out the latest in our series from the School for Social Entrepreneurs, hear from a workplace culture guru, and find out about new research on social impact investing.
- April 2013
- If you are like us, April is probably a month when you are thinking a lot about income, given that it is income tax season. If you're not liking what you see on the bottom line, perhaps your business needs to ramp up its sales tactics. This month, Verity Dimock shares her views on the importance of selling - something that doesn't seem to get discussed much in social enterprise circles.
- March 2013
- It is perhaps no coincidence that our March Issue, celebrating our 3rd Anniversary, is largely focused on the concept of outcome - growing it, measuring it, and celebrating its ups and downs.
And with the sustainability of our communities another desired outcome, Brett Wilson shares his views on how to encourage a more giving corporate sector. Of course, with the dreaded tax season around the corner, we offer some smart HST tips for entrepreneurs, courtesy of our financial correspondent, Shannon Simmons.
With each passing year, we look back to see how far we've come - and forward to see where we're heading. Perhaps our March Issue can inspire you to do the same. It's an exciting, dynamic time for SEE Change. And we're delighted to have you along for the ride.
- February 2013
- The first month of a new year is already under our belts, and here at SEE Change we hit the ground running. Not only do we have lots of great new content for you to explore, we're also proud media sponsors of the upcoming Social Enterprise Heroes event in Vancouver.
- January 2013
- A new year begins, and with it comes the hope of fresh starts, new beginnings, and positive change. As social entrepreneurs, that last one is pretty much always on our minds. That's why we do what we do here at SEE Change. We want to make sure you are informed and inspired to continue working for good.
- December 2012
- It's that time of year again. A time filled with celebratory wishes, half-empty glasses of egg nog, missed opportunities under the mistletoe and good ol' fashioned consumerism. The holiday season also brings with it an annual set of resolutions and renewed goals for the upcoming year. For the average entrepreneur, so intimately tied to his enterprise, it's no surprise that business growth takes on a central focus of that goal-setting exercise. And it's no different for social entrepreneurs.
In the spirit of those resolutions, you'll notice the running theme of our December issue is that nebulous, always challenging issue of impact. Whether figuring out ways to sustain it, demonstrate it, grow or measure it, impact is central to the social entrepreneurial vernacular. And success is unattainable without it.
- November 2012
- While we're busy at work on the December issue of SEE Change Magazine, take a few minutes to see what you may have missed at this year's TEDxToronto event - we have highlights from all the speakers. Plus, advice on how to measure social impact, and a firsthand account of life at the School for Social Entrepreneurs. Read on for all the latest from SEE Change Magazine.
- October 2012
- Fall is officially here, bringing with it lots of fantastic events and goings-on. Those of you in the Toronto area will want to join us on October 10th for a special screening of Bonsai People: The Vision of Muhammad Yunus. Folks on the West Coast should mark their calendars for the upcoming Social Impact Purchasing Summit in Vancouver. And the Social Enterprise Alliance continues its regional summits...next stop: Florida. Read on for all the latest from SEE Change Magazine.
- September 2012
- Hate to break it to you but summer's over. Time to get back to business. In case you need a bit of nudge forward, our September Issue should help. Find out about a community in British Columbia creating their own vision of work and play with an ecovillage. Gain lessons in leadership, learn about the importance of listening to your stakeholders, alternatives for charity funding, and so much more.
- August 2012
- While we're busy working on the September issue of SEE Change Magazine, we hope you'll take a few minutes to learn about the new School for Social Entrepreneurs in Ontario, and read some great advice on social enterprise planning from David LePage. And don't forget to mark your calendar for our upcoming movie night in Toronto.
- July 2012
- Summer is the perfect time of year for contemplation and speculation - preferably while lying in the shade sipping a cold beverage. In this edition of our newsletter, we offer items that we hope will inform and entertain you during these long, lazy days of summer.
- June 2012
- The June issue of SEE Change Magazine is now online! In it you'll find stories of social change from as far away as the Himalayas and the Philippines. You'll also find thoughtful reviews and practical how-to advice to help you move your own venture forward. Here is just a taste of what you'll find in our latest issue.
- May 2012
- The June issue of SEE Change Magazine is just around the corner! In the meantime, here's some news and information you may want to check out.
- April 2012
- Spring is in the air, and here at SEE Change Magazine we're all about blue-sky thinking right now. Asking what if and what could be is what keeps entrepreneurs moving forward, and that's exactly what we're doing, starting with plans for our upcoming June issue.
- March 2012
- It seems only appropriate that one of the running themes throughout this Second Anniversary Issue is the challenge of demonstrating social impact and value. We see it in Kirsten Bernas' discussion on the growing adoption of Social Return on Investment (SROI) methodology; it underlies Antony Bugg-Levine's discussion on impact investing, and Ecojot's decision to become a BCorp. Consultant Mike Rowlands mentions its relevance in evaluating competitors at the Social Enterprise Dragons, while Assaf Weisz questions the emphasis on feasibility studies in determining success. Quantifying social impact is as central to the work of global organization, Free the Children, as it is to Inner City Renovation, a social enterprise in Winnipeg working to revive its North End, and Muhammad Yunus and the work of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh.
- February 2012
- In this issue, read how Ashoka Fellow Thorkil Sonne is changing the way people with autism are viewed in society, and how they are using their skills to make meaningful contributions. You'll also learn about the winners of the Social Entrepreneurship in Mental Health Equity Awards, and find out how one company's employees are working to raise money and awareness for homeless youth in Montreal.
- January 2012
- A new year is upon us, and with it comes new goals, new ambitions, and if we're lucky, some great new ideas for how to make the world a better place for all of us.
You'll find plenty of inspiration in this issue of our newsletter, whether it's how to address food scarcity, how to save our oceans, or how to invest in the people who are working to change the system. These stories are sure to provide food for thought as you head into the new year.
- December 2011
- Food. It nourishes and sustains us. It's the perfect conversation starter and focal point for celebratory events. But many people don't have enough, and food security is now the greatest issue we're facing, with hunger killing more people each year than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.
That's why we've dedicated the December issue of SEE Change Magazine to food and the enterprising ways social entrepreneurs are playing with theirs.
- November 2011
- Check out some of the latest additions to our website, including an enlightening conversation with social innovator, Joel Solomon, reflections on the importance of social innovation in education, and advice on earned income strategies for nonprofits.
- October 2011
- It's October, a time of harvest celebrations, a time of thanksgiving. Still, it's impossible not to notice that we live in a world of haves and have nots. Social entrepreneurs around the globe are working on new solutions to address the root causes of poverty and income polarization, including many in our hometown of Toronto. Read on for more information about our upcoming event on this topic.
We also spent an interesting few days in BC at the Social Venture Institute. Read all about it in this month's feature article. Plus we have stories on the latest from the B Corp front, a new school for social entrepreneurs, and more.
- September 2011
- September is the perfect month for learning, and for examining the world around us with a renewed, reinvigorated sense of purpose. In that spirit, our Back to School Issue will help you ring in the fall season.
We hope you enjoy the stories, profiles, advice, and opinion pieces in our jam-packed September issue.
- August 2011
- Check out Pamela Hawley's advice on how to bootstrap in business, learn about upcoming events for social entrepreneurs, or catch up on your reading with our ten green reads.
- July 2011
- Ahh...summertime. There is no better time of year to appreciate the diversity and beauty of our natural environment. And as a social entrepreneur, it's always the right time to roll up our sleeves and get to work on how we're going to protect and preserve that beauty.
That's the inspiration behind this issue of our newsletter. Below, you'll find stories about how the triple bottom line affects business management and how one organization is tackling a hot button environmental issue head on. Plus, check out our eco-friendly travel tips to help reduce your carbon footprint this summer.
- June 2011
- So much has been written about the environment in the past decade that it can be pretty easy to just tune it all out. Unless, of course, you happen to live in the American Midwest, the Prairies, northern Alberta, Japan, the Pacific coastline...well, you get the point. From the continuing controversy of the Alberta oilsands to the nuclear crisis in Japan, environmental challenges - and our responses to them - fuel our chatter, newsfeeds and inquisitive minds, as we ask: "What role do we play in all this?" and "What can we do to make a difference?"
Those questions inspired the work of a number of inventive social entrepreneurs who we're shining the spotlight on in the June issue issue of SEE Change Magazine. Some stories - like our review of the documentary GreenWashing - may cause you to question your choices. Others, such as the profile on UK-based BioRegional, may inspire and delight your entrepreneurial senses.
- May 2011
- Be sure to check out all the great stories in this month's newsletter, including predictions about the future of social entrepreneurship, tips on which business structure is right for you, and final thoughts on the Skoll World Forum.
- April 2011
- Spring has sprung and that means it's time for everyone's favourite activity: doing taxes! (note the hint of sarcasm) Regardless of how you may feel about it, the fact is that filing taxes correctly and on time is an important part of being an entrepreneur. That's why, this month, we bring you Tax 101 for Entrepreneurs.
And be sure to check out all of our coverage from the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, where we spent three fabulous days with a veritable who's who of social change.
Plus, find out about a social enterprise for brides-to-be, how to globalize SE, and all the latest news and events.
- March 2011
- Women entrepreneurs have a "unique opportunity to ignite social change," remarked Farah Pandith, the US Department of State's special representative to Muslim communities. "Through investing in the ideas, the creativity, the passion and vision of women, lives can change inside and outside the home."
We know she's right! So, in honour of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, the March issue of SEE Change Magazine is packed with stories of courage, determination, of women effecting change, whether in the environment, the disabled community or in poverty-stricken nations in the developing world.
- February 2011
- As the SEE Change team busily prepares for the March Issue while doing our best to stay warm, please enjoy our recent blog posts and read up on the latest news and events from Canada and across the globe. Of course if, like many entrepreneurs, financial sustainability remains top-of-mind, re-visit our Money Issue for inspirational advice, stories and profiles.
- January 2011
- Happy New Year! Just in time to get 2011 started on the right foot, here are some stories from our Money Issue that you may have missed.
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