Enterprising Prizes

The Social EnterPrize Awards were created by the Trico Charitable Foundation in 2011 to recognize and celebrate leadership and excellence in social entrepreneurship across Canada.  The awards look for the best practices, social impact and innovation of organizations...
Belief. That we are selling more than widgets.

Belief. That we are selling more than widgets.

Michele, you should go into business. Dad, I don’t want to make widgets. Sell widgets. Or improve widgets. – Adamant 20-somthing Michele Belief. The theme of the 2015 Skoll World Forum. A combination of faith and pragmatism. What carries us through when...
The Holy Grail of Social Entrepreneurship?

The Holy Grail of Social Entrepreneurship?

We’re often asked for our definition of social entrepreneurship.   In the past three years, our answers have morphed.  We started purely on the non-profit side, but encountered problems whereby “everyone” was becoming a social entrepreneur.  As we shifted toward the...
I.M.M.A.A.M.M.M

I.M.M.A.A.M.M.M

I’m maximizing my assets and moving my mission. That’s what we proposed as the answer to the question “why are you doing social enterprise?” during a recent presentation at Volunteer Alberta’s annual general meeting. While the winding narrative of how you started,...

Social Enterprises Require the Build-to-Keep Crowd, Too.

The lure of technology lies in its dynamism. The development of sleeker hardware and faster software lingers just around the corner, fueling the competitive desire to get to it first. Within the organizations birthed by this drive, the lights are dim, the drive is...
Beyond Micro-credit: What’s Next?

Beyond Micro-credit: What’s Next?

I had the privilege of helping to open the Calgary Microcredit Conference this past weekend on a panel with Mark Durieux, University of Calgary, and Rupert Scofield, FINCA where we provided our thoughts to answer the day’s question and conference theme: Microcredit...

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