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"Social enterprise" is not a legal expression in Canada. No "Social Enterprise Act" or regulation defines it or gives it a specific structure, abilities, and limitations. Without that, social...
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Intentionally or not, every decision to purchase causes not one, but multiple transactions, like ripples in a pond. "Purposeful purchasing" occurs when we make those decisions to achieve specific...
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An hour's drive from Calgary, Rosebud numbers fewer than 100 residents, but little else about it is small. Once a farming community in decline, it is now home to a museum, art gallery, recording...
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Canadians are appreciated internationally for their contributions to the solidarity economy movement. That solidarity is somewhat lacking at home, unfortunately. The number and variety of...
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In 2006 the Québec Summit on the Social and Solidarity Economy determined priorities for developing an economy rooted in social justice and environmental sustainability. Premier Jean Charest affirmed...
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The Demonstrating Value Initiative was launched two years ago to develop a performance assessment framework by and for social enterprise. Desired was a framework so practical that social enterprises...
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For a generation, while a "free market" ideology has gained a grip on humanity's activities world-wide, initiatives have also been growing to realize equitable and sustainable livelihoods. This...
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Amongst all the reports and books published about social enterprise in the last four years, four stand out. Any organization considering social enterprise should have its staff and directors first...
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We have all heard how computers and Web access can close the "information gap" that exists between practitioners, especially urban and rural ones. But technology will not suffice. The context in...
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In Nova Scotia, co-operatives, government, and thousands of private citizens have become involved in the mobilization of community capital. The Nova Scotia Co-operative Council and its CEO, Dianne...