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A necessarily complex solution to complex problems, social enterprise is a demanding course of action. Unfortunately, social entrepreneurs (outside of Québec) enjoy little of the technical assistance...
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The Development Wheel draws on 45 years of experience to redefine the role of business in the building of healthy, self-reliant communities. It originates in a study of American community-based...
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While convinced of the value of social-economic projects to community preservation and development, Franco-Ontario's experience with them over the last 15 years has often been discouraging. The...
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Penny Lane Bargain Outlet has been a slam dunk, selling discount clothing and furniture to help finance programs and jobs for local young people. Yet what has proved a winning formula in Summerland,...
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Preparing a community for social enterprise is a lot like making bread. You mix together what's in the local cupboards with some foreign ingredients, then knead and pause, knead and pause. Like the...
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Seventeen years ago, Charlotte Semple, Carole Fast, and Michelle Young, all of whom had experienced abuse, decided to create an organization that could support other women who wanted to remake their...
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Peak Oil and climate change impose on us unprecedented demands for thoughtful, energetic, and broad-based societal action. Will the concepts we commonly use to guide and explain initiatives in social...
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When he asked 40 directors of U.S. community development corporation directors to explain how they accomplish social change, Noah Dorius discovered that their concern was behaviourial change: a...
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Most of the mass of recent publications concerning community economic development (CED) are case studies, explanations of best practice, and histories of organizations. Very few have tried to...
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As former Prime Minister Paul Martin recently said, we have unleashed the private sector on many of Canada's problems; it's time we unleashed social enterprise, too. One way to do that is to build...