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SE Series: Tim Draimin, guest blogger, builds the case for CIC's in Canada

We are delighted to have Tim Draimin as a guest blogger as a part of our conversation about social enterprise leading up to the Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise. We would love your thoughts both in response to this posting and through the Social Enterprise Wiki.... But now, check out Tim's compelling case for Comunity Interest Companies in Canada.

By Tim Draimin

SE Series: Guest Blogger Karim Harji provides a primer on social finance in Canada

We are delighted to have Karim Harji of Social Capital Partners and co-creator of SocialFinance.ca as our guest blogger as a part of our Social Enterprise Series. Karim provides a primer on social finance in Canada. What kind of money do you want? Is financing your major barrier or are there are capacity issues facing your social enterprise? Read Karim's case for social financing tools.

Increase Access to Capital for Social Enterprises

SE Series: Thoughts from the Sector

I recently had the pleasure of co-facilitating a consultation with the nonprofit sector in Thunder Bay on behalf of the Ontario Nonprofit Network  (ONN).  The consultations are in part to inform the ongoing work of ONN and to inform the upcoming Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise (this consultation is happening through the Ontario Social Economy Roundtable).  The results were fascinating and the following provides a high level overview of what I heard and learned.  I have prioritized the fe

October 22 Innovators

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A Culture of Forgiveness

Don't worry. I haven't gone all evangelical on you. But I have been thinking about forgiveness over the last little while. It came up in our SIX TelePresence session on City Innovation. And then again during a session last week with the federal "Social Trends, Policies and Institutions Committee". Basically, it boils down to the fact that there is no longer any room to make mistakes. There's no tolerance for uncertainty. This presents a pretty formidable barrier to creativity and innovation - if you can't make mistakes, you can't innovate.

SE Series: A look to the US supportive ecosystem

In the conversation around social enterprise in Canada, we have tended to look at the UK as they seem to be way ahead of us and offer a beacon of hope and inspiration in how the government has enabled with social enterprise. The British government has considered, analyzed and invested in their third sector and in social enterprise. There is a lot to learn. However, one of the challenges with looking this direction is timing. It is highly unlikely, that given the economic climate, that we are likely to see even vaguely similar investments.

Web sites that matter

Some time ago, Doug Kerr wrote this great e-mail with a list web sites for social change... it has been sitting in my inbox waiting for something to happen... this  list is by no means complete, but it is pretty awesome... Thanks Doug...

SE Series: What do we need for Social Enterprise to thrive?

In the lead up to the Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise, we have been seeking people's perspective on what they think Canada needs to enable a thriving social enterprise sector. Over the next few weeks, we will be blogging about the six pillars to support social enterprise in Canada. All of this feedback will be integrated in our wiki but we also welcome your thoughts through our blog.

Getting used to the mess

Yesterday, we hosted an intimate discussion with Fast Company co-founder Alan Webber. The conversation was wide ranging, attending to different facets of "Innovative Leadership".

Trends in Social Innovation

This Friday October 16, over lunch, I will be launching the first in our Sandbox Series - Trends in Social Innovation. Here at CSI, we have been engaging, watching, dialoguing, catalyzing and pushing this concept of social innovation... but what does it look like? what do we really know about social innovation - the new buzz word and how can we get more of it?

Most importantly, what does it mean for your work? I hope that you can join us to be a part of the conversation as we explore, probe and experiment with new ideas that are changing the world.

October 7th Innovators

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City Innovation: Taking it Up a Notch

The Centre for Social Innovation is a proud member of the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), a global network of organizations and institutions dedicated to - wait for it - social innovation.  SIX was started by, and is based out of, the Young Foundation in London, UK, of which we are big fans.