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"Ask What You Can Do for Your State": Entrepreneurs in Michigan take "The Challenge"
by Peter Benedetto
on April 20, 2014

Michigan Challenge


The Michigan Social Entrepreneurship Challenge gives entrepreneurs in the state an opportunity to make a difference


Michigan Corps' motto is a call to action that invokes the famous line President John F. Kennedy delivered in his 1961 inaugural address, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”


Three months earlier, he had delivered an impromptu speech on the steps of the University of Michigan Student Union in which he challenged the crowd to spend two years serving in developing countries through what would later become the Peace Corps.


New Initiative Uses Technology to Help Youth Save for College
by Emily Lavin
on April 12, 2014


piggy bank for college

Teenagers are avid users of social media, Facebooking, tweeting and texting their way through the day. Three out of four teenagers has a profile on a social networking site and two-thirds text every day.

And now, one San Francisco-based nonprofit is leveraging that social media savvy to promote financial capability among young people.

A McGill Trip To Mongolia Inspires Activism
by Aliénor Lemieux-Cumberlege
on April 12, 2014

BComm student Sabrina Otrowski and McGill alum Melanie Walsh help some of the children at the Sanctuary of the Peak with their Mother's Day cards." Photo credit: Melanie Walsh


Spearheaded by Professor Karl Moore, the Hot Cities of the World Tour, in its sixth year, has the slogan “Taking the future to the future”.


This year, 40 McGill Desautels Faculty of Management undergraduate students and alumni traveled with two professors to Ulaanbaatar and Seoul to meet with leaders of industry, political figures and members of the Canadian diplomatic corps to discuss everything from mining (with Rio Tinto) to women’s access to healthcare (with a member of parliament in Seoul) and to learn what it really means to do business abroad.


Innovations to Get Canadians Moving
by Kristie Wang
on April 05, 2014

yoga image


Canadian government launches The Play Exchange, taps the creativity of everyday citizens to solve health crisis



What Social Enterprises Can Learn From the UN
by Mina Jasarevic
on April 05, 2014

UN flag

Running in NGO circles, one is likely to come across some misgivings of UN activities. Granted, certain suspicion is warranted. The largest international organization is made up of people, and people make mistakes. Even so, most of these doubts can be attributed to inexperience.


The UN has six principal organs, home to subsidiary bodies, programmes, departments and offices. Unless one has direct working knowledge within the system, it’s tough to appreciate the operational culture and goals of individual divisions.


SEE Change Magazine's Changemakers
by Elisa Birnbaum
on March 28, 2014


We're proud to introduce SEE Change Magazine's Changemakers, a new video series profiling social entrepreneurs effecting change in their communities. These short videos will bring you up-close-and-personal with folks hard at work, giving you new insight and perspective on what it takes to effect change through social enterprise.


Watch. Learn. Enjoy.

Toward Leadership 2.0: The Banff Centre takes its next leap forward
by Elisa Birnbaum
on March 26, 2014



This month the Alberta Government announced an allocation of $70 million in support of The Peter Lougheed Leadership Initiative, $35 million of which will support the creation of the Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute at the Banff Centre.


The new project is reflective of a newfound focus, spearheaded, in part, by its relatively new president and visionary, Jeff Melanson. No question, it's exciting times for the Centre, a phenomenal and most unique place.

Making the Case for the Social Impact Bond: In conversation with Tracy Palandjian of Social Finance US
by Elisa Birnbaum
on March 23, 2014

Tracy Palandijan, Social Finance US


Founded in January 2011, Social Finance US is a nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing investment capital to drive social progress. Focused on designing public-private-nonprofit partnerships that tackle complex social challenges such as poverty and crime, at the core of their work is the development of Social Impact Bonds (SIBs), drawing upon private capital to fund projects focused on those challenges, while generating social and financial returns for investors.


SEE Change recently spoke with Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder Tracy Palandjian to discuss the forward-thinking organization she co-founded, its goals and challenges and her uncompromising faith in an innovative tool called the Social Impact Bond.


Social Innovation: Pathways to success
by Heloise Buckland
on March 20, 2014

innovation chalkboard



The challenges of our time are increasingly complex and interconnected. The solutions require not just innovation but interaction between many different elements including new business models and financial mechanisms, new relationships that align government, social actors and business and fresh strategies to scale up operations that are fast enough to catch up with the runaway problems we currently face such as climate change.


Incremental improvements are simply not enough; systemic change is called for both in industrialized and emerging economies.

Find Money for Your Business by Thinking Outside the Box
by Drew Tulchin
on March 17, 2014

think outside box


Industry reports on impact investing cite lots of capital, with millions of dollars flowing into this sector each year. For those running social ventures, however, capital is hard-won. Raising money can feel like a full time job in itself.


As you fight and pinch for every dollar, getting the business off the ground and bringing your idea to the world seems to take a back seat.


Meet Magnus - and Support People with Special Needs
by Nadia Hamilton
on March 12, 2014

Nadia Hamilton, Magnusmode


My brother, Troy, has autism. Like many other special needs families, our family portrait consists of a whirlwind of acronyms (EIP, IEP, PECS, ABA, SI, IBI, DSM), with us clinging to each other and our sanity in the centre of it all. Like many others affected by autism,  my siblings and I gained the ability to switch among the roles of sibling, parent, friend and teacher from moment to moment.


We developed eyes in the back of our heads, ever alert to threats and dangers. We learned to deflect passive-aggressive blows. We did whatever we could to support Troy’s early development. Ask anyone who loves someone with autism and they’ll tell you that’s just the way it is.


Getting Ahead By Investing From Within
by Kimberley Jutze
on March 10, 2014

Leaves on Tree, by digitalart @freedigitalphotos.net


“Keep your eye on the prize” is a common catch phrase that, for the social enterprise community, has come to mean staying focused on achieving your social change goal. Oftentimes, the decision to become a changemaker - and to accept all the sacrifices that come along with this choice - is driven by a life-changing experience that has altered how social entrepreneurs see the world and prompted them to take action.


From this perspective, it is understandable why social entrepreneurs are so passionate about their cause and devote so much of their attention to it.


However, there is a downside to being so strongly focused on achieving social change goals.

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