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Canada's Francophone Community: Key players in the country's social enterprise development
by Ethel Cote and Émanuèle Lapierre-Fortin
on June 01, 2014


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Two leading social enterprise practitioners share the accomplishments of Quebec and the Francophone community in growing the social economy and social enterprise movement in Canada


Turning Investment into Opportunity: why microfinance and impact investing matter
by Mariam Dao Gabala
on June 01, 2014


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Mariam Dao Gabala, thought leader on microfinance and impact investing in developing nations, took time out of her busy cross-Canada speaking tour to pen this op-ed for SEE Change on the role these financing strategies play in empowering women around the world.

Walk the Line, SEA-Style
by Suzanne N. Smith
on May 03, 2014

SEA summit logo

This past month social entrepreneurs gathered at the Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) Summit 2014 in Nashville, Tenn., and enjoyed content-rich workshops, engaging pitches from social entrepreneurs, excellent Southern cuisine and music from some of Nashville’s up-and-comers. SEA did a great wrap-up to give you a sense of the vibe at this year’s conference along with some notable highlights.


"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.


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.


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