Global Forum a Hotbed of Social Enterprise Curiosity

A resounding message in last night's opening plenary of the Social Enterprise World Forum in Calgary was that of the promise in co-operation for the future of social enterprise. “Imagine if we focus on the goodness of our adversaries; imagine if we stop blaming one another and took responsibility for own behaviour, our addictive nature, our consumerism, our carbon expenditure and approached each other with the splendour of our gifts and yes, our imperfections,” advocate and social entrepreneur Al Etmanski said in his address.
Thanks to students and faculty of Ambrose University College, pictured above, for their spirited co-operation in demonstrating Al's concept of the three kinds of entrepreneurs he says are integral to creating change — the disruptive, the receptive and the bridging social entrepreneur.

Global Forum a Hotbed of Social Enterprise Curiosity

What's your burning social enterprise question?
CALGARY – The Social Enterprise World Forum delegates convening in Calgary this week bring a rich blend of social enterprise questions and issues they're keen to explore with peers in the field.
 
Meghan Dear's question centres on modelling social mission. “It’s one thing to talk about mandate and social purpose, but it’s another to get into the nitty gritty of how you model it,” says the Alberta founder of a two-year-old social-mission business, Localize.
 
  Localize founder Meghan Dear says her organization’s current issue centres on modelling social mission.

The growth and scale of social enterprise is a pressing topic for Heather O'Hara these days — figuring out the sweet spot in terms of self-sufficiency and at what point a social enterprise is too big or growing for growth’s sake.

“It’s not that I’m looking for what’s right or wrong but more of a different perspective on growth and scale generally,” says the director for a B.C. Social enterprise, Potluck Cafe and Catering.
 
Axiom News invites you to share your most burning question or issue below or via Twitter using the hashtag #myburningsocent?
 
We'll be selecting some of these to engage in further on- and off-line conversation over the next couple of days, so keep checking back.
 
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