Economy Archive

Strengths Resonate at Cincinnati Summit

Participants experience Appreciative Inquiry process in co-creating city's future

Hundreds of people experienced the strengths-based, whole-system Appreciative Inquiry process first-hand during the Feb. 17-19 CoreChange Summit in Cincinnati.

Green Energy Task Force Aiming for Co-operative Solutions

Financing and public acceptance could be resolved by adopting co-operative ownership

When the County of Frontenac’s deputy warden Denis Doyle set out to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM’s) sustainability conference and trade show in early February, he was on a mission to return with new environmentally sustainable practices and creative funding ideas to ensure productive and beautiful land in his county for now and into the future.

For B.C.’s Social Enterprise Sector, it’s Time to Celebrate and Collaborate

Enterprising Non-Profits gears up to host second annual Day of Learning

Junxion Strategy principal Mike Rowlands is fascinated by social enterprise, and as a firm providing consulting services to the sector he’s also aware of how difficult working in the emerging space can be. It’s why he’s delighted to be part of a one-day event sharing best practices while celebrating the pioneering work of social entrepreneurs.

Co-op Model Makes Sense for Calgary Farmers’ Market

Vendors involved in ownership, guidance of organization

With more than 100 vendors selling their produce and goods at the Calgary Farmers’ Market, general manager Ken Aylesworth says being a co-operative makes sense as all the vendors have a way to work towards a common goal.

The Common Threads in Transformed Churches

Researcher points to power of appreciation, the invitation and storytelling

Churches that have introduced Appreciative Inquiry (AI) are seeing what researcher Cameron Eccleston calls “transformative” results, but what’s most at play in these outcomes?

Mission Possible's Revenue Jumps After Social Enterprise Dragons

Vancouver company named best emerging social enterprise in Canada

When Brian Postlewait entered MP Maintenance into Enterprising Non-Profits' Social Enterprise Dragons in 2010, it had an annual revenue of $60,000. This year, the Vancouver social enterprise is expected to gross $300,000.

More Churches Try Appreciative Inquiry

Could the approach save them?

When he first began bringing Appreciative Inquiry (AI) to congregations across the U.S. and Canada, Rob Voyle says he felt like a “voice crying in the wilderness,” but more than 10 years later, he's much less alone.

Focus on Cost Not Benefit, Health Care Social Enterprise Learns

Social Enterprise Dragons help Health and Home Care Society B.C. stay competitive

Wendy Williams' social enterprise challenge is similar to others working in the sector.

Positive Journalist on a Mission

Leo Bormans proposes a measure of happiness for all is possible

Following one of his lectures on happiness, Leo Bormans recalls a teenage boy approaching him to say he’d discovered his calling in life as a result of listening to Leo: he wanted to be an optimist and could see this was entirely possible.

200 World Leaders Get Happiness Book

Happiness as government priority would shake up primacy of economic well-being, for one, says author

European Council chairman Herman Van Rompuy sent a significant message when he delivered an evidence-based book on happiness as a Christmas gift to 200 world leaders last year.


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