Economy Archive

Improbable Pairs Vital to Strengths Network Success

To scale up AI effects, more ‘uncommon combinations’ imperative: Luc Verheijen

The “improbable pairs” that are integral to the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) approach certainly drove a Belgian AI network’s success, says co-facilitator Luc Verheijen.

Being Socially Responsible Prepared Company for Fast Growth: CEO

Rhiza Labs opening new office

Web-based software company Rhiza Labs is experiencing tremendous growth, and being socially responsible has helped the company be prepared for the heightened demand, says CEO Josh Knauer.

Resilient Capital Program to Build Social Enterprise Sector

Save-on-Meats, Corporate Knights and Atira Property Management first recipients

VANCOUVER - When restaurateur Mark Brand was offered an opportunity to take over Save-on-Meats, a butcher shop and diner that served as an anchor in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, he’d been an entrepreneur long enough to know what his biggest challenge would be: accessing capital.

New Curriculum Promotes Co-ops in the Classroom

All for Each an accessible resource for high school teachers

When the Ontario Co-operative Association launched a new co-operative curriculum at the spring Ontario Business Educators Association conference they were “flooded” by interested teachers, says Kerr Smith.

Social Finance Forum Attracts Diverse Group

Event provides opportunities for networking, brainstorming and exploring new ideas

TORONTO – At last week’s Social Finance Forum, attendees from different sectors and places dug into conversation about moving forward impact investing in Canada.

Canadian Task Force on Social Finance: A Year Later

An update on the seven recommendations to mobilize private capital for public good

TORONTO – A year after the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance launched its report and seven recommendations to mobilize private capital for public good, chair Ilse Treurnicht provided an update to 400 people gathered for its anniversary event Dec. 13.

Reflecting on the Social Finance Landscape in 2011

‘All hands on deck’ needed for success in Canada, says task force chair

TORONTO - Ilse Treurnicht provided an update and overview of social finance in Canada during the past year at the Dec. 13 opening of the Social Finance Forum hosted by the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing.

Belgium Appreciative Inquiry Network Surprised by Outcomes

There are many stories like this, we need to lift them up, learn from them: World Appreciative Inquiry Conference co-organizer

An Appreciative Inquiry (AI) learning network launched in 2008 with 80 people from diverse organizations sprang outcomes co-organizer Luc Verheijen says he never envisioned.

Collabetition to Catalyze Social Innovation Spirit in B.C.

Province-wide initiative asks citizens, nonprofit and business to submit new ideas to social, economic and environmental issues

It’s already happening, and the “collabetition” hasn’t even launched.

Social Finance Forum to Connect Entrepreneurs and Investors

Expert speakers, pitch clinics and interactive workshops featured at Dec. 13-14 event

A year after the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance released its report and seven recommendations to mobilize private capital for public good, a Dec. 13-14 Social Finance Forum in Toronto will forward the conversation and bring together entrepreneurs and investors.