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Air Miles for Social Change Director Aims to Harness Power of Business to Make Better World

Broad-appeal product, partnerships critical to scaling social business: Owen Ward

When he was 21, Owen Ward took a year off and travelled the world, mainly through developing countries, where he was struck by the grinding poverty, and prevalence of things that “just aren’t right.”

SVI: An Unconventional, Necessary Approach to Enterprise Building

Sustainival executive producer Joey Hundert credits 4-day forum as advancing social business

Friday afternoon at the Social Venture Institute (SVI) on Cortes Island: an impromptu group of 60 people start intimate one-on-one conversations about how they can do business together or support each other’s work.

Social Entrepreneur Finds Tribe in Social Venture Forum

Support for leaders in movement, who face unprecedented challenges, is noteworthy: Mike Rowlands

In 2009 brand consultant Mike Rowlands was working hard to move his company Octopus Strategies to a client portfolio that was entirely mission-based.

Nicole Bridger Creates Socially Conscious Clothing

Company shows designer labels can be conscious

Nicole Bridger is sewing something different into the fabric of her clothing design company — a philosophy to do what is right for the Earth, its people and spirit.

Building Lasting Relationships: SVI Nourishes Social Entrepreneurs

Co-ordinator Heidi Hartman says developing space for participants to be vulnerable is rewarding career

When Social Venture Institute (SVI) co-ordinator Heidi Hartman decided to stand in front of participants and share how she’d recently moved to Vancouver and was looking for friends, she didn’t know how . . .

SVI Attracts Talent to Change the World through Business

Co-founder of Give Something Back Office Supplies inspired by event convening social purpose entrepreneurs

There was night kayaking to view marine life that glowed, nourishing vegetarian fare, and lively evening festivities, but Mike Hannigan says the Social Venture Institute’s (SVI) real attraction was the many talented people using business for social good.

Junxion Strategy in the Exciting Playing Field of Social Venture

Canadian consulting firm finds India ripe for social business

From the abundance of opportunities with small to medium business in India to eager interest from extraction companies in West Africa, Michael Rowlands of the recently restructured Canadian consulting firm, Junxion Strategy, sees an exciting playing field before him in the social venture sector.

Social Venture Institute Creates Transformative Experiences

Event convenes socially-conscious entrepreneurs, investors and leaders

Socially-conscious CEOs, entrepreneurs and investors will be sharing their experiences in a rejuvenating environment at Social Venture Institute (SVI) Sept. 14-18.

The Power of Collaborative AI Recognized

Culture change within long-term care organization turns heads internationally

A collaborative approach to organizational change can be likened to the growth rings on an Oak tree. It begins in the centre, barely visible, but with each new voice and each new believer in the process, the rings spread outward, creating a core of immeasurable strength.

Stories of Success Yield Energy, Hope, Ideas, Buy-in

Asheville, North Carolina community takes new path to creating a place where children thrive

With a big-picture goal of creating a community where all children thrive, an Asheville, North Carolina advocacy organization had great success recently with what is still a relatively uncommon approach in community development in the U.S.


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