Operation Grow is a community hub combining a vertical farm, a commercial kitchen, a yoga and meditation hall, meeting rooms, and shower and laundry facilities. All aspects of this social enterprise have been informed by the women they serve and designed to support women to increase resiliency and employability, and build relationships. http://www.operationgrow.ca/
The Fourth Pig
The Fourth Pig is a non-profit worker co-operative that is owned and operated by its members. Their mission is to foster ecologically balanced methods of construction and energy production in order to promote more sustainable and healthy communities. http://www.fourthpig.org
What is Social Enterprise?
Social enterprise can be complex to define. There are many debates on the definition which directly reflects the diversity of stakeholders participating in shaping the emerging sector. Perspectives may stretch widely, however social enterprises at work creating positive impact in our communities provide us with further depth of understanding.
The Harmony Centre
The Harmony Centre has become a thriving community hub in Owen Sound, Ontario. With a mission of preserving welcoming, accessible spaces for community to share, create, and perform. http://www.harmonycentreos.ca/
Explore the real people and real places that are defining social enterprise as part of their daily lives and working to solve complex problems. SENCO is connecting and catalyzing social enterprise in Central Ontario through the voices of those closest to the work. The SENCO podcast will ask, What is social enterprise? Who are social entrepreneurs? How can anyone get involved? The SENCO Podcast finds answers to these questions-follow along as we explore everything about social enterprise.
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Intervals of Growth
The glow of light photons and social enterprise. The connection is made clear at Operation Grow in Midland, Ontario. This social enterprise merges technology, food security and needs identified by women who have experienced violence. Find out how all this intersects in the SENCO podcast.
Do you need a bionic arm to work at this social enterprise? Don’t let the sci-fi vibes of Operation Grow in Midland, Ontario fool you – this intersectional and innovative social enterprise is 100% real. Find out more with the SENCO podcast. Follow us for more audiograms and subscribe to the full SENCO podcast when it is released.
Growing Up Social
The way kids learn is changing rapidly and Launch Pad is meeting the need. Launch Pad is a youth centre that incorporates social enterprise in Hanover, Ontario. It provides training, skills and experiences for local youth in a way that is great for their bottom line too. They empower youth to explore their curiosity, discover their niche, and enhance their skills. Find out exactly how they do this with the SENCO podcast. Follow us for more audiograms and subscribe to the full SENCO podcast when it is released.
An invitation from SENCO podcast host, Jenna Stevenato, to join us in revealing the conversations, connections and confusions around social enterprise. Why is it necessary to take on social issues at a local level? We’re going to find out. Follow us at senco.io for more audiograms and subscribe to the full SENCO podcast when it is released:
Whether this is your first time hearing the term “social enterprise” or you’ve lived and worked in this space for years, the SENCO podcast is for you. Host Jenna Stevenato explores the human stories of social enterprise through the lens of experts like Cathy Lang and dozens of others. Follow us at senco.io for more audiograms and subscribe to the full SENCO podcast when it is released:
The Circular Economy
Imagine your home and each room in it. Now imagine it without all of the tables, beds, chairs and desks. This is a reality for many families and The Furniture Bank social enterprise in Etobicoke, Ontario is working to solve this. Used furniture donations have changed the lives of 1000’s of people – find out how this model could impact Simcoe county with the SENCO podcast. Follow us for more audiograms and subscribe to the full SENCO podcast when it is released.
Building Social Enterprise
This social enterprise was born out of a top-secret location in a 8’x10’ room. Community Builders in Midhurst, Ontario is building social enterprise literally and figuratively by addressing affordable housing, training and employment. The question they always ask their clients is, “How is your project serving others?”. Find out their answers to this in the SENCO podcast. Follow us for more audiograms and subscribe to the full SENCO podcast when it is released.
Under One Roof
What does social enterprise look like in an environment with multiple organizations? Common Roof in Barrie and Orillia, Ontario is creating capacity for change by bringing different organizations together under one roof. Their approach is rooted in the concept of a clear public benefit. Follow us for more audiograms and subscribe to the full SENCO podcast when it is released.
Speak with any social entrepreneur and they will be able to tell you about all the highs and lows of developing a social enterprise organization.
As 2018 wraps up, you may be looking to the new year for inspiration, goals and personal growth.
One of the common refrains associated with social enterprise is the idea that we “vote with our dollar.” The places we chose to spend money on food, essentials, and gifts for others (or ourselves) benefit directly from our patronage.Motivations for spending are changing for individuals, organizations and institutions.This applies on an individual level since most of us, at some point, have purchased something for reasons beyond a simple seller-customer relationship.