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 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.
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.
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.
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.
All organizations were, at some point, at a start up stage and likely had to explore the question of funding.
When we work in spaces that lead to positive social outcomes, we’re creating social value.