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.
We all have come across a story of a group of people working hard to make social change and had the reaction: “I can’t believe I haven’t heard of this before!”.
Social enterprise is rooted in making positive change in social, environmental, and cultural spaces.
The Meaning of “Social”: Social Entrepreneurs, Social Enterprise and Social InnovationWhat exactly is the “social” when we talk about social entrepreneurs, social enterprises and social innovation? While the details of how these terms are defined and used are up for debate, it is important to remember that, at this very moment, there are individuals and organizations out there doing this work.