SE Summit 08: Future of Social Entrepreneurship
4:10 Introduction – Tim Draimin, Executive Director, Social Innovation Generation, Chair, Causeway Social Finance Breakthrough Social Entrepreneurs Look to the Future Join these Canadian leaders as they explain what contributed to their success and what we can expect on the horizon for social entrepreneurship in Canada. Speakers:
- Mary Gordon , Roots of Empathy
- Peter Nares, SEDI
- Al Etmanski, PLAN
Future of Social Entrepreneurship
Highlighting Ashoka since everyone on this panel are Ashoka Fellows:
Ashoka is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs—men and women with system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Since 1981, we have elected over 2,000 leading social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows, providing them with living stipends, professional support, and access to a global network of peers in more than 60 countries.
With our global community, we develop models for collaboration and design infrastructure needed to advance the field of social entrepreneurship and the citizen sector.
Our Fellows inspire others to adopt and spread their innovations – demonstrating to all citizens that they too have the potential to be powerful changemakers.
Peter Nares, SEDI
Social and Enterprise Development Innovations (SEDI) is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping low-income Canadians achieve economic self-sufficiency. Our initiatives focus on three areas: financial literacy, asset-building and entrepreneurship.
For over 20 years, SEDI has worked with more than 800 nonprofit and government agencies across Canada. Through our strong networks, expertise and credibility, we are able to narrow the gap between communities and policy-makers, influencing social policies that affect low-income Canadians.
Notes on Peter’s talk: Real challenge for community organizations to focus on the whole systems approach, especially when they are trying to make ends meet Challenge is in working with government, private and public sector all at the same time, working horizontally instead of vertical (government is structured vertically) Social entrepreneurship is a connecting process and is needed now more than ever – vital to progress – social entrepreneurs are ahead of the curve and are able to identify opportunities amidst chaos – opportunities that are able to produce social change Cultivate social entrepreneurs, just like we do with artists. investments will be required – not just in terms of financial investments, but also building capacity that can yield both social (human capital) and economic results Imagination is needed
“We are told never to cross a bridge till we come to it, but this world is owned by men and women who have crossed bridges in their imagination far ahead of the crowd.” – Library, Speakers
Mary Gordon – Roots of Empathy
Roots of Empathy is an award winning, evidence-based classroom program that has shown dramatic effect in reducing levels of aggression among schoolchildren by raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy. The program reaches elementary schoolchildren from Kindergarten to Grade 8. In Canada, the program is delivered in English and French and reaches rural, urban, and remote communities including Aboriginal communities. Roots of Empathy is also delivered in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.
Notes on Mary’s talk: Evidence when you do engage families, you do help the children. Roots of Empathy is bringing the community to the school, which is a mandate of education.
Al Etmanski, SiG@PLAN
I have written about Al Etmanski and the PLAN Institute before, click here to read Notes on Al’s talk: Registered Disabilities Savings Plan (RDSP) Vote for the RDSP on Changemakers.net in the Banking for Social Change competition The RDSP will be available on Dec 1, 2009
Impact: 500,000 individuals and families immediately
$200,000 lifetime contribution limit
Matching Disability Savings Grant
Market potential $80 billion
Disability Benefits implications:
- raise asset limit – eliminate claw back – transform welfare system Al’s recommended approach to pursuing a solution to a tough problem:
“Describe your solution in the fullest possible terms, and then double it.”
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