Social Innovation Media Scan – May 2-8, 2015, Compliments of Joel Casselman


To help raise awareness of the work and contributions made by social enterprises to communities and the economy, the Province of British Columbia has, for the second year in a row, proclaimed May 2015 as Social Enterprise Month<>.

The Trico Foundation’s blog released a case study<> of TurnAround Couriers, one of the four recipients of the 2014 Social EnterPrize.  Case studies of the other two recipients will be released in the near future.

Social Innovation Generation’s website carried a post<> describing the potential of a research and development engine to generate greater social impact outcomes.

Futurpreneur announced the opening of applications for the fifth annual Spin Master Innovation Fund<>.  The fund will select 10 finalists who will be eligible for up to $50,000 in financing, mentoring and expert-led workshops for up to 10 young entrepreneurs who meet Futurpreneur’s criteria for innovative business ideas.

The Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet), Simon Fraser University, and Mount Royal University are currently undertaking the 2015 Social Enterprise Survey for Ontario<>.

Le Comité sectoriel de main d’oeuvre d’économie social et action communautaire a annoncé le lancement de l’enquête nationale<> à recueillir des données et informations ciblées auprès des regroupements, des organismes et entreprises du secteur de l’économie sociale et de l’action communautaire.

International News

(USA) JP Morgan and the Global Impact Investing Network, released Eyes on the Horizon<>, the 2015 edition of their impact investment survey.  The survey provides detailed insight into a number of key market variables such as the types of investors, the number and size of investments, reported risk and use of loss protection, and private equity exits.

(UK) The Social Economy Alliance announced that 231 candidates in the upcoming general election have signed the Social Economy Charter<>.

(USA) The Poughskeepie Journal carried an editorial column that described the US Social Innovation Fund<> as a slush fund aimed towards President Obama’s “progressive cronies”.

(UK) Social Enterprise UK posted a blog<> examining what the major UK political parties have been saying about the social enterprise sector and the social economy.

(USA) John Buckley, global head of corporate social responsibility (CSR) at BNY Mellon, presented the first ever BNY Mellon Social Finance Prize<> to a team of Rutgers MBA students for the Aspen Institute’s recent annual Business & Society International MBA Case Competition.

(UK) Thames Reach released a report<> describing its experiences in using a Social Impact Bond to provide support services to persons who have experienced long term homelessness.

Events & Conferences

The inaugural Social Innovation Week<> will take place in Boston from May 8 to 15, 2015.  The collaboration will feature major keynotes, talks, panel sessions, and networking receptions in a range of formats and venues, bringing together more than 100 speakers and 1,000 attendees with a focus on how social media can be used to achieve business goals.

The Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) will be hosting a webinar, Creating Inclusive Employment: The Manitoba Social Enterprise Strategy<> on May 12, 2015 at 12:00 pm.  The webinar will examine the process behind the strategy’s development, its highlights and lessons learned for other jurisdictions.

The Canadian Evaluation Society (National Capital Chapter) and Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services at the University of Ottawa will be hosting an evaluation learning event for the Not-For-Profit sector<> to be held at the University of Ottawa on May 12, 2015 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.

The Social Economy Centre will be hosting an interactive workshop, Strategic Fundraising: Securing the Resources You Need<>, on May 15, 2015.  The workshop will provide participants with tools and resource materials to determine the most successful and effective fundraising and resource development techniques.

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