Social Enterprise as a Coral Reef: Insights into the Evolution of Social Impact

 

To mix metaphors, seeing successful social enterprises as coral reefs may be the tip of the iceberg in a new understanding of how social enterprises grow and affect social change, and how we can help them do so. These themes will be explored more fully at our EconoUs2017 event Doing Business Differently: An evening of celebration and insight on September 14, 2017.

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We see the value of social + financial.

At its core, social entrepreneurship uses markets and new ideas to solve social problems. Regardless of whether it’s an individual or an organization, regardless of their choice of incorporation- non-profit or for-profit, these elements are the driving force.

We support social entrepreneurship.

We are a private foundation that believes in supporting social entrepreneurship through programmatic, grant making, and partnership approaches. We take a systems view to every decision we make and foster social entrepreneurship by supporting the ecosystem and providing social entrepreneurs with capacity building resources.

We are entrepreneurial.

We believe in making social entrepreneurship mainstream. We know we can’t do it alone. Which is why we don’t just fund organizations; we work with them and learn with them to move the sector forward, taking risks along the way.
OUT AND ABOUT (October/17)

OUT AND ABOUT (October/17)

There are a growing number of events connected to social entrepreneurship. Many of them happen in our home city, demonstrating what an incredible hub of activity Calgary is. The Trico Foundation team is pleased to attend many of them and wish we could attend more.

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Trico Changemakers Studio: Bringing Worlds Together

Trico Changemakers Studio: Bringing Worlds Together

The Studio doesn’t just seek to bring different groups together in its work, its very existence was the result of  a diverse coming together of government (federal and the province of Alberta), a post-secondary institution (MRU), a private company (Trico Homes) and a Foundation (Trico Charitable Foundation).

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Reimagining Social Impact Education

Reimagining Social Impact Education

This conversation isn’t a conversation of terminology. It is a recognition that if the students who leave our institutions are to be partners in solving wicked problems, they need learning experiences designed to showcase how knowledge is contextual and ever-evolving.  Our community working to transform social impact education need not all work in the same way. Instead, as our international community of educators and institutions shapes itself, the guiding light of learning rather than knowing gives us room to play while upholding our current best understanding of the nature of learning and knowledge.

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