Recipient of the Social EnterPrize in 2011, the Potluck Café Society is featured in the latest edition of our case study series, our effort to more effectively tell the stories of amazing Canadian social enterprises.
Written by RADIUS of the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, the study demonstrates a social enterprise committed to extensive and ongoing evolution – from pivots in its models, to changes in leadership, to impact that ranges from serving sandwiches to systemic food security.
“Tell me a fact and I’ll learn. Tell me a truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever” Native American Proverb
Created by the Trico Charitable Foundation in 2011, the biennial Social EnterPrize celebrate and advance leadership and excellence in social entrepreneurship in Canada. Social enterprises are organizations, for-profit or not-for-profit, that blend the social and the entrepreneurial by using business models/markets to solve social problems.
The Trico Charitable Foundation is inviting Canadian post-secondary institutions to apply to undertake case studies on its Social EnterPrize recipients. In total, five social enterprises will be studied:
three Vancouver-based organizations: The Cleaning Solution, Mission Possible, & Potluck Cafe;
one Hawkesbury, Ontario-based organization: Groupe Convex Prescott-Russell; and
one Calgary-based organization: Women In Need Society [WINS].
This article was originally published on February 5th, 2016 on the SiG website. It has been cross-posted with permission from the author Kelsey Spitz, Senior Associate at SiG National.
“The truth about stories is that that’s all we are…” ― Thomas King, The Truth About Stories (2003)
This article was originally published on October 23rd, 2015 on the Social Finance website. It has been cross-posted with permission from the author Kevin Taylor, Senior Associate, MaRS Centre for Impact Investing.
This article was originally published on October 30th, 2015 on the Social Finance website. It has been cross-posted with permission from the author Ellen Martin, COO, SoJo.