Leading into the Future: Inspiring and Activating Community Social Innovation
A series of three independent discovery workshops designed to inspire social innovation, activate local talent and
increase resilience, with a particular focus on women is being organized by
SEE,- NORDIK Institute’s Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
“The series will engage participants in the
fundamentals of place-based social innovation in the COVID-19 context”, states
Jude Ortiz, NORDIK’s Research Coordinator. “It focuses on what has changed,
what people can do about it and the social pressure points that drive action.
It reveals how regions similar to Northern Ontario have developed thriving
successful enterprises, and features a variety of successful northern ones.”
The presentation, guest speakers and registrant
discussion format is designed to encourage, support and strengthen social
enterprises, i.e. businesses with a social, cultural or environmental concern.
It provides space to raise questions, connect those interested in community
change and/or who are doing this work with resources to continue
Everyone interested in shaping community change
is welcome, from aspiring and existing social entrepreneurs, community leaders
and champions, business development organizations, economic development
officers, tourism and funding agencies, and the broader public.
The three online workshops are offered as a
series, but can be taken separately. They run March 2, 3, and 4, from 12 noon -
1 pm ET.
March 2: Social
Innovation and Community Development. Ledby Sean Meades, Director of NORDIK Institute,
provides the current context for social innovation, the shift to value,
principle-based development, and the role of women in an inclusive economy,
with examples of community-wide social innovation and non-traditional ventures.
March 3: Inspiration for Social Innovation. Moderated by Allston Pele, Manager of the Northwest Business Centre, this workshop focuses
on organizational structures of social enterprises, including hybrids,
cooperatives, and sole proprietorships, with founders highlighting the pros and
cons and their choice of structure as well as their ‘next steps.’
March 4: Activating Ideas: Laura Fylyshtan, Green
Building Research Coordinator, reThink Green’s session focuses on community
champions and social impact, featuring northern social enterprises from different
sectors and points in their entrepreneurial journey.
now for Leading into the Future: Inspiring and Activating Community Social Innovation. The three workshops can be taken as a series, or
as individual workshops. Each online event runs from 12 noon – 1 pm ET. March
2, 3, and 4, 2021.
Theworkshop series is part of the Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network
(WOSEN) project that supports women and gender non-binary people, typically
underrepresented in business, to create and grow enterprises that embed social
values into their business model, such as through cooperative, non-profit, as
well as both for-profit and not-for-profit social enterprises.
WOSEN is a collaborative led by Pillar
Nonprofit Network in partnership with NORDIK Institute, the Centre for Social
Innovation and Social Venture Connexion (SVX). NORDIK’s SEE is the lead for the
Northern Ontario region. Pillar Nonprofit Network is supported through the
Government of Canada’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Strategy Ecosystem Fund, delivered by the Federal Economic Development
Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).
NORDIK (Northern Ontario Research,
Development, Ideas and Knowledge) Institute is an innovative community-based
research hub that has evolved from the Community, Economic, and Social
Development (CESD) program and research at Algoma University. It is committed
to the practice of holistic community development and has established strong
links with other research institutes, universities, and colleges. NORDIK is
committed to the practice of holistic community development and building local
research capacity by working closely with its community partners and providing
mentorship to new researchers and community development practitioners. For more
information, please visit www.nordikinstitute.com.
Social Enterprise and
Entrepreneurship (SEE) is an initiative led by NORDIK Institute to support the
development of the social economy through the building capacity of social
entrepreneurship by strengthening the ecosystem. For more information please
Pillar Nonprofit Network supports over 610 nonprofits,
social enterprises and innovators by sharing resources, knowledge and
connections across the three pillars of nonprofit, business and government.
Centre for Social Innovation Torontois
home to 1,000 nonprofits, charities and social ventures and provides these
members with the spaces, knowledge, tools, resources and connections they need
to grow their impact. For 15 years, CSI has been female-led.
Social Venture Connexion (SVX) is a non-profit financial services
firm that designs strategies, manages funds, and mobilizes capital for social
purpose organizations and investors. We work across sectors that deliver
meaningful social impact to society, including cleantech, health, education,
food, and social inclusion. SVX has operations across Canada, the United
States, and Mexico.
FedDev Ontario works to advance and diversify the southern Ontario economy
through funding opportunities and business services that support innovation and
growth in Canada’s most populous region. The Agency has delivered impressive
results, which can be seen in southern Ontario businesses that are creating
innovative technologies, improving their productivity, growing their revenues,
and in the economic advancement of communities across the region. Learn more
about the impacts the Agency is having in southern Ontario by exploring our pivotal projects.