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Ontario launches new Social Enterprise Strategy

Ministry of Economic Development and Growth / 21 June 2016

ontario_logoOntario has launched a new five-year strategy that will help social enterprises grow their businesses, enter new markets and create jobs, while addressing complex social and environmental challenges.

Ontario’s Social Enterprise Strategy 2016-2021 sets out significant commitments in three key areas:

  • Equipping social enterprises with solid business fundamentals
  • Connecting social enterprises to markets and capital to grow and scale
  • Demonstrating the value of social enterprise and social finance to investors, government, and communities

Ontario will invest more than $6 million in the first year of this renewed strategy. The province will leverage Ontario’s existing entrepreneurship infrastructure, impact investment capital, and a growing market opportunity to support social enterprises.

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A Library of Things puts Frome on the map as a sharing town

resilience.org / Cat Johnson / 15 June 2015

SHAREShopImagine going to a shop, borrowing anything you like, and returning it when you’re finished. This is the idea behind SHARE: a Library of Things. Opened in late-April in Frome, a town in northeast England, the aim of SHARE is to enable people to spend less, waste less, and connect more. The first of its kind in the U.K., SHARE has already sparked interest from other communities.

“We have daily positive comments about the idea [and] the community seems to be in full support,” says Charley Murrell, one of the project managers of SHARE. “We have also been contacted by various people from over the country wanting to replicate a similar project and asking for advice.”

Murrell, along with seven other young adults, planned, researched and created the shop in eight weeks as part of an intensive program designed to teach them about social enterprises. The brainchild of Anna Francis, Frome town council’s energy and recycling officer, SHARE was catalyzed by Edventure, a “social enterprise supporting young adults to take initiative and create viable, sustainable futures for themselves and their communities.” It was also supported by local community members who contributed expertise, time, and donations.

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Reviving the lost art of fixing

resilience.org / Ute Scheub / 12 June 2015

repair workAt the Repair and Service Center in Vienna, the long-term unemployed retrain to be “mechatronic engineers” and repair electronic devices. Founder Sepp Eisenriegler tirelessly initiates networks, projects, and cafés—all dedicated to the art of fixing things.

Dishwasher baskets. Washing machine drums. Shock absorbers. Electric motors. Fan belts. Radio tubes. Computer hard drives. Screws, screws, screws. In the basement of the Repair and Service Center (RUSZ) in Vienna’s district of Penzing, there are about 25,000 spare parts on more than 7,000 square feet, neatly sorted. The approximately 40 employees at RUSZ keep reaching for the shelves as they fix broken electronics

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Local food is key to local good for downtown Cobourg

Northumberland News / Dominik Wisniewski / 19 February 2015

Nicole BeattyWhile the proposed Victoria Market Collective is seeking support from the Town of Cobourg to secure a retail location downtown, its completion could have far-reaching benefits to the community.

In exchange for the provision of space, be it purchased or re-purposed, and/or the donation of utilities and water by the Town, the collective aims to:

  • Create job opportunities for youth, people with disabilities and the unemployed, while providing skills training, portfolio building and a gateway to a career,
  • Have a social impact that extends into the community, providing a public space for people to gather and brainstorm — a library combined with a shopping experience, and
  • Provide market exposure that could become a hallmark for ‘localism’ in the community.

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Green Werks garden at St. Joseph’s

ON Co-op / Newsletter / 23 October 2014

greenwerksGreen Werks, a business unit of Team Werks Co-operative in Thunder Bay, is celebrating another successful harvest! Since 2011, the Green Werks garden has produced organically-grown vegetables and provided employment experience for consumers of mental health services.

This year’s crop was grown in a co-op garden behind the Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital (LPH), and will be used in the cafeteria and catering services of St. Joseph’s hospital and the LPH. The harvest provided more than 2000 pounds of produce and gave at least seven clients meaningful employment and training opportunities as part of the St. Joseph’s Care Group Employment Options program.

While employed, clients are provided work accommodation based on their individual needs. Once they have gained the necessary confidence, skills and experience, they have the opportunity to move on to other forms of employment in the community if they choose.

In addition to providing its care facilities with seasonal vegetables and herbs, Green Werks donates a large portion of its harvest to the Regional Food Distribution Association (RFDA). In fact, they have donated more than 4000 pounds of produce since the project’s inception. Their community food project has brought them great success in being able to provide local food for their cafeteria and catering menus. However, this program provides more opportunity and valuable training opportunities for their mental health clients in addition to locally-produced food.

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The Transition Framework

Inner Transition is occasionally overlooked in favour of more immediately ‘practical’ undertakings, reinforcing an observed and acknowledged division in many Transition Initiatives between “doers” and “talkers”, but for Transition Initiatives looking to foster a kind of community resilience that is equitable, inclusive, nimble, responsive, caring, and cohesive, Inner Transition efforts are a necessary place to start.

— Anne Rucchetto, Blake Poland
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