Building A Movement: SEWF09


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Ethel Cote joins Geraldine Cahill for her take on the Social Enterprise World Forum in Melbourne, Australia this year. The exciting part for Ethel was the building global movement around social enterprise.

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Building A Movement: SEWF09

  1. 1. Éthel Côté Social Enterprise Practitioner Canadian Center for Community Renewal Founding Member Social Enterprise Council of Canada President of 2 social enterprises: The Musketeers Journal & CANAFRIC Theater Acting Coordinator International Network for Promotion Of Social Solidarity Economy
  2. 2. It takes a Web of supports to start & grow a Social enterprise : : : Social Enterprise World Forum : : : Melbourne 6-8 October 2009 Co-hosted by SVA and Social Traders
  3. 3. More than an international event on social enterprise ... An emerging movement!
  4. 4. <ul><li>2 nd Social Enterprise World Forum </li></ul><ul><li>Dragon’s Den - Lion’s Den (Australia) & Social Enterprise Angels (Canada) </li></ul><ul><li>Some workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Study Tour </li></ul><ul><li>Social Enterprise Movement in Canada and around the world </li></ul>
  5. 5. 2 nd Social Enterprise World Forum <ul><li>Co-hosted by Social Ventures Australia and Social Traders; </li></ul><ul><li>Aimed to support the emerging Australian social enterprise movement and showcased successful enterprises which are achieving social justice outcomes through innovative ideas and strategies – both locally and from around the world. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Attendance <ul><li>Some of the worlds leading social entrepreneurs and practitioners from Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the UK, US, Africa, Europe and Canada ; </li></ul><ul><li>Sold out Event ! </li></ul><ul><li>It was a global gathering of practitioners, enablers, investors and policy makers. </li></ul>
  7. 7. More than a Forum <ul><li>The Forum was one strategy amongst a range of other social enterprise support initiatives being developed in Australia , including : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a networked model of support , </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>portals for trading with and between social enterprises, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>social return on investment and impact measurement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>& researches . </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Australia <ul><li>Australia has a long history of a strong cooperative movement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A number of excellent examples which are still in existence in various communities and sectors. Social enterprise has previously been relatively disparate and localized, within Victoria particularly, and there is no national alliance, network or coalition nor an agreed model for same at present. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Australia has seen a recent growth in the number of social enterprises being established, primarily to address job creation and social exclusion. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A number of development programs led by ‘enablers’ such as SVA, the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Social Firms and now Social Traders has accelerated the idea of investing in social enterprise along with new funding from both private and public sources. As part of the government’s recent stimulus package in response to the GFC, 62 new social enterprises were funded across the country. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>The social enterprise conversation has also remerged in Indigenous Australia with a focus on economic development and the recent establishment of the first Indigenous Minority Supplier Council and a small number of Indigenous Chambers of Commerce. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>The co-hosts hoped that the SEWF will accelerate the movement’s growth in Australia – new partnerships took place between investors, governments, non profit key leaders organizations and much more </li></ul>
  9. 9. Dragon Den – CBC TV show <ul><li>Lion’s Den: Australia </li></ul><ul><li>2 events during the conference </li></ul><ul><li>A live pitching experience & feedback on social enterprise ideas from potential investors </li></ul><ul><li>3 brave social entrepreneurs pitch their enterprises to a high powered panel of business people for funding & live feedback </li></ul><ul><li>At the end of each session, the winning social entreprise will be announced </li></ul><ul><li>Social Enterprise Angels: Canada </li></ul><ul><li>An event </li></ul><ul><li>SECC with Social Venture </li></ul><ul><li>Request of letter of interest </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-selection </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation of 13 business plans </li></ul><ul><li>November 19th, a live pitching experience by 3 social entreprises, feedback from investors & practitioners </li></ul><ul><li>At the end of the evening, the winning social enterprise will be announced </li></ul><ul><li>Up to 50,000 $ will be invested from different investors & funders </li></ul>
  10. 10. My workshop : How to match complex need target groups with the right business type and create social enterprises for specific labour markets.
  11. 11. What is Groupe CONVEX? <ul><li>A not-for-profit organization; </li></ul><ul><li>Progressive incubation of social businesses; </li></ul><ul><li>A network of 10 different social entreprises in Prescott Russell - Ontario; </li></ul><ul><li>A management system based on technical expertise; </li></ul><ul><li>Average of 162 employees annually; </li></ul><ul><li>Access to diversified funding sources; </li></ul><ul><li>Selling goods to the market. </li></ul><ul><li>More than a job… </li></ul>
  12. 14. Purpose <ul><li>Improve the capacity of highly disadvantaged people to transition to and participate in the open labour market; </li></ul><ul><li>(homeless, mental health, very long term unemployed, offenders, refugees, aborigines, disengaged young people) </li></ul><ul><li>Run a sustainable commercial enterprise; </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a quality, competitive, cost effective construction and landscaping service; </li></ul>
  13. 15. All purchasing decisions are choices… they directly influence and shape economic opportunities, employment and social networks on a local, regional and global basis. Workshop delivered by David LePage Enterprising Non-Profits – enp Vancouver, BC, Canada October 8, 2009 Melbourne Australia Pathways to Success: Forms of Social Procurement
  14. 16. Every business, non-profit and level of government purchase goods and services every day , including cleaning, catering, couriers, office supplies, IT, coffee, printing, maintenance and repairs, furniture, fuel, landscaping…
  15. 17. <ul><li>VANOC: 2010 Winter Olympics </li></ul><ul><li>Additional of social components to bids for certain services & goods – attempt to include social enterprises in the delivery services. </li></ul><ul><li>Credit to contract bidders that work with social enterprises: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Flowers for the medal winners </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Internal process to identify social enterprise opportunities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lost and Found and property disposal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sponsorship partnerships on products </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rona Lumber and Tradeworks Training Society for construction of podiums </li></ul></ul>CANADA - Scotland SHARE – LEARN – BUILD Inspired by Vancouver CEIS ’s ability to leverage the learnings of Vanoc 2010 social enterprise engagement models into much greater implementation models for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glascow
  16. 18. Government Examples Province of Ontario Poverty Reduction Plan includes purchasing from social enterprises; City of Vancouver contracts with Starworks for sign assembly and other projects, Starworks employs persons with disabilities; Province of Manitoba has a community economic lens on purchasing, which includes social enterprise by nature of their business model.
  17. 19. Institutions and NGO’s University Models of Sustainable Purchasing: Simon Fraser, University of Victoria, University of British Columbia, University of Toronto Group Purchasing by Non-Profits: United Community Services Co-op and the Purposeful Purchasing Initiative Social Purchasing and Sustainability Not a constraint, an Opportunity
  18. 20. Study Tour
  19. 21. World Cafe – Speed dating <ul><li>3 times at lunch time </li></ul><ul><li>meet 8 to 10 people interested to know about you </li></ul><ul><li>present your organization, network or social enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>In our case: introducing a global network RIPESS : Intercontinental Network for Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy mobilizing national, international & continental networks (social enterprises, practitioners, researchers, investors, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  20. 22. Toronto 2004, 350 participants Vancouver 2007, 500 participants Toronto 2009, 400 participants
  21. 23. Social Enterprise Movement globally <ul><li>Social enterprises have been around for centuries with the first co-operatives were in 1600s. The movement has been re-invigorated since the 1960s with the development of social co-operatives in Italy. </li></ul><ul><li>Social enterprises have been recognised around the world as innovative and sustainable models for achieving long-lasting social impact . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is estimated that there are over 8000 employment-focused social enterprises in Europe creating jobs for about 80,000 people , 30,000 of which are people with disabilities or mental illness. Fundamental to achieving this impact has been the investment and support provided by government, the private and community sectors. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In Quebec, close to 7,000 social enterprise creating jobs for 120,000 people. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In Canada, many thousands! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New hybrid approaches encompassing the best of investment, philanthropy and government funding have been and continue to be developed around the world: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>procurement strategies, tax incentives, patient capital, loan fund, grant for technical assistance, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  22. 24. Thank you! [email_address] & <ul><li>SOCIAL ENTERPRISE </li></ul>