The Social Economy Centre (SEC) of the University of Toronto promotes and disseminates multidisciplinary research and policy analysis on issues affecting the social economy.

  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/sec/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 906.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/sec/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 607.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home/sec/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 607.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_style_default::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/sec/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_style_default.inc on line 24.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/sec/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 134.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/sec/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 134.

What will it take for social entrepreneurship to succeed in Canada?

Date: 
Wed, 2013-01-16 12:00 - 13:30


Date: Wednesday, Jan 16th, 2013
Time: Noon to 1:30pm
Location: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 252 Bloor St. West, (St. George Subway Station) Room 3-104

*Free- no registration required

Webcast: This event will be webcast live. View the webcast here. To be sure you can view the webcast, please review these instructions for preparing your browser

Webinar on Performance Management for Nonprofits/Social Enterprises

Date: 
Wed, 2012-11-28 12:00 - 14:00

Performance Management for Nonprofits/Social Enterprises - November 28th noon -2pm EST.
Effective performance management is the key to helping employees make the
linkage between their behaviours and performance results. The workshop will
provide an overview of performance management and important competencies
that will foster performance partnership

(To RSVP for this event please click here),

Participants will learn:

•       What is Performance management
•       The strategic importance of performance management
•       The factors that impact performance management
•       Basic steps in performance appraisal
•       The core issues performance appraisal
•       How to ensure continuous performance management and provide feedback to employees

About the instructor:

Webcast: This event will be webcast live. View the webcast here. To be sure you can view the webcast, please review these instructions for preparing your browser

Community Bonds - What you need to know

Date: 
Wed, 2012-10-24 12:00 - 13:30

Two years ago, folks at the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) had the outlandish idea that they could raise $2 Million toward the purchase and renovation of a 36,000 square foot building, jam pack that space with world-changing people and projects, all while providing our investors with a triple bottom line return – in the span of a whirlwind 8 months. Well, we did it! And now we want to help others do the same.

Join Grace Yogaretnam, of the Centre for Social Innovation, for this informative presentation of what they did, how they did it, and how you can do it too. Gain insight into your organization’s financing challenges, determine whether community bonds are the right fit for your organization, learn how to launch your own community bond offering, and, of course, how to turn your supporters into investors.

Webcast: This event will be webcast live. View the webcast here. To be sure you can view the webcast, please review these instructions for preparing your browser

Q&A with Community Partner: Groupe Convex

Interview with Groupe Convex Executive Director Caroline Arcand and OISE/UT PhD Candidate Ushnish Sengupta on the Groupe Convex case study

1. Please provide us with a brief description of Groupe Convex.

Groupe Convex (GC) is a nonprofit organization under which there is a group of diversified social purpose enterprises, employing people with various abilities, including people who are at great risk of unemployment, among whom the majority faces an intellectual disability. The social enterprises also employ Joe Average and Above Average, from the rural community of Prescott-Russell, in Eastern Ontario. The term ‘convex’ was chosen to highlight the fact that when someone looks into a convex mirror, his or her image is magnified. Therefore, the organization aims to increase its employees’ self-esteem by allowing them to assume a valued role. A valued role, in our northern American society, is one of the workers! Being at work is one of the most ''valorizing'' roles for any Canadian citizen.

Q&A with CURA Community Partner: TorontotheBetter

Interview with TorntotheBetter Secretary-Treasurer Tim Burns on the TorontotheBetter case study

1. Please provide us with a brief description of TorontotheBetter.

TorontotheBetter is an initiative that was created to facilitate participation in Toronto's social economy by enterprises and the general public.

2. What motivated you to become involved with this project?

We created TorontotheBetter primarily for two reasons: 1) to make it easier for buyers to locate and use social enterprises in Toronto; 2) to raise awareness about the possibility and actuality of economic activities that are motivated by ends other than financial gain.

3. How do you see TorontotheBetter benefiting from the research?

TorontotheBetter is benefiting by gaining greater awareness and understanding of Toronto's social economy.

4. How do you see the larger social economy benefiting from the research?

The benefits will be in 1) recognition by enterprises of their participation in an economic sector that is greater than their micro-enterprise, thus encouraging greater ambition, and 2) awareness of the concrete social effects and benefits of their work, thus increasing commitment and belief.

Syndicate content