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

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Rise Asset Development: Investing in people with mental health and addiction challenges

When: Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012, Noon-1:30pm

***Free - No Registration Required 

Rise Asset development is a Rotman/CAMH financial initiative providing microfinancing and mentorship to entrepreneurs who have/had a mental health and/or addiction challenge. The Rotman School and CAMH participate in advisory functions, volunteering their respective expertise in business mentoring and mental health supports and services to the benefit of Rise clients. Rise works to improve the health of individuals, while recognizing the interdependency of financial well-being to one’s overall quality of life. 

Presenters:  Narinder Dhami, Executive Director, Rise Asset Development; Trent Copp, Occupational Therapist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; and Rise Entrepreneur

Where: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 252 Bloor St. West, (St. George Subway Station) Room 3-104

This event will be webcast live. View the webcast here.





* Free- No registration required

When: Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012, Noon - 1:30pm


Zahra Parvinian, Director of Social Enterprise Programs, with
Alvin Rebick, Senior Manager of Kitchen and Focus on Food, and
Meredith Hayes, Senior Manager of School Programs
will introduce FoodShare Toronto’s social enterprise programs and discuss:

INSPIRATIONS STUDIO: An art-based micro business incubator for low-income women

Inspirations was established in 1994, as a woman's craft/artisan collective by providing under-housed/homeless women an opportunity to participate in meaningful economic activity, by providing direct access to the market place for women working with handmade crafts.  Since 2001, Inspirations Studio has been a program of Sistering, a women's agency serving homeless, marginalized and low-income women in Toronto.


Theresa Morin, Program Coordinator,will provide an overview of Inspirations Studio's social enterprise model. 


Victoria Gudgeon, Studio Facilitator,will discuss the day-to-day operations of the studio

ClearlySo - Potential UK partner for social business and enterprise

WHAT DO THEY DO? ClearlySo is an agency that connects social enterprises with investors and the corporate world. ClearlySo connects social business, enterprise, commerce and investment. Their goal is to grow the social economy. They help social entrepreneurs raise capital and improve their core business skills. They help investors find exciting opportunities and introduce corporations to the social sector. HOW ARE THEY SOCIAL? They value doing good and doing well. 



Register for Tools for Change’s workshops at

Sat. Nov. 5, 1pm-4pm 

A major part of movement building is lots of meetings. Meetings can be inspiring, hellish, or somewhere in between. The quality of a meeting depends a lot on good facilitation. Facilitators aren’t supposed to run the show, and they do more than keep track of who wants to speak. Come learn and share strategies for fostering good communication, equity, active listening and effective decision making for meetings of all shapes and sizes.

Location: University of Toronto St George Campus (Room location is given upon registration.)


Leah Henderson is a long-time Toronto organizer.
Jessica Bell is a lecturer at Ryerson University and a trainer with the Ruckus Society.

Suggested donation: organizations and wage-earners, $20; unwaged, $10. No one turned away for lack of funds.

FACILITATION WORKSHOP 201 [click on blog title for more]

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