2018 was a big year for Social Enterprise in Southwestern Ontario. Together with our regional partners, Pillar launched Social Enterprise Southwest, a collaborative effort to raise the level of social enterprise support and inject our region with the knowledge and tools we need to excel in social entrepreneurship. We’re helping those with big ideas have big impact!
Our Pillar staff hit the road attending three provincial and national conferences in one hectic week in Toronto! At the Ontario Nonprofit Network, the Ontario Social Enterprise Roundtable and the Social Finance Forum, we shared our successes and challenges, learning from the many incredible voices in the room.
The Case Study follows the success of five consultants based out of Innovation Works who came together under the auspices of Pillar Nonprofit Network to form the Pillar Design Collective in response to an RFP by a consortium of Big Brother Big Sisters agencies in Southwestern Ontario looking to undertake a Regionalization Study.
Andre Vashist has just returned from the Social Innovation Residency with an incredible amount of hope, as a recipient of incredible gifts of wisdom. His blog is a reflection of this journey so far, and his opporutnity to share these gifts with you. Read on for some inspiration and great resources on Social Innovation and stay tuned for Pillar’s Systems Thinking Exchange and Workshop coming soon.
The Ontario Impact Measurement Task Force cultivated an Action Plan for Ontario social enterprises that recommended there needs to be a common way to measure impact in Ontario—essential for the future of social entrepreneurship.