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Shifters Spotlight: Stonehearth Bakery

Stonehearth Bakery is an award-winning social enterprise located in Halifax, Nova Scotia and is part of Metro Works employment services, who purchased the bakery out of bankruptcy in 1982. Since then, Stonehearth has provided supportive work experience to enable people with mental health issues overcome persistent barriers excluding them from entering employment. Employees are instructed for 10 months in a specific skillset for baking, but ultimately gain something even more valuable, experience and general employability skills.

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Shifters Spotlight: Switchback Cyclery

Switchback Cyclery is a retail and service-focused bicycle shop in Toronto’s east end in Riverside which functions as non-profit employment social enterprise. Switchback operates with a social mission of propelling community and seeks to encourage people to shop local and buy social. The business has its roots in Sanctuary Toronto, a charitable Christian organization who create healthy and inclusive communities for the most vulnerable in society.

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SOCIAL BUSINESS MODEL CANVAS

Social enterprises take a business approach to achieving their mission and making a difference. To ensure lasting impact, they require a viable business model. By ‘business model’ we mean a design for the successful operation of a business. It describes how you will reach customers, give them something they value, and make enough money from doing so to achieve your

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SOCIAL IMPACT CANVAS

Every purpose-led business and non-profit exists to achieve social impact. This is central to their mission, to the value they create, and to changes they bring about for society. Social impact is expressed through outcomes; changes that occur in the lives of people, families, communities or the environment. A Social Impact Canvas provides a powerful tool that organizations can use

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Shifters Spotlight: Olasimbo Sojinrin

Olasimbo Sojinrin is the Nigeria Country Manager of Solar Sister, a social enterprise that recruits, trains, supports new women entrepreneurs around Nigeria and supplies them with durable, affordable solar-powered products and clean services. The entrepreneurs sell these products directly to people without power, bringing clean energy to off-grid communities across Africa. As the Nigeria Country Manager, what’s your typical day

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WHY THE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE?

It’s not easy to live in both worlds – that is maximizing business success while achieving first and foremost the social impact desired. The goal at SEI is to relieve that pain point. SEI takes the hassle out of learning new skills and delivers seamless, on-demand eLearning produced by industry professionals. We subscribe to the idea that if an organization has the will to start social enterprise, SEI will always be in a position to deliver the way. Any business, or any size, on any system.

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SOCIAL ENTERPRISE MUST-READ LIST

Although incredibly diverse, all successful social enterprises owe their success to a driven and informed social entrepreneur. Thankfully, some of those individuals have written incredibly informative books on their social enterprising experiences. If you’re considering social enterprise, these 6 books are all must-reads.

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WHAT MAKES YOUR SOCIAL ENTERPRISE VALUABLE?

If you think about it, social enterprises are all about delivering value to a wide range of stakeholders and to society. To be successful, a social enterprise must be clear on the value they bring to others. In other words, our ‘value proposition’. Think of it as coming up with the DNA or unique recipe that makes your organization distinctive, successful and uniquely valuable to others.

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10 STEPS TO BETTER SOCIAL IMPACT MEASUREMENT

I like to call it ‘impact practice’ rather than social impact measurement. By impact practice I mean all of the things that your organization can do to plan, measure, communicate and grow their social impact. If we break this down, there are 10 basic building blocks to better impact practice.

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SOCIAL SHIFTER INTERVIEW: NNAEMEKA IKEGWUONO

Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu is the CEO of ColdHubs, an award-winning social enterprise that produces “plug and play” modular, solar-powered walk-in cold rooms to reduce food waste in off-grid communities. ‘ColdHubs’ are installed in markets around Nigeria so farmers can store their produce using a flexible pay-as-you-go model. ColdHubs is reducing post-harvest loss by up to 80% for farmers and increasing their income by up to 25%.

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