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CSED Unleashed 2018

The 3rd annual CSED Unleashed conference took place this past week in Ottawa, and despite the more succinct day (1/2 day rather than full) and the focused agenda (no breakout sessions and only one topic – social procurement), it was a fantastic event – and the CSED team should be proud of yet another excellent conference. The Crosslinx Social Procurement Experience The day started with Patience Adamu from Crosslinx Transit Solutions, …Read More

Calling All Social Impact Leaders! Toronto+Acumen is Accepting Applicants for their 2018 Impact Circle

Toronto+Acumen is all about supporting the social innovation leaders of tomorrow. Embracing both the risk implicit in venture philanthropy and the growth necessary to be successful in social entrepreneurship, Toronto+ Acumen is getting ready to launch its 2019 Impact Circle. The Impact Circle will recruit 20+ social impact leaders to cultivate their interest in venture philanthropy and social entrepreneurship and empower them to be a success. Their goal is to …Read More

ONN Releases Report on Non-Profit Ownership

The Ontario Non-Profit Network (ONN) recently released a report, “Not for Sale: The Case for Non-Profit Ownership” on November 7th, 2018.  The report highlights the difficulties non-profit and charitable organizations in Canada face when trying to own and maintain capital infrastructure, or assets, and the importance of community ownership of these assets. The report makes a strong case against the private ownership of community assets such as hospitals, nursing homes, …Read More

This Holiday Season Get to Know: Feed the Need Durham

The holidays are right around the corner, but what do you get the person who has everything? Why not gift them with the gift of, well… giving. Feed the Need Durham is the regional food distribution warehouse serving Durham Region. They provide the food necessary to keep emergency food providers such as food banks, soup kitchens, community service centres, shelters, drop-in centres and breakfast feeding programs going. This holiday season …Read More

Review and Highlights: Government of Canada’s 2018 Fall Economic Statement

Just in case you missed the Federal Government’s 2018 Fall Economic Statement, which included an announcement of $805 million for social innovation, we wanted to share a few key highlights. There were a couple key announcements included in the 2018 Fall Economic Statement that will impact the work we do here at Eco-Ethonomics as well as that of our clients: The Government of Canada announced in August 2018 that it …Read More

Eco-Ethonomics to Present “Food and Medicine, Farm as Therapy” at the NRC Fall Forum 2018

Working on the Toronto Rehab Urban Farm Project as a Senior Fellow of OpenLab, it has been especially rewarding to see my passion currently being considered by the University Health Network (UHN). In the summer of 2018, together with the team at UHN, OpenLab finalized the business plan for a social enterprise that aims to improve patient’s transition from the hospital to their homes and community care. We use food …Read More

Traditional vs. Agile: Which Project Management Style Suits the Non-Profit Sector Better?

Traditional (waterfall) project management has been around for decades and applies to many industries, it is what most of us working in the non-profit and social enterprise sectors are familiar with.   Agile project management, specifically Scrum, however, is relatively new and is primarily used in the IT sector, specifically for software development projects. At a recent Lunch and Learn, the Eco-Ethonomics team looked more closely at the Scrum project management …Read More

Evaluating Evaluation: Ontario’s Non-Profit Network Releases “State of Evaluation”

Evaluation is necessary to maintain the integrity of the non-profit sector. If good is the new currency, those of us in this industry need new ways of measuring that “good”. No easy feat, evaluation work is often a stressful, expensive and time-consuming process at best. Although in some ways the moral backbone of our sector, evaluation is also one of the least discussed topics. How many of us engage in …Read More

Where Are All the Affordable Accommodations?: Toronto is Too Expensive For Young Travellers

We all know that housing affordability is an issue in Toronto, as well as in other cities across Canada, but how many of us have given thought to the affordability of other types of accommodations? Eco-Ethonomics is currently engaged in work supporting the expansion plans for a youth hostel in Toronto and we have been blown away by what we have found. Not surprisingly, youth travellers typically seek out budget accommodations, …Read More

Book review – Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist

In her book Doughnut Economics, Kate Raworth illustrates how today’s economic tools use a narrow and dogmatic theoretical framework, which do not reflect the multi-dimensional challenges of the 21stcentury. The teaching and development of economics has lost sight of its goal. The founders of economics, back in ancient Greece described economics as the practice of managing the resources of the home. Over time, the goal has been appropriated to concern …Read More