Missed the Social Enterprise World Forum? Here are five key insights

From closing gaps in access to social finance to prioritizing inclusive hiring practices, speakers at this year’s forum had a lot to discuss

Why It Matters

Social entrepreneurship is vital to creating a sustainable social impact, and to economic growth and inclusion. The rapidly growing industry, which merges mission-focused work with entrepreneurship has much to teach the philanthropic sector.

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“For some people, it may be a turn of words to put together ‘social’ and ‘enterprise’ in the same phrase — blending social values into the design, delivery, and outcomes of the business, but that’s our purpose,” said David LePage, board member of the Social Enterprise World Forum at the forum’s opening ceremony. 

“We use a business model that’s not about economic transactions, but about business as a tool for community transformation,” he said, ushering in two days of panels and workshops for organizations to connect around the topic of using business for social good. 

Canada hosted this year’s Social Enterprise World Forum, with Common Good Solutions broadcasting the forum from Nova Scotia in late September, shining a light on social enterprise in Atlantic Canada. 

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