Social Enterprise for Sustainable Communities: Ontario, Canada
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In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, the not-for-profit sector in Ontario was forced to shift from a provider of social needs to a creator of social opportunities for communities doubly hit by rising unemployment and falling social supports. The Ontario Trillium Foundation moved to fund innovative, collaborative programs involving not-for-profit organizations, businesses and governments in creating viable social enterprises. Ottawa, London and Sarnia were three communities faced with different, but still difficult economic times, and each had responded to the crisis by proposing alternative models of social transition. In 2013, representatives from the not-for-profit sector in these cities joined with the Richard Ivey School of Business to present a proposal that promised they would work collaboratively, learn from each other, document the entire process and develop tools to prepare and guide many others. Would the Trillium Foundation support such a creative and ambitious project? See supplemental cases 9B14M046B
- To explore the aftermath of the financial crisis in Canada, especially Ontario, and to discuss the importance of the not-for-profit sector in mitigating the adverse impact of the crisis on Ontario communities.
- To understand the dynamics of social constraint and social opportunity.
- To describe the role and relevance of social transitions and the role not-for-profit organizations can play in accelerating radical social transformation.
- To appreciate the influence of the not-for-profit sector on economic recovery and sustainable growth.
- To introduce, define and think about collaboration and co-creation in the not-for-profit sector.
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