Social Entrepreneurship? What are you waiting for?

Tomorrow I’m presenting the deck below at the 16th Annual Environmental Sciences Symposium at University of Guelph. I’m told to expect an audience of about 200 – mostly undergrads. That’s one of my favourite scenarios. Talking about any form of entrepreneurship to people about to embark on the rest of their lives is fun.

With the devastation in Haiti right now though, I thought I’d try something different.

For tweets with this link ( I’ll donate another $1 to Haiti relief efforts. For every person who starts their question to me from the audience with “Social Entrepreneurship For The Win!” I’ll donate $10. As I’ve already given, I’ll cap this at $100, but of course, every dollar counts.

My main message: Get involved. Get going. Don’t wait, just do it.

Let me know what you think… and make me give while you’re at it!

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Sparkin’ up our future leaders.

I was invited by Maria Antonakos of Opus Philanthropy to speak to her Philanthropy class in the Commerce program at the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University in Hamilton. She asked me to talk about social finance and ‘a little bit about how you ended up doing what you do”.

I prepared the short presentation below to give the overview of social finance, social enterprise, and social innovation but somehow ended up getting into some fun rants about making choices to venture toward a just and sustainable society. I learned that they were just beginning to make their career choices and over the conversation I realized what an extraordinary privilege we have in our society to take risks and know that if we fail there is a strong support structure around us. Our main fears of failure relate to ego – not survival. Ironic really because if we don’t take risks and venture forward to create a better future we are playing with the possibility that we actually put our survival at stake. A bit drastic maybe but worth a thought. Bottom line, while some think that now’s a terrible time to start a business, if it’s a social venture I don’t think there’s ever been a better time.

Apparently my rants inspired them as I’ve now been invited to speak at their World Congress in the Student Development track. Based on the amount of fun I had – I can’t wait to do it again!

Social Stuff 101

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Full presentation available here (Keynote format)

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Entrepreneurial Approach – exploratory presentation.

I’ve done my quick first draft on exploring the entrepreneurial approach and its application. You can find it here. I wasn’t going to post it yet, but just had a great conversation with a coffee friend (here, here, and here) that was prompted by this draft. Cheers to good conversations!