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Profiles

Source My Garment: Sustainable Garment Manufacturing Meets Technology

When you put on a piece of clothing, do you ever stop to consider who it was made by?

This is the question Adila (Dee) Cokar found herself asking more and more, and it eventually brought her to this place – the founding of Source My Garment, a company that sources sustainable garment manufacturers in Asia and connects them to designers and labels throughout North America. Dee’s business is mission driven: to improve the working conditions of garment workers while creating opportunities for North American labels to access ethical, cost effective manufacturing solutions.

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Business

Looking Back at 2015: Trends in Social Enterprise

As we head into the end of the year, many entrepreneurs will take this as a time for reflecting on both business successes, as well as reflecting on new opportunities to engage with in the new year.  We want to take this time to summarize some of the top trends that we have seen in social enterprise over the last year, and provide insight on which we consider to be the most successful.

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Letter from the Editor

From the Editor’s Desk: Entrepreneurship as Personal Growth

In this month’s issue, one of the overriding themes, is the idea of entrepreneurship as personal growth. To me entrepreneurship, and in particular social entrepreneurship is really about growing, growing what you do and how you do it to become better today than we were yesterday. It is about creating new ways of doing, and challenging accepted practices.

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Legal

Charity as a Vehicle for Social Enterprise

By: Kate Lazier and Natasha Smith

In our previous article we provided an overview of the various legal structures in which to carry on a social enterprise.   This article considers more fully how a charity can engage in social enterprise within the charity itself.

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Business

Top 5 Recommended Reads For Social Enterprise

As we take some time during the upcoming holiday season to slow down and enjoy our family and friends, undoubtedly we will begin to reflect on how we can develop our best selves, both professionally and personally. We wanted to take a moment to provide you with our list of Top 5 Recommended Reads for Social Enterprise.

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News Profiles

Sort Africa

As an African living in the UK who works in the commerce industry, Thabo Tembo was acutely aware of the advantages that other regions of the world had over Africa when it came to sourcing business opportunities. For this reason, in June of 2015 he launched Sort Africa, a pan African business directory and online marketplace that is a one stop shop for those seeking to do business with Africa.

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News Profiles

Capoeira For All

Learning Capoeira is in itself a transformative experience; teaching it in a social enterprise, a whole different ball game. This is the initiative that Capoeira For All has taken—the desire to bring Capoeira to a main stream audience, but also to give others access to this culturally rich sport.  Founded in 2014, Capoeira For All CiC, a non profit and social enterprise, has been running a variety of programs in the UK, particularly in the Northwest region of the country. They participate in and host community events and collaborate with other non profits to make Capoeira accessible to all in their community.

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Our Stories

ATN: Our Journey of Social Enterprise

The Journey of Social Enterprise

Making a social enterprise happen is more than having guts. In social enterprise, you dare to think beyond what your eyes can see, to the point where no one really understands what the hell you are doing. At least that is how we felt when we started.

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Board of Directors Our Stories

Social Enterprise and the Role of the Board of Directors

Social Enterprise and the role of the Board of Directors

While there is much written about social enterprise and the role of Management teams, there is little written about the role of the Boards of Directors. As a board member, one’s role is to direct and protect the organization. While there are different types of boards, the role of a board member is to govern and to manage the risk level of the organization while ensuring its ongoing operation.

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Inner Balance Our Stories

Fostering a Culture of Innovation

Fostering a Culture of Innovation

“We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.” ~ Paulo Coelho

Innovation often seems to be the buzzword of the day. Used by the government and private sector alike, innovation is a catch all term used to identify both the act or process of creation, as well as the outcome of the process. Innovation has become one of the most overused  business terms of the last decade, and its permeance is not just limited to the world of commerce but extends through many aspects of technology and culture as well.