ABERA ON “WHAT IS A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE?!”
A little background about myself before I begin. I actually come from a science background, I got a degree in Bachelor of Sciences with a major in Biology. However, from age 15 up to now I have always volunteered. I've had the opportunity to volunteer at schools, teaching topics on sciences, peaceful conflict resolutions and community building. I've also volunteered at the hospital and at an after-school program that I attended myself when I was younger. Many of the organizations I have volunteered for were non-profits. Now that I have graduated, I was lucky enough to get employed at CatalystsX, a non-profit organization involved in the social enterprise sector that connects change makers with resources, people and opportunities to allow them to thrive.
This has opened me up to a whole new community that I did not even know existed! Social enterprise--> Solving social problems in order to make a positive difference in communities using business tools such as selling products or services. This was when I discovered Centre For Social Innovation right in the core of downtown Toronto, Spadina, where our main office Is located.
So what have I been doing so far? Summer has ended:(. But it has been an amazing couple of months to really work and collaborate. Being able to do meetings in nice hot weather has definitely been a major plus. On a more serious note… My first project was a great way to start in the social enterprise sector. It was actually a collaboration between social enterprises in Ontario. My task was to find global and national organizations that social enterprises within Ontario can potentially collaborate with. Doing this revealed to me how many organizations there were that do good for the world!