How to Be a Social Innovator













Imagine business as benefit. Social enterprise creates many intersections of business, profit, non-profit, cooperative, and government to achieve a dynamic hybrid of new businesses and social opportunities. Survey collaborator support, financial intelligence, ecological judgment, and the range of skills that make social enterprises flourish.

Discover Calgary’s social entrepreneurs and social innovators. What do they do? How do they do it? Why are they doing it? What does it mean to be an entrepreneur now, in this decade?  Most importantly, how can we create new business models that preserve and grow social capital?

The event will feature a presentation by author Chris Turner. Chris is one of Canada’s leading writers and speakers on sustainability and the global green economy. His most recent book is How to Breathe Underwater: Field Reports from an Age of Radical Change, a collection of his award-winning essays and feature writing. He is also the author of The War on Science and The Leap, which the Globe & Mail called “one of the most arresting arguments for building a green economy yet in print”. His feature writing has earned nine National Magazine Awards.


The event will also feature a presentation on social innovation by Calgary City Councillor Druh Farrell. Druh is a born-and-raised Calgarian and a long-time resident of Ward 7. As a champion of livable neighbourhoods and sustainable, fiscally responsible development, she combines long-term vision with the tenacity to get things done. Some of her many accomplishments during her years on Council include Blue Cart curbside recycling and central roles with the Calgary Planning Commission, the Homeless Foundation, the Calgary Public Library Board, and the cutting edge infrastructure along our celebrated Bow River, including the Peace Bridge, Memorial Drive Landscape of Memory, Poppy Plaza, and RiverWalkArts. Prior to being first elected to Council in 2001, Druh was the owner and operator of a successful manufacturing and export business for 14 years and the manager of the Kensington Business Revitalization.

The event will be lead by Gerald Wheatley, a leading professional, community organizer, and internationally published writer in the field of community economic development. Gerald is a recipient of both business and community recognition for his innovative work in Calgary, including the Top 40 under 40, the Alberta Centennial Medal, and the YMCA Calgary Peacemaker Award. He currently manages the Open Streets Calgary social enterprise and Take Action Grants grassroots granting program at the Arusha Centre society.

Be part of the emerging opportunities to localize the economy, create meaningful jobs, and restore the environment. This event is a preview of the 2015 Innovations in Social Enterprise course offered by Bow Valley College.

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