re:Vision 2010

 At this moment in time, I am buried under piles of… receipts (tax season is upon us); random writing implements; prints of wedding photos; notebooks full of scribbles, to-do lists and incredibly important life-changing ideas; and, file folders reflecting the various projects I have on the go. But before I become overwhelmed by the little … Continue reading

Sprout Redux

  Last June 2009, I participated in the Sprout e-course – a project of Taking IT Global – as an e-mentor. This is a great course for emerging social entrepreneurs who want to test the waters in a structured environment with the support of a team of course leaders, facilitators, mentors and peers. This is the … Continue reading

Working at a Nonprofit Does Not Equal Social Change

In an attempt to plug myself into some thought provoking dialogue, I went back to an old stand-by – the Stanford Social Innovation Review Opinion Blog. I read this post by Rosetta Thurman and I must say, “Hallelujah!” Thank goodness somebody else gets it (I was beginning to feel alone…) I am sharing Ms. Thurman’s poignant discussion … Continue reading

Kiva = unity

I love the impact of micro loans. An amount like $100 can go a long way to support an entrepreneur in say Cambodia for example and once re-paid, that same $100 can be moved around to an entrepreneur in Mali. But each time the loan money circulates (even within the context of the entrepreneur’s local economy) … Continue reading

The Power of Unreasonable People

iNSPiRED PRACTiCE has long been a proponent of bending traditional definitions of non-profit and for-profit work. We have also been labeled “unreasonable”. This is a supreme compliment. According to George Bernard Shaw, “the reasonable man adapts himself to the world, the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends … Continue reading

We resolve to…

The New Year often brings with it a huge list of resolutions. Starting again with a clean slate can be very empowering. But it is made better if reflection precedes it. iNSPiRED PRACTiCE  has come up with a few New Year’s resolutions we’d like to share. We resolve…  To place a greater emphasis on purchasing … Continue reading

Are you wondering?

What have we been up to? (I get this question a lot.) Absolutely everything under the sun! So here it is nearly 4 months in review. JANUARY…was jam-packed with new energy and new ideas. We participated in the coordination of Leadership Winnipeg’s Community Forum – Dreaming a Dream of Winnipeg. For more details on the outcomes … Continue reading

The Prairie Hub

iNSPiRED PRACTiCE is supporting a new initiative to build community in Winnipeg. We are moving fast and furious to gather young and established social innovators to share and shape the future of the Prairie Hub. Take a look at our blog – The Hub Winnipeg – which contains our raison d’etre, values, and other information to … Continue reading

i-genius r u?

i-genius is an online global community of social entrepreneurs. It seeks to offer resources and serendipitous interaction to a new generation of social innovators, social business and social enterprise. If nothing else, it will provide you with insights into the exceptional work being done all over the globe. In 2008, i-genius will host its first … Continue reading

Welcome to the Fourth Sector.

Yes we know about the public sector (government), the private sector (businesses) and the social sector (non-profit/non-governmental organizations). And now a fourth sector is emerging from the space in between – the for-benefit sector. So what is it? “Like non-profits, For-Benefits can organize in pursuit of a wide range of social missions. Like for-profits, For-Benefits … Continue reading