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Reflections on SVI Hollyhock

The Social Venture Institute (SVI) conference series has been providing a platform of support for Canadian social entrepreneurs since 1995.   As cohosts of SVI Alberta, Thrive’s own Philip Lozano and Erin Melnychuk wanted to experience what the one that started it all, SVI Hollyhock, was like and what they could bring back from it. So, from September 11-15 they shuttled off […]

Community Huddle and Soul Forum become one

For the first time ever Thrive’s annual community gathering, the Community Huddle, will be integrated with the Soul of the Next Economy Forum. “Our huddle has always been about bringing community residents, entrepreneurs and local change makers together to talk about a thriving and inclusive Calgary economy,” says Philip Lozano, Community Economic Development Coordinator at […]

Vivo Night Market North celebrates artisans with purpose in suburban North Calgary

A celebration of placemaking and community in North Calgary, Vivo Night Market North will return for its second official year this summer.  The 2019 run, which begins on Saturday, June 29th, will put a deeper focus on local, handmade, and “original products and ideas” – especially those from businesses based in North Calgary. “We wanted to find businesses with purpose, so […]

Opening the door for social venture leaders at SVI

This blog has been reposted with permission from the Social Enterprise Fund, with our sincere thanks to Jane Bisbee. Entrepreneurs, and in particular social entrepreneurs are usually moving pretty fast. Too fast, it would seem to sit (or even stand) and reflect on what they are doing. And often, too busy to look for and find their […]

Trico Charitable Foundation leads social innovators at SVI

As the lead sponsor of Social Venture Institute Alberta, Trico Charitable Foundation is furthering its mission to form a “pipeline” for Alberta’s social innovators, says Executive Director Dan Overall.  Established in 2008 by Trico Homes founders Wayne and Eleanor Chiu, the Trico Charitable Foundation seeks to close gaps in society by provoking innovation and building capacity in social entrepreneurship. The Foundation’s focus on […]