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Local Investing: mutual benefit over mutual funds

Local investing is the magic of people investing in people -- their neighbours and local businesses, and it’s making a sizeable impact across Alberta, keeping more money in the local economy and creating local jobs. Thrive is looking to raise [...]

Who’s who in Thrive Accelerator: Spring 2018 cohort

The twice-yearly Thrive Accelerator is designed for existing businesses to scale their social impact while strengthening their financial sustainability. In six months participants gain new skills to up their business aptitude while growing their [...]

Thrive Incubator launches this spring

How to make a difference and make a living Cross-posted from NewScoop YYC with our sincere thanks to Jacqueline Louie. If you’re a Calgarian wanting to make meaningful change in your community by starting or building a business, Thrive is here [...]

Thrive program accelerates growing businesses

Creating a community of social entrepreneurs in Calgary Cross-posted from REAP Calgary with our sincere thanks to Centaine Tyler For the third year in a row, Thrive’s Accelerator program is poised to help early-stage entrepreneurs [...]

Building Capacity with Toy Lending in Sunalta

Most people are familiar with the concept of libraries, but it may surprise some to learn the lending approach can be applied to more than just books! Using a little bit of creativity and a lot of volunteer energy, Calgary now has its very own [...]

Growing Thrive’s Impact: reflections from 2017

As we turn the page on 2017, Thrive reflects on relationships that were fostered, projects that were advanced and new seeds that were nurtured over the past year. When asked what our team members were most proud of in 2017, the response was [...]

Community Hubs with Staying Power

Community hubs have been springing up all over Calgary, thanks to a partnership among The City of Calgary, Rotary, and the United Way. Now there is an on-line tool kit to help anyone in any neighbourhood build their own community hub. The document [...]

Congratulations Universal Access – #inclusive

REAP’s Be Local Awards have wrapped up for 2017, with Calgarian’s voting for their favourite REAP businesses from August until the end of October. On November 22, changemakers gathered at River Café to honour local businesses and nonprofits [...]

Conference ‘success’ was place-based

It’s a wrap! After more than 12 months in the making we are thrilled to say EconoUs2017, the 8th annual community economic development conference, and our first-go at co-organizing an event of this scale was a success. Quantifying ‘success’ [...]

Northern Hills Connect #socents in the making

In partnership with the Northern Hills Community Association and Vivo we’ve had the opportunity to introduce the communities of Northern Hills, Country Hills, Country Hills Village, Coventry Hills, Harvest Hills and Panorama Hills to social [...]

CED as verb, not verbiage

It was a national gathering, a meeting of minds (and eating of very large chocolate chip cookies) to discuss building support among funders, policymakers and leading practitioners, and explore opportunities for shared and sustainable [...]

BluPlanet Recycling

If you are a resident in Calgary, you’ve likely heard about the fairly comprehensive overhaul that the City of Calgary has been doing with Waste and Recycling management. Since February 2016, multi-family buildings are required to provide [...]