Q&A with Winners of 2015 CATALYST Case Challenge

From left to right: Jacqueline Norris, Spencer Westlake and Rylan Dobson One year later, we had the pleasure of catching up with the winning team from last year’s CATALYST Case Challenge: Jacqueline, Spencer and Rylan. Here is what they have to say about their experience with the CATALYST Case Challenge and their involvement in the […]

A scalable growth strategy for a Kenyan Social Enterprise

The following article was published by Rylan Dobson, a member of the winning team from the 2015 Vancouver+Acumen CATALYST Case Challenge. It’s early on a Saturday morning when I meet up with fellow Simon Fraser University MBA Candidates, Jacqueline Norris and Spencer Westlake to compete in the 6th annual CATALYST Case Competition run by Vancouver+Acumen […]

Why Social Entrepreneurs in Vancouver Should Volunteer at Vancouver+Acumen

Acumen is a non-profit organization that has chapters all over the world devoted to creating social change by tackling poverty with a social enterprise model. By investing in patient capital, Acumen not only fosters an environment that is dedicated to making a social impact, it also gives businesses incentives to focus on benefitting society and […]

4 Benefits of Volunteering at Vancouver+Acumen

Short term projects that barely make a dent, and the norm are out as Vancouver+Acumen looks to tackle poverty through social entrepreneurship. The Vancouver chapter welcomes dreamers and pragmatists alike to contribute to the greater cause. Here are 4 major benefits of volunteer at Vancouver+Acumen: 1) Join a growing organization +Vancouver is not the short term […]

Ah-Ha Moment: Greatness

“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” ― William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night Google defines greatness as the quality of being great, distinguished, or eminent. This is the broad topic that we tackled last Tuesday at the last salon for 2015. From everyday greatness like a grandmother […]

Salon Series: September 2015

This month’s theme was on Acumen’s 6th lesson on tackling poverty: Technology. Great technology alone is not the answer, as innovations in delivery are often more important than elegant designs. What are some of the major hurdles of bringing technology to the developing world? What technology “hubs” can we create to truly connect technology and users […]

Spotlight Series – Andrew Hall, Meal Share

Andrew Hall left his steady corporate job and the promise of a weekly paycheck to work for a higher cause: hunger. When asked why he pursued social entrepreneurship, Andrew credits the decision to a combination of things. 1. Lack of inspiration at his job. 2. His holistic business education from the University of Victoria, which […]

On Local Leadership | Ah-ha’s

“WE WON’T SUCCEED IN THE LONG TERM WITHOUT CULTIVATING LOCAL LEADERS, LOCAL MONEY, AND STRONG LOCAL COMMUNITIES” Institutions and leadership will always outlast the money spent on any particular program. Yet all too often, poverty alleviation programs are designed in conference rooms half a world away, with local buy-in bolted on all too late in […]

On Generosity | Ah-ha’s

Some very interesting discussions took place last Tuesday. Many defined generosity as giving without expecting anything in return. In fact, participants suggested that being generous does not require a significant amount of time or even resources. It is as simple as being thoughtful and showing those around you that you care. Our group talked about […]

On Failure | Ah-ha’s

If failing is not an option, you’ve ruled out success as well. What is important is learning from these failures. We won’t pull tens of millions of people out of poverty with a comprehensive ten-point plan. Plans written by experts can crash and burn when faces with the shifting realities of the marketplace, and even […]

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