Welcome to Vancouver's alternative business school for social entrepreneurs.
Whether you're looking for a new path, playing with an idea or have a small social business you want to take to the next level, our self-employment and social entrepreneurship programs meet you where you're at and give you the confidence, skills, and resources you need to create something new.
We take an unconventional approach to building businesses. We focus on you as much as we focus on your idea, and we believe your values should be the backbone of your business. That's how we're creating sustainable communities and vibrant local economies.
We are a non-profit in the heart of Vancouver supporting the creation of fulfilling employment and social businesses, non-profits and cooperatives by providing space for young ideas and ventures to grow, connect and flourish.
“Now I’m excited about getting up in the morning. I want to affect change and I feel that my actions are creating something better. It’s been cool to be part of other Groundswell projects that are younger than us, and to actually be able to help them out. Taking part in building that supportive community feels really good.”
- Chris Nichols, Groundswell alumni and Wood Shop Co-op owner-worker.
Wood Shop is a worker's cooperative that designs and manufactures custom wood furnitures and interiors out of reclaimed materials. It's a small but influential cog in an engine for social change, battling environmental degradation, growing economic inequality and social dislocation.
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