[Speaker Series] Social Ventures in the Cooperative Movement
Apr
25
5:30 pm17:30

[Speaker Series] Social Ventures in the Cooperative Movement

  • Groundswell

How can the co-operative movement benefit early social ventures? Join us for a discussion with Vancity's Program Manager of Co-operative Partnerships Elvy Del Bianco on Tuesday, April 25th!  Interested in learning more about how we can all work together? Come to this event, and bring any questions you might have!

Turning Ideas into Numbers: Building Financial Projections for Social Enterprise Start-ups
Apr
18
5:00 pm17:00

Turning Ideas into Numbers: Building Financial Projections for Social Enterprise Start-ups

  • Groundswell

So you've got an idea... but how will that translate into financial viability for you and your business? On Tuesday, learn how you can turn ideas into numbers - in a friendly session on budgets and financial projections designed for social venture startups . Speaker: Realize Strategies CEO and Groundswell mentor John Kay. 

Speaker Series: Empowering Communities through Social Ventures - Melanie Conn, Common Thread
Mar
14
5:30 am05:30

Speaker Series: Empowering Communities through Social Ventures - Melanie Conn, Common Thread

  • Groundswell Community Space

On Tuesday, Feb 28th, meet Melanie Conn from Common Thread, a co-op with demonstrated impact: providing employment to marginalized individuals, including immigrants and other local women who need support.  She will share her myriad of experience and her strong advocacy on CED (community economic development), and the nuts & bolts of building sustainable social ventures. 

Groundswell's 5th Showcase Gala!
Mar
7
5:30 pm17:30

Groundswell's 5th Showcase Gala!

  • Groundswell Community Space

Groundswell's fifth cohort of budding entrepreneurs are ready to showcase their beautiful, authentic and compassionate ventures to the world! 

  • Doors & Marketplace: 5:30 - 9:00 pm
  • Presentations: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

By donation RSVP - no one turned away for lack of funds.

Groundswell Tuesdays: Writing Winning Grants (Workshop & Potluck!)
Feb
14
5:30 pm17:30

Groundswell Tuesdays: Writing Winning Grants (Workshop & Potluck!)

  • Groundswell 566 Powell Street, Vancouver, BC Canada

Come to Groundswell's hands-on, supportive, and friendly workshop that will get you started with grant proposal writing.  Get expert advice from our mentor and social venture guru David LePage.  Make sure to bring him your toughest questions!

Groundswell SocialS (& Potluck!) : Infusing your Brand with your Values | Toby Barrazuol
Dec
20
5:00 pm17:00

Groundswell SocialS (& Potluck!) : Infusing your Brand with your Values | Toby Barrazuol

  • Groundswell

Come join us for an afternoon of learning about 'building a Values-infused business' from Dream Leader of Eclipse Awards & social entrepreneur extraordinaire Toby Barrazuol. 

PLUS! We are making this Tuesday extra special by hosting a community potluck! Bring a dish to share, and invite your friends, and stay for a bit longer.  

Vancouver SOUP
Nov
16
6:00 pm18:00

Vancouver SOUP

SOUP is a public dinner hosted at the Groundswell Cafe, where, for a minimum donation of $10 you get soup, salad, bread, and a vote! Join us for an evening of food, fun, and supporting community-building projects!

A New Economy: Encore Screening
Nov
15
6:30 pm18:30

A New Economy: Encore Screening

  • Rio Theatre

'A New Economy' explores the systems of the past and discusses how to achieve a brighter and more collaborative future. If you missed the initial screening, catch the encore on November 15th at the Rio Theatre.

Groundswell’s Managing Director Paola Qualizza is part of the panel after the film. 

Impact Vancouver
Nov
15
5:30 pm17:30

Impact Vancouver

Join our community of changemakers and social venture builders for Global Entrepreneurship week as we showcase the very best of Vancouver's Impact community.

 

Info Session at the VPL
Nov
10
4:00 pm16:00

Info Session at the VPL

  • VPL Central Branch: 3rd Floor Meeting Room (by the Inspiration Lab)

Interested in our social ventures training and mentoring community?  Come learn about Groundswell's programs and meet us at an Info Session as one of the steps in the application process. 

A Taste of Groundswell
Nov
1
5:30 pm17:30

A Taste of Groundswell

  • Groundswell Café & Event Space

Groundswell’s burgeoning fifth cohort is hosting this event in our comfy clubhouse at 566 Powell St. The party kicks off November 1st at 5:30 pm! Swing by to check it out and get a taste, and stay till the party stops kickin’.

Ethics & Contemporary Capitalism: Critique & the Imagination of Alternatives
Oct
29
10:00 am10:00

Ethics & Contemporary Capitalism: Critique & the Imagination of Alternatives

  • Groundswell

Understand how the economy works - and doesn’t work - and together let's explore solutions we can take action on now. 

Many of us today feel that our economy does not serve our values of strong communities, a healthy environment, and social justice for all. Beginning with the argument that in order to critique our economy we need to understand it, this workshop provides specific language to our feelings of injustice, working through the ‘story’ of capitalism in order to open space for imagining how to organize our economy otherwise. 

Rather than suggesting an ‘all or nothing’ solution, this workshop begins where we are, showing how alternatives to capitalism are being lived every day in various forms. Concretely, this workshop will show how critique can lead to creation of alternative organizations, drawing from inspiring examples in Vancouver and beyond