Real Stories of Starting Up | Potluck Social
Apr
24
5:30 PM17:30

Real Stories of Starting Up | Potluck Social

What does a day in the life of a social entrepreneur really look like?

Meet these courageous, young Groundswell alumni who have taken the change they want to see in the world into their own hands.  They are putting their heart and sweat into building cooperatives, small businesses and social enterprises, and they want to share then ups and downs of this rollercoaster reality of entrepreneurship with you!

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Social Venture Showcase #7
Mar
6
5:30 PM17:30

Social Venture Showcase #7

Join us to celebrate and immerse yourself in our community as we launch brand new social ventures with our 7th cohort of budding social entrepreneurs.  They'll be showcasing projects that are making a difference with everything from ethnic dinners by subscription to sex toys by special order.  Come for the intriguing ideas and pop-up marketplace, stay for the company and cash bar!

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Open House: Education for the New Economy
Mar
2
3:30 PM15:30

Open House: Education for the New Economy

Let's talk about the new realities of work: What job market are people coming into? Why is social entrepreneurship on the rise? And, what does someone need to actually create their own work in Vancouver?

Come for discussion, share your stories, and learn about new trends in work and how you can participate in making socially conscious, sustainable livelihoods an achievable reality for all.

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Reconciliation: Past, Present, and Future
Dec
4
5:30 PM17:30

Reconciliation: Past, Present, and Future

The concept of reconciliation can be overwhelming, so tonight we are making space to explore this concept at the individual level and inspire, challenge, learn, build relationships, and act together.  This is merely one step on a long journey of reconcliation, but we want to make it a practical one of dialogue and tangible action that we can take forward in our daily lives.

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Oct
26
5:30 PM17:30

Groundswell's Housewarming Open House

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Date: Thursday, October 26th
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 - come anytime, open house format
Place: #128 - 1689 Johnston Street, Granville Island (second floor of the Public Market, enter through the yellow door)
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Let's get cozy! Come visit Groundswell's new space on Granville Island and help us warm it up with some good vibes, tasty treats and cheers. 
We're doing an open house style event so come anytime between 5:30 - 8:30.

As cool as this new location is, we do miss those brick walls...the Wood Shop Workers Co-op is helping bring a bit of our history to this fresh space with wooden bricks that we want YOU to customize with your warm words, artistic flourishes, or whatever sparks your imagination. Crafty supplies will be supplied, along with drinks and things to nibble on.

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On the Land Indigenous Gathering
Aug
5
to Aug 10

On the Land Indigenous Gathering

  • Tahltan Band Indian Reserve number 1, Cassiar Land District. (map)
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The On the Land Gathering is a four-day experience for young changemakers from diverse locations in Canadian society that is intended to build bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth (age 18-30).  We are accepting applications from youth until June 25th.

We are using Canada’s 150th birthday as an opportunity to ask the question:

How can we build new relationships for the next 150 years? 

Le rassemblement autochtone pour la réconciliation « On the Land » est une expérience de quatre jours pour les jeunes engagé dans les mouvements sociaux qui viennent de divers endroits de la société canadienne et qui visent à établir et améliorer les relations entre les jeunes autochtones et non autochtones (18-30 ans).

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[Speaker Series] Social Ventures in the Cooperative Movement
Apr
25
5:30 PM17:30

[Speaker Series] Social Ventures in the Cooperative Movement

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!

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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

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. 

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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

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. 

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Speaker Series: Growing a Local Economy through Social Enterprise with Colin Stansfield, Potluck Café Society
Jan
24
5:30 PM17:30

Speaker Series: Growing a Local Economy through Social Enterprise with Colin Stansfield, Potluck Café Society

This Tuesday, meet social innovator and Potluck Cafe Society's Executive Director Colin Stansfield as he shares his social venture journey; how social enterprises are building the local economy, and show ways we can all be a part of the bigger movement.

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