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Social Economy Research


Business Done Differently

Business Done Differently is our working name for a Community University Research Alliance funded by the Canadian government’s SSHRC. Its formal title is Social Business and Marginalized Social Groups. This project finishes in January 2016.

Business Done Differently is a joint initiative of the:

  • Social Economy Centre of the University of Toronto,
  • the Ontario Co-operative Association,
  • Social Enterprise Toronto,
  • and, the Toronto Enterprise Fund.

Business Done Differently has produced several books, listed on the Publications page of our website. Our research also led to fact sheets and backgrounders for non-academics.

Click here to learn more about Business Done Different Case Studies.
 

Southern Ontario Social Economy Node

This SSHRC-funded community/university research alliance was undertaken through the Social Economy Centre of the University of Toronto, in partnership with Imagine Canada and the Ontario Co-operative Association.

The overall objective was to enhance the capacity of the social economy of Southern Ontario.

This project consisted of a network of leading scholars from:

  • 11 universities in Southern Ontario,
  • 24 partner organizations,
  • and, Scholars from seven universities external to the node whose research was beneficial.

35 sub-projects emerged during the course of the project (2005-2011), grouped into five Research and Practice Clusters:

  • Mapping the size and scope of the social economy in this region,
  • Understanding the impact of the social economy,
  • Improving the capacity of social economy organizations (SEOs) to demonstrate the value of their activities,
  • Developing public policy
  • and, Extending theory.

This Alliance generated synergy between:

  • Researchers and practitioners working in isolation,
  • Similar networks in other regions,
  • and, the social economy internationally.

This research initiative led to the creation of:

  • the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER),
  • the Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research
  • the Social Economy Centre at the University of Toronto,
  • and, several books listed in our website’s Publications page.
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