Tuesday, May 23, 2006

The Social Entrepreneurship Series - Ashoka DVD Series

I saw samples of these DVDs a while ago, but today's e-mail from Susan Davis, Director Ashoka Global Academy for Social Entrepreneurship, means the DVDs are ready to ship.

You'll want your organization to have a set.

Susan writes:

This link introduces the entire series and offers an opportunity to watch 4-5 minute clips from most of the individual titles.
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Friday, May 19, 2006

[Opportunity] Business/Project Manager, New Media BC

New Media BC (NMBC) is a not-for-profit industry association whose mission is to advance Vancouver and BC as the World Centre of New Media and Digital Entertainment. Through networking events, peer-to-peer mentoring programs, advocacy work and marketing, NMBC is building the new media community locally and promoting it abroad. The region's new media industry is made up of close to 800 companies with combined annual revenues in excess of $1 billion.

And, they're looking for Business/Project Manager.

The Business/Project Manager will lead and manage (solely or via a project
team) a designated portfolio of projects within NMBC, ensuring that they are
coherent and balanced with a strong focus on delivery and implementation of
products and services.

Along with your degree, you bring 5+ years of relevant experience with
demonstrated knowledge and ability to manage several complex projects
concurrently. Specific knowledge of appropriate tools (e.g. MS Project) for
planning, monitoring and controlling projects is a must. Experience
developing and preparing business plans is a definite asset.


Send your resume and detailed cover letter to:
Luciano Anjos, B.Sc.;
or, Anna Shojania, BA, MBA, CPC.

Here's an overview of the "new media cluster" in BC.
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Thursday, May 18, 2006

[Event] Linda Graff on Board Dynamics in a changing volunteer landscape

On June 9th, join Volunteer Vancouver and discuss new thinking and strategies to attract the skills, talent and influence needed at the helm of your organization. In a session led by Linda Graff, a leading voluntary sector thinker and author, the workshop will address:

    Board development and succession planning in the context of shifts in volunteerism. Generational differences in volunteers, and what that means for shifts in both volunteer duties and the structure of volunteer involvement. The needs of an increasingly demanding volunteer corps to help you to both recruit and retain volunteer leaders in your organization.

Click here to register for the workshop.

Related document:
- Chasing Apparitions
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Friday, May 12, 2006

[Video] Elkington brings on Blood and Gore

Incase you didn't attend the Skoll World Forum, we thought you might find this video of a presentation by Al Gore and David Blood, Generation Investment Management, of interest.

All the more so, if you're a social entrepreneur wondering about the Byzantine world of capital.

John Elkington, SustainAbility, moderates.

Here are more videos from SWF.
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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Conference: 2nd National Canadian Social Enterprise Conference

After a few false starts ... it looks like it's officially underway.

The Canadian Social Enterprise Conference is being planned by a "Pan-Canadian advisory group that includes social enterprises, foundations, credit unions, and government."

So mark your calendar to be in Vancouver for the January 28th - 31st, 2007.

Here's the programme:

Planning and Starting a Social Enterprise:
    - Organizational Readiness

    - Basic Business Skills

    - Critical Steps to Success

    - Choosing a Social Enterprise

Operating and Growing Your Social Enterprise:
    - Advancing Your Business Management Skills

    - Product and Marketing Growth Strategies

    - Private Sector Partnerships

Understanding the Field of Social Enterprise:
    - Explore Different Models and Types of Social Enterprise Ventures

    - Measuring Your Financial and Social Results

Creating an Enabling Environment:
    - Public Policy – Legislation and Regulations

    - Social Enterprise, The Social Economy, and Community Economic Development

    - Best Practices for Investing in Social Enterprise

Here's a link to give you a flovour of the first conference held in Toronto in 2004.

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Friday, May 05, 2006

Opportunity: Senior Director, TechSoup Stock/CompuMentor

Do you want meaningful work in the "technology space"? Then the VSEF is very happy to draw your attention to the following:

If you are someone who has had significant operational and senior management experience in a high growth company or a startup and are looking to move from success to significance in your professional life, we may have "the" position for you. We have an opportunity for a senior director to lead a technology product philanthropy social enterprise currently serving technology needs of U.S. and Canadian nonprofits and expanding to Europe and Africa this summer. If you have people management skills that you would put up there with the best and you can help us bring order to sometimes chaotic situations, while preserving our caring, diverse and opportunistic environment, then we would love to tell you more about a very special opportunity. Read on and check out our websites and then let us know if you are interested in talking to us. We can't offer the commercial equivalents of a market-rate salary or an office overlooking the Bay, but we can offer one of the best cultures you will ever have the pleasure of working in and a truly exciting opportunity with as yet unrealized and amazing potential, where your skills could make a critical difference.

Who We Are

CompuMentor is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help other nonprofits find and adopt the technology they need to more effectively serve their constituents. We've been around since 1987 helping nonprofits and schools with a mentor-matching program and hands-on consulting help in the Bay Area. We currently have more than 110 staff members and an annual budget of about $13.5 million.

Six years ago, we launched TechSoup, which hosts an online magazine, discussion forums, events calendar, free downloads database, and other resources -- all geared toward helping nonprofits make better technology decisions. TechSoup, along with its TechSoup Stock technology product donation distribution service, has helped CompuMentor expand its services to tens of thousands nonprofits in the U.S. and around the globe.
We're now embarking on a grand initiative to redesign and expand our site, our content, and our services with innovative technologies in order to better serve the nonprofit community. We're also reaching beyond our original U.S. audience and forming partnerships and relationships with non-governmental organizations all around the world. Come join us for this exciting ride forward!

About This Position:

We are seeking a goal-oriented senior director to become part of the significant growth plans we have for TechSoup Stock. Help us enhance and build business practices to accommodate substantial growth. Nurture relationships with established and new vendors. Manage a dynamic team dedicated to providing technology assistance to nonprofits--and continue to build a sustainable revenue stream so that we can continue offering valuable services to the nonprofit sector.

This role will report to the Vice President and General Manager of TechSoup Stock. A successful candidate will have broad responsibility over daily operations and program development, and will provide leadership across multiple projects, most with a technical component. Activities will include business analysis and planning, financial analysis and budgeting, new program development and implementation, cross program prioritization, customer service, fulfillment and systems improvements, personnel, and strategy. This person will direct and manage program launch and product implementation and operations teams, support post-acquisition vendor and partner relations, and oversee business infrastructure and process improvements for an exciting web-based nonprofit technology product distribution program that was launched in January 2002 and which is currently experiencing 50% year over year growth. (See Below are some specific duties of the Senior Director, TechSoup Stock:
    Participate actively in developing and setting direction and priorities for program, working with the Vice President, the TechSoup Stock Operations and Fulfillment Directors, and other CompuMentor leadership and team members as appropriate. Develop, monitor and revise business plans and goals. Design and direct implementation in a fast-paced, quickly evolving online environment. Coordinate across multiple projects with conflicting and overlapping requirements and priorities.

    - Manage key senior staff, setting direction, overseeing and directing project and operational priorities. Hire and manage staff according to CompuMentor personnel policies.

    - Support post-acquisition vendor/partner relationships and programs and provide leadership to shape and execute new vendor programs. Support business development efforts.

    - Provide leadership to internal processes and systems enhancements and procedures to maximize customer satisfaction and product distribution as well as enhance operational efficiency.

    - Interface with other departments and teams to foster cross-team integration and sponsor organizational wide projects.

    - Work closely with the finance department on budgeting and financial management.

    - Profit and loss responsibility.

    - Drive the development of process improvements and best practices across the department.


    - Hands-on individual with 5 years general management experience preferably in an online retail or B2B environment or in a social enterprise. Understanding of product launch processes in a technical environment and customer service and fulfillment operations. Proven ability to juggle competing and changing priorities and lead staff to success. Experience in managing external partners/clients.
    - Project management experience. Knowledge of fulfillment operations, cost accounting, and marketing.

    - Demonstrated skill managing and motivating diverse staff, building teams, and participating in teams; superior interpersonal skills.

    - Good leadership, planning, and organization skills.

    - Solid understanding of business applications and web/internet applications.

    - Knowledge of the nonprofit sector and its market needs desirable.

    - Ability to oversee multiple complex projects simultaneously.

    - Solid understanding of financial and profitability analysis.

    - Excellent written and oral communication skills.

    - Flexibility and a sense of humor.

Other desirable experience includes:

    - Knowledge of CRM and CMS Systems.

    - Involvement with nonprofits as an employee or volunteer.

    - International expansion experience.


    BA or equivalent experience; MBA preferred.

Gets the juices going doesn't it!!

To apply:

Review our Web sites at and and

Email the hiring manager, Rebecca Masisak, a cover letter that:
    Addresses your ability to do this work

    Gives an overview of your skills and experience

    Demonstrates an understanding of (or commitment to) the nonprofit sector

Include your resume as plain text pasted within the body of your email (no attachments please!).

Email subject line should say: Senior Director, TechSoup Stock

NOTE: Attachments will not be opened.

P.S. Thanks to Marnie Webb for bringing the role to our attention.

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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Public Innovators Summit: A Gathering of America's Leaders in Public Innovation

Are you interested in spending time with
    national - US - nonprofit executives, social entrepreneurs, leaders of the philanthropic community, cutting-edge social thinkers, media executives, and political leaders?
Then you might want to pencil the weekend of August 18th to be at the Zermatt Resort & Spa in Midway, Utah.

Because that is the location for the 2006 Harwood Institute/Fast Company Public Innovators Summit.

What is the Public Innovators Summit?
    The Annual Public Innovators Summit is an invitation-only weekend event designed to bring together the foremost leaders of public innovation. The Harwood Institute defines public innovators as pragmatic, yet highly idealistic change agents working in both communities and nationally to create and foster new pathways and structures to help people re-engage in public life and politics. In an age where so many people have retreated from the public square into their close-knit circles of family and friends, we need public innovation perhaps more than ever.

    The Summit will give leaders a chance to engage as peers in a “safe space” about the challenges facing public life, the enormous pressures on the public sector, and how we, both collectively and as individuals representing distinct organizations, can create the norms, networks, relationships, and structures necessary for the kind of society we all seek.

What's on the agenda?

Some, but not all, of the issues that may be discussed include:
    What, at the core of public life, is stalling progress that we must address – and how can we overcome those barriers?

    What conditions must be present and what conditions do we need to address to spread new innovation in public life today?

    What kinds of pathways are needed for people to re-engage in public life, and what characteristics must they possess?

You might be interested that Rick Harwood blogs here at Redeeming Hope.

If you'd like to go ... here is the link to register.
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Monday, May 01, 2006

Opportunity: Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network - PLAN

PLAN is a not-for-profit charity created by and for families who have a relative with a disability.

Their goal is twofold: to ensure a safe and secure future for your relative with a disability and, in the process, to provide you and your loved ones with peace of mind. In pursuit of this goal PLAN is inspired by a simple but powerful vision: the vision of a good life for all people with disabilities and their families.

This Ashoka fellow organization ... is looking for a Web Communications Specialist. The role description entails ...

    - Manage our websites
    - Write, design and produce electronic communications
    - Manage our database including the interface with our electronic communications
    - Oversee content development
    - Oversee web-based seminars and dialogues
    - Produce multi-media presentations
    - Design and produce print materials

    Manage and maintain PLAN’s family of web sites (,,, ), including:
    - Collecting, developing, designing and uploading website content and ensuring consistency, coordination and ease of access.
    - Design and develop web interface for additional applications (e.g. surveys, etc.)
    - Oversee the design and distribution of electronic communications through a web-based, database system (e.g. Got Marketing)

    Oversee the use of PLAN’s database, including:
    - Supervising data entry.
    - Overseeing the production of lists, merges, reports, etc.
    - Develop, test and manage web applications, such as web-based courses and dialogues.
    - Design multimedia presentations (e.g. power-point).
    - Provide design and production support for a quarterly newsletter and other printing projects.
    - Produce and analyze statistical reports on a scheduled basis.
    - Provide advice on Internet-related issues and emerging technologies.


Education and experience:
    - Bachelor's or college degree preferred with an emphasis on communications/design studies.
    - Certificate or diploma in Web design and/or management an asset.

Knowledge and skills:
    Proficiency in, or willingness to learn, communication software such as:
    - HTML and Dreamweaver.
    - Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
    - Adobe In design, Photoshop or Illustrator.
    - Image creation and photo editing.
    - Multimedia software, including streaming audio and video.
    - Filemaker Pro
    - Knowledge of graphic design.
    - Understanding of communications planning and strategies.
    - Ability to distill, document, organize and share knowledge in an accessible format.
    - Excellent "Web writing" skills and the ability to interact with a diverse group of colleagues.
    - Ability to provide solutions when identifying problems.


The contact at PLAN is Poonam Sharma Administrative Assistant

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