7:41 am - Jun 18, 2014

Mickey Rostoker - update

Mickey and his wife, Cathy, are a brilliant medical team working tirelessly to promote and teach leading edge midwifery as well as combat maternal mortality and neglected global diseases in places like Uganda.

Mickey just shared this very touching recollection. I post it in hopes that more can know about the good work that Mickey and Cathy are doing - as well as the challenges they, their partners, and those they serve face!

From: Mickey Rostoker

Once upon a time …
Tue, Jun 17, 2014 01:14 PM

Late afternoon. A few wisps of clouds shelter the waning sun in the hot, equatorial sky.

The relative quiet of the ward as day shift changes to afternoon shift suddenly turns into a state of urgency.

“Come quickly doctor … there is a woman bleeding.”

She has been bleeding heavily for one day. On the chart it says she had a previous normal pregnancy. She is now 4 months pregnant.

On the stretcher, an impoverished, emaciated 18 year old from the countryside, barely able to respond to her name.

Blood pressure low … pulse rapid.

Between her thighs, a few cloths heavily soiled with blood.

Many clots and obvious grape like clusters of tissue lying on the plastic sheet.

An IV with blood in one arm, an IV with salt water in the other arm.

Quickly she is moved to the evacuation room.

The available equipment and blood is less than optimal.

The doctor works as quickly as possible to remove tissue and stem the continuing bleed.

The onlookers, grim faced and silent nursing students, are uneasy.

The doctor asks them to see if they can locate more blood and equipment.

The bag with blood is now empty. Now only salt water is going into her in both arms.

But her hemoglobin is only 4 when she is first seen in the hospital.

Only blood will be able to replace volume and give desperately needed oxygen to her tissues.

The patient is so very pale.

She complained about the intrusion into her body at first but is now so quiet.

The tissue and blood coming from her insides is less now.

There is no more blood to transfuse.

Suddenly, the doctor feels a small shudder coming from his silent patient.

Looking at her face it is obvious. These are her last breaths.

Then she is no more.

The doctor rises from the work stool in front of her and moves to close her eyes.

Another woman has died, unnecessarily.

Another small child is left without a mother, unnecessarily.

Jean-Francois (Mickey) Rostoker, BA, MD, CCFP, FCFP

Associate Clinical Professor/Family Practice/University of British Columbia/Vancouver/Canada
Assistant Clinical Professor/Family Medicine/University of Saskatchewan/Regina/Canada


11:38 pm - May 23, 2014
Q: Hey my name is Matt I work for the Diehl family social enterprise competition at Florida State University. I notice that u care about social issues and so do we. We're trying to spread the word about our competition, which will give four social entrepreneurs $50,000 each to make a social enterprise. Could u let your followers know about this competition by linking them to our tumblr or website? It would be a big help to get this great opportunity out there. Anyway, thanks and keep making a diff

Hi Matt: Check this out. 

Social Entrepreneurship for Everyone is out! 14/05/24     

We’ll run your competition until the end of May deadline. Hope that helps. And please feel free to tweet or post the above throughout your network. 

Mark Durieux (Ph.D.)
Applied sociologist
Lead co-author, Social Entrepreneurship For Dummies 
V.P. and C.K.O., iwillhelp.ca
President, Insight Research Reporter Inc.
Founding Partner, International Social Entrepreneurship Cooperative School (ISECS), BOOST Foundations (http://bit.ly/shiSec), and iDiG Studio (https://idigstudiobusiness.squarespace.com/)
TEDx Calgary talk - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u76oVzh70d4


1:02 pm - Jun 17, 2012
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Rage Against the MachineKilling in the Name
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Killing in the Name - Rage Against The Machine

The ultimate anthem for rebellion and doing your own thing. While we at Social Entrepreneurship for Everyone may not be anything resembling anarchists, we do have one thing in common with them, we too dream of change.

We wish to change the current system of oppressive capitalism into something that is more inclusive and positive. Something that benefits all, while exploiting none. Something that focusing on improving the environment, instead of simply using it. Assist and help. Improve and maintain.

Join us, won’t you?


12:56 pm - Jun 16, 2012

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12:56 pm - Jun 14, 2012
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Joseph Mading - CEO & Founder of the South Sudan International Development Foundation

Joseph is a member of Social Entrepreneurship for Everyone and founder of an NGO which aims to participate in the development of South Sudan. He welcomes dialogue regarding his efforts.

Watch this inspirational video of Joseph explaining his dreams of helping his fellow South Sudanese and how he hopes to do it (hint: social entrepreneurship).


12:56 pm - Jun 12, 2012
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Seniors in Need

[Posted on Social Entrepreneurship for Everyone] by Claire Neeland

Hi Everyone!

Today I came across Seniors in Need [http://www.seniorsinneed.ca/], a grassroots organization stemming from the inspiration of philanthropist Peter Cook, who been assisting with the business of elder caring since 1985. Through his company, Seniors for Seniors, Peter encountered seniors so poor they couldn’t afford groceries, medication or rent. Deciding to give back, in late 2011, Peter reached out to the healthcare professionals asking them to submit details of the neediest seniors in their communities , and donated $1000 per month to two seniors in need for one year.

The response was overwhelming…

Not only did the healthcare professionals provide hundreds of candidates who desperately needed help, but Seniors For Seniors was inundated with offers from concerned Canadians who wanted to donate everything from services and groceries to medical supplies and time.

Peter quickly recognized an opportunity to unite seniors in need across Canada with those who wanted to directly help and Seniors In Need™ was born.

“We know from our experience, that sponsoring organizations often feel they can’t get enough of the resources they need , or that the senior’s need cannot be met through their organization’s mandate.” That’s where we come in.” -Peter Cook

Through this website (which has recently gone national), you can donate to seniors in need in your community; from assistance with medication, rent, exercise, etc. This website is proving instrumental in helping seniors in need. If you know a senior in need and or wish to assist, follow the links! At the very least, let’s spread this around and strengthen it’s presence in Alberta and help out some seniors in our own community. :)


Seniors in Need is a great example of social entrepreneurship at its most basic level: people helping people in new and innovative ways. I encourage people to visit their website and see if you find any inspiration among it.

And as always, head over to Social Entrepreneurship for Everyone, register for a free membership, and contribute to our discussions. There we have individuals looking to make connections with motivated community members in hopes to improve the society we live in. Get involved.


2:29 pm - Jun 10, 2012
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United Nations Rio+20 Summit: Global Environment Outlook Report Warns Of Irreversible Damage

[Posted on Social Entrepreneurship for Everyone] by Mark Durieux

An incredibly important report issued by the United Nations warns that we are on the verge of irreversible planetary damage.

Here are a few summary snippets. I encourage our members to read the full article and begin a social entrepreneurial discussion around the issue.

  • Population growth, urbanisation and consumption are set to inflict irreversible damage on the planet, the United Nations said on Wednesday, and called for urgent agreement on new green targets to save the environment.
  • The GEO-5 report, three years in the making and the United Nations’ main health-check of the planet, urges governments to create more ambitious targets or toughen existing ones, most of which have failed to deliver.
  • The GEO-5 report said goals with specific, measurable targets demonstrated the most success, such as the bans on ozone depleting substances and lead in petrol.
  • Most of the impacts from climate change will be felt in many developing countries, particularly in Africa and Asia, where population growth and rising consumption are putting more stress on dwindling natural resources, the GEO-5 report said.

Click here for the full article on Huffington Post


What is your reaction to the article? Post comments here on our blog or continue the discussion on our Environmentalism group on Social Entrepreneurship for Everyone.


3:41 pm - May 31, 2012
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Can our political system be changed to inspire more innovation and positive change?

Democracy seems to be the political system that the western world will be using for the unforeseeable future, and it makes sense. It is the only system that seems to work once in a while. Each other system (monarchy, communism, etc..) has their own positives here and there, but democracy seems to be the only thing that has stuck and has a chance at evolving into a long term solution. But as David Suzuki said last year at the Occupy Vancouver demonstrations[1]:

Capitalism, economies, corporations, markets and currency are not forces of nature. We invented them. If they don’t work, we can and we must change them.

This seems to be a concept most people forget or don’t understand: these things are all social constructions. We invented the money we use, we created capitalism, we decided how our economies would run, and we decided how the political system should work. If one of these social concepts break down or begin malfunctioning, we have a right and the duty to fix it. A lot of these systems are all pretty broken right now, but perhaps the best place to start would be with the political system.

Currently, most western countries run their democracy based on a party system, meaning candidates run based on a platform of ideologies that voters can easily identify with and more easily understand based on which party they are a member of. Voters then pick which party best represents their political motives and needs at the time.

However, this party system can end up meaning the party itself is more important than the individual actually running. Individuals then feel compelled to govern and enact policies that are in favour of the party they belong to, even if it is something they may not perfectly align with their personal opinions.

This leads to my main issue with party politics: politicians are so afraid of doing something that could potentially lead to them not getting elected, that they more often than not, end up doing nothing at all.

A politician running for office may make huge promises on the campaign trail and inspire millions to vote for them. But once they actually get elected and reach that office, they become too afraid to do any of the more radical or controversial things they originally planned or hoped to do because it could destroy their chances of getting re-elected in the future. Because it turns out they are doing it more for themselves than for us. If they truly wanted to get elected to help their citizens, they wouldn’t care if a new policy is unpopular or could lead to not getting elected if it is something good that we need.

My suggestion is this; get rid of party politics and have candidates run as individuals. Make them campaign as themselves, simply putting forward their own platform and the things they believe in. Maybe then they would feel compelled to actually make or change policies that could lead to some good because they know by the time the next election comes along, there will be a dozen more individual candidates and their chance of re-election would be slim anyways unless they improve things. Maybe then they will feel compelled to do as much good as they can for everyone, not just the party who elected them.

If we can scrap party politics, or at least change it in a way that more can be achieved, perhaps there will be a better environment for social entrepreneurs. A market based more on innovation and co-operation. Things like oil dependency can be a thing of the past when more funding goes to companies who invest in renewable energies rather than oil and gas companies. Or maybe we are doomed and the system is too far gone to change. But we need to start somewhere.

(Click here to continue this discussion on Social Entrepreneurship for Everyone)


5:54 pm - May 30, 2012
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Social Entrepreneurs: Pioneering Social Change

(Description): A short film about the field of social entrepreneurship. Its a great overview of the progress made over the last three decades. It starts with Mohammad Yunus and includes interviews with a number of social entrepreneurs and others in the field, including Sally Osberg of the Skoll Foundation, Bill Drayton of Ashoka, Jacqueline Novogratz of the Acumen Fund, John Elkington of Volans, and author David Bornstein.

A great video outlining the purpose and growing need for social entrepreneurs. Give it a watch and get involved at Social Entrepreneurship for Everyone.


5:32 pm

Member Spotlight: Hunter O’Brien

We here at Social Entrepreneurship for Everyone would like to welcome Hunter O’Brien to our network and thank him for his involvement in our cause. Hunter, like the rest of us, has noted interests that many of us will relate to. Taken from his personal blog, which can be found here, his interested consist of:

Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation, and Pragmatic Environmentalism.

Besides running his personal blog, he also maintains a blog on fitness and health, a blog on cooking and nutrition, and a blog based on his travels and outdoor inspired lifestyle.

Hopefully he can find ways to connect with our members and provide some valuable insight. Perhaps ideas relating to both the production of food and more innovative methods of producing and distributing that more healthy and organic food. As Hunter wrote himself on one of his blog posts:

Think outside the box.

Hegemonic ideologies rule our society. These are beliefs that are so naturalized that alternatives are beyond the limit of the thinkable.

Maybe together we can start creating more ideologies that are environmentally friendly and slowly change the current paradigm.

To participate in the discussion and share any ideas you may have, go to our website and become a member yourself.



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