The first question you might have is, what does AB Seed stand for? It stands for Alberta Social Economy Ecosystem Development. Okay great, now what does THAT mean?
First, let's explain the social economy.
The term 'social economy' refers to all business activities that are not only driven by a strong social mission but also intended to be economically viable. This includes cooperatives, mutual societies, non-profit associations, foundations and social enterprises, covering a wide range of activities.
So what does AB Seed do then?
We are building the social economy ecosystem in Alberta by enhancing collaboration, communication, and strategization of leaders and contributors working in the social economy.
We imagine that Alberta’s future can be the best place to build and grow the social economy. We exist to increase the scale of these communities' impact and improve social outcomes for all Albertans.
AB Seed and ABSI Connect Transition
After a successful retreat in Red Deer, where advisors and managers from ABSI Connect and AB Seed came together, we are thrilled to announce our official partnership. Together, we will create a powerful network that amplifies courageous actions in Alberta communities, aiming for equitable prosperity.
So HOW do you do that?
Connect with Social Enterprises and Entrepreneurs, Support Organizations, Governing Bodies, Professional Services, Social Finance Organizations, and all other members of the ecosystem with each other to ensure resources and supports are getting to where they are needed. For an example of how we do this check out our community groups or ecosystem directory.
Actively seek out and engage known and yet to be known areas of the social economy ecosystem with an aim to be fully inclusive, and reduce language and jargon barriers (Indigenous, BIPOC, Rural). For an example of how we do this check out our community groups or ecosystem directory.
Opportunities, events, and other ecosystem building resources to encourage full engagement (IRP, Social Finance Fund, Bootcamps). For an example of how we do this check out our blog.
Bring like minded people and organizations together to foster collaboration and cooperation through facilitated and informal groups (communities of practice, online community, learning communities, steering committee). For an example of how we do this check out our resource map.
Collect and distribute Information, resources, stories, learnings, gaps, and data with members of the ecosystem to support a strong foundation, and improve learning and education (Newsletter, Website, mailing lists, events). For an example of how we do this check out our community groups or ecosystem directory.
Actively seek to understand the broader ecosystem and work within to identify and direct services towards gaps and needs. (Relationship building, collaboration). For an example of how we do this check out our resource map.
AB Seed Documents
At times we may have documents that are important to our existence,
you can find them here.