In March 2012 Common Good Solutions (CGS) took on its first contract with the PEI Farm Centre to help the centre strengthen viability and impact . Embarking on this first piece of work as CGS, co-founders David and Andy could never have guessed where things would go. In just a few months the pair made the decision to incorporate, officially becoming Common Good Solutions Inc. in May 2012.
The small but mighty CGS team called the HUB Halifax home for two years. During their time at the HUB, the team completed two pivotal projects: the Social Enterprise Council of Canada Sector Survey and the Enterprising Non-Profits grant program.
When their time at the HUB came to a close, the expanded team of four called 1697 Brunswick Street home. It was within these four walls that the CGS team experienced unfathomable growth, from launching the world’s first online learning platform dedicated solely to social enterprise (SEI), completing sector changing projects like the second and third social enterprise sector surveys, creating a social enterprise resource database, launching the Impact Incubator in partnership with the Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia, facilitating the Scaling Up project, shooting a cross-Canada documentary on social enterprise, to becoming Nova Scotia’s first Community Interest Company (CIC) and adopting a fresh new brand.
During their time at 1697 Brunswick CGS experienced growth that could no longer be supported by the space, blossoming from a team of five to a team of 20 in 11 months! CGS’ long-time teammate Rodney had a connection that ultimately led to becoming tenants of the Cunard Street Children’s Centre at 5557 Cunard Street in April of 2018. The new space brought everyone closer to the stories of those on the team who grew up there (and even attended the daycare as children), fostering a strengthened sense of community, celebrating the stories and history of the building, the neighbourhood, and those team members
The excitement didn’t stop there; within a short time being in the new space the team launched their full-length film, The Social Shift, to a crowd of over 200 supporters, the Social Enterprise Institute made a big move to partner with another global brand, Social Value Lab, and SEI signed three additional global contracts to increase platform reach and use around the world. The team also began piloting the shared working space as a HUB to bring the story full-circle, and launched a summer youth entrepreneurship program for local community youth...to name a few.
And there’s no sign of slowing! If you want to stay up to date on all that continues to grow and evolve inside CGS, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & Instagram.