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Building Inclusion From the Ground Up: A Next Economy Conversation with Kalen Taylor

Nikky Manfredi

Nikky Manfredi

Communications & Content Specialist

Movements across the globe are calling for systems change to build a world that is sustainable, equitable, and prosperous for all. But what will that world look like, specifically? It’s easy to get lost in the jargon or talk vaguely about broad topics. What tangible policies, models, and actions will create the world we want to see?

Next Economy Conversations, our monthly tête-à-tête with industry leaders, brings the people building systems-level solutions to the table to break down their approaches, provide key insights, and learn from their successes and failures. Building the Next Economy requires all of us. Welcome to the conversation.

Kalen Taylor is a social entrepreneur and co-founder of three successful social enterprises, as well as the President of Winnipeg’s Social Enterprise Centre and a founding board member of the Social entrepreneurship Enclave in Winnipeg’s north end. Since 2018, Kalen has served as the Executive Director of Purpose Construction, a social enterprise that combines social housing development and rehablitation with trades training and employment run by and for people underrepresented in the skill trades.

For our latest Next Economy Conversation, Tonya sat down with Kalen to discuss how they are “building circular systems from the ground up,” integrating affordable housing, employee social enterprise, food systems, and social finance into a multi-pronged approach to building the Next Economy. We’ve broken down their key insights and you can watch the full conversation here:

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