The Torontonians: Five core principles of a social economy

2011

by Darren O'Donnell

This paper introduces performance company Mammalian Diving Reflex and the company's Torontonians initiative, a youth-centred long-term mentorship program and succession plan, located in the Toronto neighbourhood of Parkdale. The paper uses the company and its initiative in an interdisciplinary case study to derive five core principles of a social economy: community, social capital, mentorship, enterprise and performativity. The paper reads the case against the literature relating to these five principles identifying similarities and differences and locating the initiative within best practices. The paper's main purpose is to propose new ways to consider and mobilize these potentially powerful concepts in the direction of equity within the context of a social economy.

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