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Educating Social Entrepreneurs, Volume I by Maria Aggestam, Paul Miesing

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CHAPTER 4

Free Geek Toronto: Tradeoffs in Open Source and Triple Bottom Line Organizations

Ushnish Sengupta

University of Toronto

Introduction

There is a trend in social enterprise in developing intellectual property through practice, and subsequently monetizing the intellectual property to generate revenue. A case study of Free Geek provides a counterexample to this trend, describing an open source, triple bottom line organization that scales its impact by licensing its intellectual property at no financial cost. In particular, this chapter describes the startup process of Free Geek Toronto (FGT ), which is modeled on Free Geek Portland and Free Geek Vancouver, which are “open source” organizations, which indicates that the organizational structure ...

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