Elements of Strategy: Start with Vision…

Ask any group of entrepreneurs if they have a strategy and most will quickly say they do. In fact, they probably have a hiring strategy, a marketing strategy, a social media strategy, and inevitably an exit strategy! Is this really ‘strategy’ at all? Early stage entrepreneurs—particularly first time entrepreneurs—typically put together a jigsaw puzzle of ideas that aren’t quite assembled …

Reflections of Our CEO: Rethinking the Shape of ‘Success’

Recently, my wife and I were reflecting on my decade and a half as an entrepreneur, and found ourselves talking in a very objective way about the costs of this career path. Costs paid not in money, but in currencies a younger me never thought were finite. I never intended to start my own business. In the echoes of the …

Urdang Academy | Leading UK Performing Arts School

Founded in 1970, Urdang Academy was established as a response to the lack of diversity in ballet. The academy is now one of the UK’s leading performing arts colleges with a deserved reputation for its inclusive approach and its high-quality training for a career in musical theatre and dance. The school is unique in its approach to breaking down cultural …

Insights into Social Entrepreneurship and Reconciliation: Why the Narrative Matters

RECODE Dialogues bring together Canada’s community-engaged post-secondary institutions to investigate and discuss issues of importance to Canada and the world. RECODE is a program of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation that provides social innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities for College and University students to become drivers of progress and change. On the day before the 2016 Indigenous Innovation Summit, in partnership with …

Getting Sustainability Reporting Right: Three Trends to Know

Sustainability reporting is being used more frequently as a strategic tool for businesses to address popular interest in socially and environmentally responsible products. Showcasing impact and stakeholder engagement are top priorities, and three trends are giving shape to the most successful reports. Purpose is Moving to the Centre of Attention There’s a growing understanding that employees and customers want to buy …

Reflections of Our CEO: Inspiration for a Bold, New Year.

I’ve had Blackstar on repeat all week. Can’t get enough of it. “Challenging and disturbing,” in a characteristically David Bowie way, it was released a year ago today, and just two days before he succumbed to the cancer he’d been fighting while writing and producing his last album. In many ways, Blackstar is a raging lament at the death Bowie …

United We Stand: A New Era of Consolidation in the Social Sector?

Two major announcements recently echoed across the social sector landscape. Grameen Foundation and Freedom From Hunger have united, and in Canada, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) has merged with the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS). Does this indicate the beginning of an era of consolidation in the social sector? And what does that mean for social impact? Mergers and acquisitions are common in business. Each passing …