Peanuts for Donuts? Or Why a Living Wage is a Social Imperative

“If your business is only profitable when you pay employees below poverty wages, your business model isn’t viable.” The quote is from a fairly direct comment I read on a friend’s Facebook post as the Tim Horton’s minimum wage controversy was generating massive publicity. On January 1, the minimum wage in Ontario, Canada jumped to $14 (from $11.60). Next January, …

Case Study: SES Consulting

Junxion’s CEO, Mike Rowlands, first met SES Consulting’s CEO, Scott Sinclair, in 2012 at the annual Social Venture Institute. A relationship based on shared values between two men turned into a valuable relationship between two social impact companies. SES’s mission is to fight climate change by reducing buildings’ use of energy and water. SES is an engineering firm, but it’s …

Reflections of Our CEO: Five Questions to Make 2018 Magnificent….

A year ago this week, I took a day away from work, family and friends, and set to reflecting on the year that would be. This has been my practice for five years now, and as 2017 draws to a close, I’m beginning to reflect on another new year…. I begin by looking back across my calendar at the year …

Reflections of Our CEO: Finding Connection in a Time of Division

I used to think I was psychic. I could really clearly foresee people’s decisions, or anticipate their actions. I still can, and it still feels like magic to me. I blame retail. I spent 10 years working in and running destination bicycle retail stores. This was in the years after the invention of the mountain bike, when independent bicycle dealers …

Into the Fray! A Call for Corporate Activism

As I write, the air reeks of burned wood. It is the lingering stench of the worst forest fire season on record for Western North America. Massive plumes of smoke are rising hundreds of miles away, and the pall is cast over skies as far as the eye can see. Recent coverage of the worst-ever flooding in Houston, from which …

Make the space for your consultants to shine

Organizations need consultants. Whether for specific expertise, extra capacity, or both, adding consultants to your team is nearly inevitable. Do you know how to hire them? We recently made a pitch for a piece of consulting business that was a perfect fit for our team—a combination of data analysis, narrative development, and public outreach, all in service of their important …