Unintended Consequences: B Corp Legislation in British Columbia

In a few weeks, the BC government will vote on a bill tabled by the BC Green party to create a new corporate form—the Benefit Company—based on the American model of benefit corporations. It’s a well-intentioned move, and has vocal support from several members of the local B Corp certification community, but it has some real and negative unintended consequences. …

Meaning and Value in Addressing Diversity

Most of us spend our days in workplaces and companies that do not have diversity represented in their workforce. This, of course, is not representative of the real world. As difficult as it is to address diversity, it is imperative. Diversity is a contentious topic, because it means so many different things to different people. Diversity reflects the experience of …

Adding Value Through Impact Reporting

It took us a while to issue our own Impact Report but as vocal advocates for impact reporting we have to walk the talk! As the old journalistic adage goes: ‘Nothing like a deadline….’ Given we were invited to present a workshop on impact reporting at the 2018 Investor Circle – Social Venture Network conference on Bridging Profit & Purpose, we …

Finding Value in the Space Between Sectors

At each extreme of a pendulum’s swing, there’s a moment of pause. It’s the briefest possible moment of stasis, when movement halts, and all that’s left is potential. It’s mesmerizing to watch, trying to catch that moment before the pendulum falls again, and swings to its opposite extreme. It’s an apt metaphor for responsible business: If the business sector is set at one …

Who is Running Your Meetings?

John Cleese said it best: “Meetings, bloody meetings.” They’re both the bane of our organizational existence and vital for getting work done in a group—whether as a team of students or colleagues, a board of directors, or the organizing committee of an event or conference. So who should be running yours? In a recent post, we talked about having the …

Seven Tips to Build an Effective Advisory Council

Every entrepreneur, sooner or later, runs into the limits of their own capacity. We all confront myriad challenges. Some we’re equipped to overcome. For others, we need support. As Peter Drucker famously said, “the measure of the effective executive is the ability to get the right things done.” Often, getting the right things done requires the support of others. And …