International Attacks on Civil Society

Champions of Democracy Under Attack: The Silence is Deafening

There’s a troubling trend underway across Asia and Canada that’s seeing NGOs—key champions of democracy—under attack by various governments. And the justification for this scrutiny and muzzling appears to be that governments don’t appreciate that activists are raising voices on issues that may not align with government policy and priorities. If you thought that this is an issue just amongst …

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Big Society and Corporate Social Responsibility

“Today is the start of a serious reform agenda to take power away from politicians and give it to people.” So said David Cameron at the launch of the Big Society in May 2010. A big claim. As the flagship idea of the 2010 Conservative manifesto, what happened to the Big Society in the 2010-2015 parliament? As that parliament recently …

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One Year Into India’s CSR Law: The Jury’s Still Deliberating

On April 1, 2014, India became the first country to legally mandate corporate social responsibility. The new rules in Section 135 of India’s Companies Act make it mandatory for companies of a certain turnover and profitability to spend two percent of their average net profit for the past three years on CSR. More than one year into this grand experiment …

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Social Change Institute 2015: Is this your year?

Spring is soaking the south shore of Cortes Island, and Hollyhock, Canada’s lifelong learning centre, is hosting another full season of learning and leadership. The incredible, annual Social Change Institute is just weeks away. Will you join me there? Junxion is a long-time sponsor and content contributor to SCI, supporting this gathering of 100 or more social change leaders for five days on Hollyhock‘s naturally spectacular campus. Each year, participants …

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Community Engagement: Five Essential Considerations

Back in the early days of corporate philanthropy, companies typically selected causes to support based on the personal interests of the chairman—or the chairman’s wife!—with little or no regard to issues of strategy, relevance or impact. Fortunately, things have moved on, with many companies now adopting more innovative, imaginative and considered approaches to their companies’ community involvement activities—such that in …

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Give It Up for Corporate Philanthropy in India

As Prime Minister Narender Modi travels the globe in the greatest flurry of diplomacy India has seen in recent memory, and as India’s GDP growth overtakes China’s, it’s no wonder that India’s firmly in the international spotlight. After a cautious first year in power, expectations of the government remain high in terms of economic growth but also for addressing the …

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Reflections on Social Venture Institute Vancouver

“I learned I don’t have to figure it out, I don’t have to assume, I can just ask.” So said Melissa Hope of HiVE Vancouver, a shared workspace and ‘collaboratorium’ that’s dedicated to fostering positive social impact. Melissa was one of the more than 100 social entrepreneurs, advisors, mentors and financiers that gathered in Vancouver’s trendy Gastown neighbourhood for the 2015 …

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How to Win Support for a CSR Agenda

Winning support for a CSR agenda is like running for political office. You can’t do it on your own. You need to know where you stand in the polls. You need to be able to demonstrate a clear vision that resonates with people’s needs. And you need to be able to communicate it well. First, know where you stand Poring …

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Advisory Boards: Greater capacity for effective leadership

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 …