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Social Impact and the Facebook Fortune

In the past few years, ‘impact’ seems to have become the clarion cry of countless well-meaning business and social sector leaders around the world. Suddenly, it seems, making an impact is synonymous with success. Increasingly, business magazines like Fortune, Entrepreneur and Wired are covering ‘social impact,’ ‘impact investing,’ ‘impact measurement,’ and more. Yet the sheer complexity of some of the …

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Conversations on Responsible Business

Junxion Principal & Managing Director Mike Rowlands is heard weekly on Vancouver’s Roundhouse Radio, in conversations about socially responsible business. Visit this page each week to listen online for insights and ideas sparked by what’s happening in the news, and to find links to learn more. January 26, 2016: Demystifying the Rock Star Status of Entrepreneurialism: Financial Risk, Burnout & Secrets to the Well-Lived Life …

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Changes at Junxion Strategy…

It is four years ago this week that Vancouver’s leading social purpose branding agency merged with the city’s leading sustainability consultancy to form Junxion Strategy—a company committed to shifting ideas at the meeting point of business, environment and society. That same week, we announced the opening of our third office, in New Delhi, India. In the intervening years, we built …

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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 …