Social Enterprise Heroes: Edible Garden Project

This article is one of a series highlighting the finalists in the 2013 Social Enterprise Heroes event, presented for the third consecutive year by Junxion, along with KPMG and JDQ Systems. Heather Johnstone jokes that leaving her early career as an anthropologist on British Columbia’s Northwest coast to become a farmer was simply “a transition from one career working in …

Successful companies look different today

“Imagine you’re hosting a dinner party, and you can invite ten people, living or dead. Who would they be?” It’s a question that turns out to be a fabulous way to get to know what’s important to the respondent. But more interesting, perhaps, is the follow up: “Why them?” I was quickly descending down a rabbit hole of introspection. Winston …

Panel explores how to scale social ventures

At the inaugural Propelling Social Ventures conference, hosted this week by UBC’s ISIS Research Centre in Vancouver, Canada, nearly 150 social entrepreneurs, their supporters and financiers have gathered to explore how we can generate even more social venture activity in British Columbia. Canada’s westernmost province is already recognised as a hotbed of social venture activity, particularly with respect to environmental …

Social entrepreneurs: Heroes in their own right

This article is one of a series highlighting the finalists in the 2013 Social Enterprise Heroes event, presented for the third consecutive year by Junxion, along with KPMG and JDQ Systems. See the original article in the March 2013 issue of SEE Change Magazine. Three mission-based business finalists for ENP’s Fifth Annual Social Enterprise Heroes tell their stories with Junxion’s …

What is your donation worth? It depends

Tax considerations are an important and critical aspect of how donations are processed and how charities and supporters benefit. It varies significantly from country to country. In this article, we explore the tax implications and differences of a £100/$100 donation across the UK, the US and Canada. In the UK, those who work in the charity sector take a system …

Dimensions of social enterprise leadership: Part 4

Series: Fourth of Five Collaborating Across the Boundaries of Organisations. Collaboration has surely become one of the all time great buzzwords. Seemingly everyone aspires to be collaborative. Unfortunately, for every successful collaboration, there are dozens of ‘partnerships’ and ‘alliances’ that fail to achieve their potential. In this fourth part of our series on social enterprise leadership, we share insights into …

Can social media and social welfare be soul mates?

Is social media the miracle cure for social service, social change and philanthropy organisations? Can it really bring people together for the greater good? Or is it just a lot of smoke and mirrors which promises too much and delivers too little? Social media is an important aspect of building a communication strategy for progressive causes. But the truth is …

Junxion at Sustainable Brands London

Last last year, more than 450 changemakers gathered in London, UK, for the first European foray of Sustainable Brands. It was a lively and stimulating two-day event that saw Junxion principals, Peter ter Weeme and Erin Barrett, attend. The first Sustainable Brands conference was held with a couple of hundred innovators in New Orleans in 2007. Since then, the event …

India uses policy levers to accelerate CSR

Although it is a relatively new phenomenon in developed countries, the concept of corporate social responsibility, or CSR, is not new to India. It has been part of the country’s business tradition for decades. Indeed, in India, its roots lie in the ancient Vedas, Upanishads, Smiritis and Dharmas. Hindu scriptures that extol virtues of sacrifice, coexistence and wellbeing for all …