Celebrating Social Venture Leadership at SVI 2013

There’s always an atmosphere of possibility and potential in the days leading up to the annual Social Venture Institute—Hollyhock. And it gets positively palpable in the hours before each year’s cohort of social entrepreneurs arrives at this remarkable retreat centre on Cortes Island, off Canada’s west coast. This year—the 18th in SVI’s storied history—was no exception, and the record assembly …

SVI 2013: Daniel Terry, Denman Island Chocolate

“You have to keep going and work hard, but success breeds success.” It’s been scientifically proven that chocolate increases serotonin levels in the brain, so Daniel Terry’s infectiously positive outlook may be, in some part, related to the business he runs. “I make people happy, which you can’t put a price on,” says Daniel, co-founder and CEO of Denman Island …

Lessons for Social Enterprise Leadership

In the face of the complex challenges that social entrepreneurs aim to resolve, effective leadership is essential. The ability to engage people and develop productive organisational coalitions, in service of real world results, is the essence of success for every social enterprise. This is particularly true when missions collide with entrenched systems—global supply chains, unsustainable food systems, and international conflict …

A look at 2013’s new CSR reporting guidelines

2013 was a big year for sustainability reporting—Junxion looks at the latest guidelines published and emerging trends In May 2013, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the leading international body working in the area issued the fourth edition of its guidelines, known as G4. The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), based in the USA, has issued reporting standards for the healthcare …

SVI 2013: James Johnson-Piett, Urbane Development

“To me, the most important thing is providing services that matter, and that have sustainability built in, both in terms of environmental impact and longevity.” “I’m completely in love with cities,” says James Johnson-Piett, one of the leading experts in independent food retail development in the United States.  “Shanghai, Vancouver, Philly… I love cities that are really authentic because they’re where …

Shifting perspectives and transforming systems

Series: Fifth of Five One of Canada’s most prestigious universities, UBC consistently ranks among the world’s top 40 academic institutions. Renowned for its Nobel-Prize-winning researchers, beautiful, sprawling campus and diverse, international student population, UBC has pioneered countless research breakthroughs and societal contributions since it was founded more than a century ago. On the western edge of the campus, in a …

SVI 2013: Ilana Labow, Fresh Roots Urban Farm

“Entrepreneurial spirit is that willingness to take on risk, blended with vision and courage” Ilana Labow has a lot to say about ingredients.  As the founder and co-director of Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society, she can tell you just what it takes to make a delicious, fresh salad literally from the ground up.  And as a first time entrepreneur, she …

SVI 2013: Tonya Surman, Centre for Social Innovation

“Clarity around your value proposition is essential to partnering, and partnering’s essential to solving some of the complex problems we face.” Some years are sprints. Some years are marathons. And some are marathons run at a sprinter’s pace. That’s the sort of year Tonya Surman had in 2012. Actually, it was more like 18 months. During that period, Tonya, CEO …

SVI 2013: Judy Wicks, Local Economies Activist

“Material growth is in conflict with the finite resources of the planet. We need to find ways to grow that aren’t in conflict.” Adventure seems to ooze from Judy Wicks. There seems to be no end to the list of accolades and awards Judy Wicks has amassed over the years. She has been celebrated as the James Beard Foundation Humanitarian …