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BLD Western Canada: United by Values

Image Courtesy : Maxine Bulloch Photography “Be strong enough to stand alone, be yourself enough to stand apart, but be wise enough to stand together when the time comes.” This Mark Amend quote could have been the guiding brief for the recent B Corp Leadership Development (BLD) conference for Western Canada. It was a day that reminded me that to …

An Invitation to Audacity

Never has it been more true that the one constant in life is change. The future is hurtling toward us, putting many of us on our heels, stretching our capacity, and testing our resilience. The problems of the future—imagined for so long to be on the distant horizon—are already here. Will we have the courage to respond? Our economic system …

Finding Meaning in Sustainability Consulting

Any sustainability consultant worth their salt will have thought at some point, “Am I just perpetuating the system I say I want to change?” Many of us will suffer that self-doubt regularly, wondering whether we are driving real change or just window-dressing the status quo. Lipstick, pigs, etc. It wasn’t always so. I was early into sustainability reporting and lucky …

Reflections of Our CEO: “Applied Idealism”

I always look forward to the May board meeting at Hollyhock. It’s usually my first opportunity to visit campus each year and comes at a time when the garden is waking from hibernation, and the shore and forest are so vibrant and verdant. This year, I arrived a day early and found myself in a surprising and inspiring conversation…. In …

“Let Your Systems Set You Free”

Mention ‘process,’ and most of us feel constrained or restricted—even stagnant. This seems odd, given the word itself derives from the Latin ‘processus’, meaning “advancing or proceeding” and “a going forward.” So why do we feel stifled when faced with process in our daily work? The problem is not that we prefer to live in chaos! Or to make things …

Impact Storytelling: Clarity, Outcomes, and Connection

Over the last year, Junxion interviewed about two dozen Presidents, VPs, faculty, students, and Elders at colleges and universities across Canada who are applying their work, and the assets of their institutions, to address pressing needs in their local communities. They’re focused on poverty, unemployment, access to healthcare, reconciliation, local food, social purpose real estate, local economic development… a diverse …

Reflections of Our CEO: On Certainty and Self-Doubt

My nerdiest t-shirt riffs on Plato—specifically on the Allegory of the Cave, one of western philosophy’s most important arguments for reflective understanding. ‘Plato’s Cave Search & Rescue Team,’ says the shirt. My kids shake their heads every time I wear it, but it always reminds me of how rarely any of us sees the whole picture. The Cave Allegory explains …

When the Going Gets Tough, Invest in Evaluation

As winter turns to spring, the charitable sector in Ontario is grappling with a new provincial budget that puts funding pressure on a range of public services and deepens the social deficit—the gap between what people need, and what charities and government services can provide. Many charities are already searching the landscape for new funding options, worried they will otherwise …