Catching a Runaway Train—Harnessing the Value of Vancouver’s Real Estate Development Boom

I’m getting priced out of living in Vancouver, along with most of my peers, and so naturally I’m interested in how the City redistributes the economic benefits of property development so that all citizens, and not just the owners and developers, share in the benefits. Vancouver is first among municipal governments in North America for the level of effort and …

Why didn’t Franklin just call an Uber?

In 1845, Captain Sir John Franklin set out from England with 129 men in two ships to traverse the Northwest Passage. Both ships got stuck in the ice and every single expedition member eventually died of scurvy, lead poisoning, starvation, or hypothermia. Over the last 40 years or so, a fairly comprehensive understanding of the expedition’s demise has emerged, and …

Make the space for your consultants to shine

Organizations need consultants. Whether for specific expertise, extra capacity, or both, adding consultants to your team is nearly inevitable. Do you know how to hire them? We recently made a pitch for a piece of consulting business that was a perfect fit for our team—a combination of data analysis, narrative development, and public outreach, all in service of their important …

Is social entrepreneurship cannibalizing civic engagement?

Without making a deliberate effort to see beyond the role of “entrepreneur” and “enterprise,” do we lose sight of incredible opportunities to build strong communities, engaged constituencies, and networks of change makers that don’t have a profit motive or a revenue objective? This Fall I will be teaching a cohort of undergraduate and MBA students about social enterprises and social entrepreneurship. …

Customers Come First! (Or do they?)

Recently I was at an event where a panelist declared the age of the customer to be “over,” favouring an employee-centric culture, because, “if your employees are happy, your customers will be happy.” It felt like a classic chicken and egg scenario: what comes first, your employees or your customers? Sure, people work with people, and if customers are interacting …

Elements of Strategy: Measuring Success

When you measure your business’s success, do you look beyond the bottom line? With 88% of consumers seeking brands that respect people and planet, social impact and sustainability are real imperatives in any measure of success. This is the final post in a four-part series about the elements of strategy. In the first, we talked about a clear, compelling, actionable and …

Vancouver Foundation | Greenest City Grants Program Report

The City of Vancouver has set the ambitious goal to be the world’s greenest city by 2020. Thousands of Vancouverites were directly engaged in projects funded by the Greenest City Community Grants, a program jointly managed by the City and the Vancouver Foundation. Junxion Strategy researched and wrote a case study report on the Greenest City Community Grants Program—a $2M+ …

Your CSR Story: Five Steps to Engage Your Stakeholders

It’s often said that the goal of a Corporate Social Responsibility function in business should be to cease to exist. Can CSR be so embedded in the company that a separate CSR team is wholly unnecessary? It’s a useful question, in that it helps to avoid ‘silo’ thinking. And that’s essential when you’re developing the communications plan for your CSR …

Urdang Academy | Leading UK Performing Arts School

Founded in 1970, Urdang Academy was established as a response to the lack of diversity in ballet. The academy is now one of the UK’s leading performing arts colleges with a deserved reputation for its inclusive approach and its high-quality training for a career in musical theatre and dance. The school is unique in its approach to breaking down cultural …