United We Stand: A New Era of Consolidation in the Social Sector?

Two major announcements recently echoed across the social sector landscape. Grameen Foundation and Freedom From Hunger have united, and in Canada, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) has merged with the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS). Does this indicate the beginning of an era of consolidation in the social sector? And what does that mean for social impact? Mergers and acquisitions are common in business. Each passing …

Social Venture Institute Impact Bio: Meghan French Dunbar

Meghan French Dunbar’s mission in life is to inspire and educate people on how business can be used as a force for good. Her ultimate goal? In 20 years, nobody will say “purpose-driven work” or “conscious business” or “sustainable business,” because doing good business will be the new ‘business as usual.’ As Co founder and Editor in Chieftess of Conscious …

TrustBrand™ | Purpose: Putting Meaning to Work

There is a vast gulf growing between younger generations, who want genuine purpose in their work, and older generations (their bosses), who are more likely to define purpose as profitability. This sense of higher purpose is being crystallized as a new cultural value, and can present a profound and durable competitive advantage. This generational gulf was the central finding of …

Better Business Podcast: Adam Garfunkel

Accountability. Performance. Transparency. Three fundamental tenets of responsible business and, it turns out, three ideas that have framed the career of Junxion’s London MD, Adam Garfunkel. Adam was chatting with Tom Idle for issue 20 of the Better Business podcast and setting out the ideas behind the B Corporation movement. B Corps are companies that are committed to using business as a …

Social Venture Institute Impact Bio: Carla Heim

Carla Heim works with social entrepreneurs in BC to provide the tools and funding to grow their businesses. She knows that entrepreneurs can hit the limits of their skills and capacity, and her passion lies in helping them push through those challenges. Carla is a Senior Account Manager at the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). Along with her colleagues, …

Social Venture Institute Impact Bio: Mary Waldner

Mary Waldner had been sick most of her life without knowing why. When she was finally diagnosed with Celiac disease in 1994, it was a life-changing relief—and was soon to be the ‘aha moment’ that sparked an entrepreneurial journey. “I developed a cracker recipe for myself so that I could have something to eat, especially when going out. And then …

TrustBrand™ – The Heart of Junxion’s Approach

In an era when stakeholders watch businesses with a hawk’s eye focus on their social and environmental behaviour, and when the countless causes of the social sector strain to stand apart, a strong brand is a vital strategic asset. Every organization has a ‘brand.’ Some think of it as nothing more than a memorable logo. Others expand their definition to include the rules …

Making 1 + 1 = 3 in the ‘Space Between’ Sectors

At each extreme of a pendulum’s swing, there’s a moment of pause. It’s the briefest possible moment of stasis, when movement halts, and all that’s left is potential. It’s mesmerizing to watch, trying to catch that moment before the pendulum falls again, and swings to its opposite extreme. It’s an apt metaphor for responsible business: If the business sector is set at one …