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 …

Vancouver Division of Family Practice

Promoting Family Practice Maternity Care through a Public Directory of Physicians and Pregnancy-Related Resources Junxion Strategy worked with a team of family doctors to design and publish a one-stop-shop website for pregnancy-related resources and information. The Business Challenge Province-wide, the share of births attended by family physicians (FPs) is in decline. If an ‘average member of the public’ were asked …

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. …

Lead from Hope: Thoughts On the UK Election

It’s another year, so there’s another reason to vote in the UK! Yes, following a general election in 2015 and the Brexit referendum in 2016, we’re now in full election fever! Again. As Brenda from Bristol said when this election was announced: “You’re joking. Not another one?… There’s too much politics going on at the moment.” (Brenda4PM trended on Twitter …

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 …

Reflections of Our CEO: Numbers Really Do Lie

“Maybe it’s time to throw in the towel,” I said. To this day, I’m not sure if it was the words that came back, or the instinctive speed with which they were said, but the response was quick and perfect. I was sitting on the cold, hard steps behind our office, looking across the park to downtown Vancouver, the city I call home. …

Is Environmental Sustainability Unsustainable?

Sustainable development is about “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” So said Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway. Until the 1980s, business leaders used the word sustainability to mean a company’s ability to increase its earnings, steadily through time. It wasn’t until 1987 and the UN Brundtland Report …