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 …

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+ …

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 …

Elements of Strategy: Start with Vision…

Ask any group of entrepreneurs if they have a strategy and most will quickly say they do. In fact, they probably have a hiring strategy, a marketing strategy, a social media strategy, and inevitably an exit strategy! Is this really ‘strategy’ at all? Early stage entrepreneurs—particularly first time entrepreneurs—typically put together a jigsaw puzzle of ideas that aren’t quite assembled …

Finding Meaning: Eight Reasons to Work for a Responsible Business

I was born in 1991, so I am what most people call a millennial. I grew up knowing the world faces profound social and environmental challenges. This is not breaking news. However, as a millennial, I also grew up with the important sentiment that I, just one person, can ‘change the world.’ I studied at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada and …