I Fell in Love with a Problem….

I went to the Social Impact Showcase at St. Paul’s University College where I saw Cassie Myers of SheLeads offer great advice to young leaders: “Fall in love with a problem,” she said, “not with a solution.” I loved this advice and reflected on it. I had my first crush on a problem when my media-studies-teacher mom brought home some …

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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 …

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 …

Turning Entrepreneurship Inside Out

For the last four years, I’ve had the pleasure of serving as an Entrepreneur in Residence at RADIUS, a social innovation lab and venture accelerator at Simon Fraser University. Like all entrepreneurs, RADIUS program participants face myriad challenges, but there’s one problem in particular that always piques my interest. In the first accelerator cohort, there was a young woman who …

Sharing Joy in a Time of Anxiety

The Monday morning of my birthday week I was feeling really gloomy. Downright down, in fact. The tricky tendrils of existential anxiety were taking hold. The previous evening, I had been to see a documentary called The Ponds. It’s an utterly charming film about the men and women who swim year-round in the ponds on Hampstead Heath near where I …

Case Study: UN Principles for Responsible Banking

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is a strategic public-private partnership between UNEP and the global financial sector, with a mission to support sustainable finance. Junxion was engaged to develop the global communications strategy for their newly launched Principles for Responsible Banking. The UNEP FI brings together more than 230 financial institutions including banks, insurers and investors. …

Good strategy should make good choices obvious

My friend Roshin says of herself in her recent blog post, “Living car-free was never a conscious choice, just an obvious one.” How can social entrepreneurs make their solutions for complex problems into ‘obvious choices’ that are widely adopted? I contemplate the obviousness of Roshin’s choice having just moved from population-dense urban Vancouver to car-centric suburban Kitchener, where I am …

Purpose Was Never the Whole Story

Among the major trends in business in 2018 was the call for companies to embrace social purpose. Starting with Larry Fink’s widely cited letter to CEOs, momentum built as educators, consultants and conveners leapt to position themselves as the thought leaders of ‘the purpose revolution.’ On January 4, 2019, just shy of a year since Fink published that letter, PhD …