Working to Purpose: Embracing Accountability

As business’s momentum to embrace social purpose continues to build, many leaders are keen to measure, confirm, and showcase the impact they’re making. This often starts with a deceptively simple question: Can you prove your claims? Do you have data that confirms your impact?   Telling a clear and compelling story about the impact and value of your work, backed …

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A Long, Hard Look in the Mirror

Last week, I was in Berkeley, California for the Social Venture Circle conference, an annual event that convenes many of the pioneers and leading thinkers of socially responsible business. Many of us this year were most excited to hear from keynote speaker Anand Giridharadas, author of the powerfully provocative bestseller Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. …

Storytelling for the Purpose Revolution

Nearly 20 years ago, Junxion pioneered an approach to values-based branding that’s now being used by social ventures and nonprofits on four continents. It starts by defining brand more broadly—as the public face of strategy. Your brand is a powerful tool of engagement for stakeholders inside and outside your organization. And it’s stakeholders you need to engage—your customers, your staff, …

Thinking with the Heart: Social Venture Institute 2019

A few weeks ago, everyone in each of Junxion’s offices left work to walk in solidarity with the world’s youth during the international Climate Strike actions. We joined millions—richly diverse groups of people young and old, student and professional, who perhaps had little else in common, but were definitely united in their passion for the planet. Looking at the throngs …

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 …

Case Study: Social Venture Circle

After over three decades of independent operations, in 2018 the influential Social Venture Network (SVN) and Investors’ Circle (IC) merged, committing to set a new norm of inclusiveness and collaboration among investors, entrepreneurs, donors, policy makers and thought leaders. When SVN and IC were founded, the fields of social purpose business and impact investing were just emerging. Today, over three …