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 …

Adding Value Through Impact Reporting

It took us a while to issue our own Impact Report but as vocal advocates for impact reporting we have to walk the talk! As the old journalistic adage goes: ‘Nothing like a deadline….’ Given we were invited to present a workshop on impact reporting at the 2018 Investor Circle – Social Venture Network conference on Bridging Profit & Purpose, we …

Finding Value 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 …

Side by Side: Meriko Kubota Joins the Junxion Team

This year I launched my own consultancy, Social Purpose Strategies, and in collaboration with Junxion I hope we will increase the number of organizations and individuals we can positively impact. I am incredibly excited about our collaboration and for the opportunity to share our knowledge to better serve our clients. I am most passionate about helping businesses develop their purpose. …

Open Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau

For decades, an ever-increasing number of business leaders have recognized their companies’ obligations to their employees, their communities, and the environment we all share. The transition to a clean, healthy, diverse 21st century economy has begun—but it’s not without its challenges. Unfortunately, here in Canada, debates about the validity and value of old economy projects have become highly adversarial and …

Have We Hit ‘Peak Entrepreneur?’

Unbridled ambition has become entangled with the definition of entrepreneurship. Anything less than “putting a dent in the universe” seems to be deemed “failure.” Even social entrepreneurs seem to be taking on more and more ambitious goals striving beyond the ‘progressive change’ that used to characterize the social sector. While any university that isn’t yet home to an incubator is …