Illuminating stories, innovations, and trends shaping social impact in Canada

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Tipping Point

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Legalizing cannabis in Canada is more than a cultural shift. The changing legal status in the country will transform cannabis into a multibillion-dollar industry in the next decade. As the old adage goes, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Put through an impact lens, that means: with huge industry growth comes huge corporate citizenship responsibility.

Shifting the Power in Remote Communities

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Clean air, energy democracy, and renewable sources are all vital to sustainable development and reconciliation. The key to change is understanding local context, while putting power—literally and figuratively—in local hands. It’s a system change that allows for environmental, social, and economic good.

Intersectionality: Why It's Core To Lasting Impact

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Why It Matters

Black feminist Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term back in 1989. However, more recently, intersectionality has found its way into many entities, including the Government of Canada. 2019 may be the year that embedding intersectionality becomes mainstream across the world of social impact.

Trends

The Trappings of Artificial Intelligence

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Why It Matters

The AI train isn’t stopping. For social impact, and other sectors, the talent mix of the near future will be human intelligence mixed with machine intelligence. Impact-focused leaders need to think about how they are teaming to make use of—and push back on—an internet economy powered by algorithms.

The Next Generation of Donors

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Why It Matters

Giving is not what it used to be. Demographics, figures, motivations, and means of giving all have changed drastically. How we respond to these shifts and how we engage the next generation of donors matters for the future of our communities and causes.

Think the Private Sector Can’t Contribute to International Development? Read these 4 Trends

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International development can’t happen in a bubble. The complexity of problems is only matched by the complexity of approaches. Janet Longmore, Canada’s representative on the Business Leaders Caucus, a senior level advisory group to the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, has a few thoughts on the matter.

Insights

Our Rage, Their Revenue Opportunity

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Why It Matters

The marketization of social justice can feel like razor burn. When we practice politics through purchases, civil society efforts are eclipsed. This trend is likely to continue, however, because social malaise is a deep well from which corporations can draw.

Chatbots for Good

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Why It Matters

Chatbots and AI-powered virtual assistants are reimagining public engagement in the retail sector. There are also early experiments in the world of social impact. This is a technology that has the potential to boost frontline feedback, improve services, and ameliorate societal ills.

Unintended Harms of Smart Cities

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Why It Matters

Implementing new Smart City technologies or methods without consideration of unintended consequences takes away from the social impact. With rose-coloured glasses removed, and sleeves up, leaders must get into the practical social implications of smart cities.

2019 Bold Ideas To Watch

The Next Generation of Donors

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Why It Matters

Giving is not what it used to be. Demographics, figures, motivations, and means of giving all have changed drastically. How we respond to these shifts and how we engage the next generation of donors matters for the future of our communities and causes.

Worker Mobility 4.0

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Why It Matters

Cross-organizational and cross-sector mobility is slowly becoming mainstream in the social purpose economy. In a sector that already struggles to attract and retain the best and brightest talent, portability of worker rights, benefits, credentials, and intellectual property is of huge consequence.

Shifting the Power in Remote Communities

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Why It Matters

Clean air, energy democracy, and renewable sources are all vital to sustainable development and reconciliation. The key to change is understanding local context, while putting power—literally and figuratively—in local hands. It’s a system change that allows for environmental, social, and economic good.

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