Food insecurity remains a major issue in Canada’s north, with prices of items sky-rocketing by the time they reach under-served communities. One social enterprise, Arctic Fresh, has built a solution, and is successfully providing fresh, affordable goods to 13 under-served communities. How do they do it?
Nearly two million Canadians have dedicated their lives to doing good in the non-profit sector. However, these same workers face a troubling retirement savings gap. How can we give these people the support they deserve?
If we tackle complex social issues without including affected communities, we’re inevitably left with short-lived solutions. Below, two leaders explain why investing in new types of alliances and local leadership are critical for meaningful change. Crafted in partnership with Evergreen in the lead up to the 2019 Future Cities Canada Summit at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto.
No single sector can address the SDGs alone. The centre, the first of its kind in Canada, brings actors together working towards SDGs including gender equality, reducing inequality, sustainable cities, and climate action. The only way to achieve the targets is in collaboration and by starting to align our efforts.
Millions are marching around the world to demand action from leaders on climate change. Notably, employees from technology companies are striking. Now, these companies are racing to lead the way by making ambitious sustainability pledges, which could drive transformative change.
Failure is typically not something organizations in the world of impact like to open up about. Twenty One Toys founder Ilana Ben-Ari tells us why teaching failure at the workplace can not only strengthen organizational culture, but help create lasting impact.
Kotn started with the simple desire to create a reasonably priced, well-made T-shirt. Scaling globally, it’s now helping to rebuild Egypt’s cotton industry and sewing ethics into its entire supply chain. We sat down with Rami Helali, co-founder and CEO of Kotn, to dive into the company’s startup journey as part of Future of Good's Launch Plan series.
Slowly but surely, institutions, government leaders, and organizations are working to create a more gender-equitable future for the next generation. But when it comes down to an individual level, how can men and boys work to create a more gender-equitable future on a day-to-day basis?
Platform businesses are not necessarily the financial success that their market valuations suggest, even if they have a dedicated community who use them. Now, however, networks of like-minded people and organizations are emerging to accelerate a first wave of digital co-operative enterprises.
In cities where the tech industry booms, homelessness and under-housing also tend to increase. Homelessness is already an issue that affects an estimated 235,000 Canadians each year. But according to three nonprofits, the same industry that’s contributing to these existing issues holds promise as an innovative way to build, design, and scale new solutions.
The Equality Fund launched with $300 million in funding from the Canadian government and ambitious plans to raise another over $1 billion in funding over the next 15 years. Here's how the Canadian-born initiative is using collaboration, partnerships, and a strong feminist vision to guide their path.
The benefits of platforms such as Uber and Airbnb are clear, but people are becoming aware of the downside. Platforms are making work more precarious and the sharing economy has been co-opted by investors seeking massive returns. In response, the old co-operative approach (one that Canada knows well) applied to platforms is emerging as an alternative.
Buzzwords are becoming action. Blockchain technology is demonstrating that in a country tackling complicated, cross-jurisdictional problems such as water governance, there are open, grassroots, and transparent platforms that can help. This is just the beginning.
The Growcer’s product to address food security is quickly gaining traction. The social purpose company manufactures modular plug-and-play hydroponic systems to enable food production in remote communities. As part of our series on addressing emerging issues through entrepreneurship, co-founder and CEO Corey Ellis tells us how to get a social mission business up and running to address urgent needs.
AI-powered virtual health care platforms are tackling problems of access in the healthcare sector. They could prove a worthwhile case study for any sector facing accessibility problems due to distance or the limited availability of trained experts.
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, ensuring portability of worker rights, benefits, credentials, and intellectual property is of huge consequence.
Canadian Indigenous people are systemically excluded from the economy, often lacking resources needed to generate opportunity and wealth. With reconciliation on the forefront of everyone’s minds, now is the perfect time to reimagine inclusion in the Canadian economy.
For all their virtues, it must be said that smart cities can’t solve all the social issues rooted in complex and entrenched systems. Leader in the world of impact have a role to play in maximizing the social potential of smart city initiatives where you live.