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.
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.
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.
The world is looking for leadership in this fragile time and our culture of modesty isn't helping move the global yardstick of multiculturalism forward. Social impact leaders have a pivotal role to help Canada break out of its audacity shell and craft multiculturalism 2.0.
Technological, mission, and demographic shifts are changing the way international organizations work. For Canada to be at the forefront of addressing global challenges, experimentation must become an embedded capacity in aid and development organizations.