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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Labs for designing, developing, trying, and re-trying new interventions are growing across Canada. Only five years ago, there were three. Now there are more than 60. Their proliferation means that they are gaining the social licence, and that their approaches are gaining traction.