Launch Plan: The Inside Journey of how the UNDP Started 60 Accelerator Labs Globally

Why It Matters

As we’re faced with increasingly complex global challenges, we must rethink how we create and scale solutions—and that includes transforming institutions. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s 60 Accelerator Labs serve 78 countries, working together to find radical approaches within local contexts, to effectively tackle today’s and tomorrow's challenges.

The Surprising Story Behind Canada's Declining Leadership in Foreign Aid

Why It Matters

The Pearson Commission’s breakthrough report on foreign aid, delivered in September of 1969, which set the global Official Development Assistance (ODA) target of 0.7%, was a Canadian-led innovation. 50 years later, experts weigh in on the significance of this target to Canada’s global leadership in the next decade.

How Well Does Canada's National SDG Strategy Involve All Canadians?

Why It Matters

With just over a decade left to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, Canada has put together an interim strategy towards achieving the goals nationwide. But how well does it involve all Canadians, and what can we do to further engage stakeholders?

Is Canada still a good international citizen?

Why It Matters

From global pandemics to the climate emergency, it’s no secret that our world is facing serious challenges. Canada is getting global points for simply not breaking things. But it’s not good enough in the last decade to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Activists Are Using Bitcoin To Make Protest Art. Here's Why.

Why It Matters

As a multicultural country with a global diaspora, Canada is uniquely positioned to support the voices of oppressed communities from a place of safety. However, as a hub for blockchain innovation, Canada can not only support but also build the technologies that will reduce corruption, promote freedom, and protect citizens worldwide.

Why Facebook’s New Libra Coin is Good — and Really Bad — for the World

Why It Matters

In 2013, Pathways to Education became the first charity in Canada to accept bitcoin donations. Fast forward to 2019, and giving platform CHIMP has processed over $2.5 million in cryptocurrency donations. Cryptocurrency has clearly already met the world of impact — but the arrival of Libra is about to make that relationship far more complicated.

Leticia Gasca, Co-founder Fuckup Nights, Talks About the Art of Messing Up

Why It Matters

Director and co-founder Leticia Gasca quit her day job to grow Fuckup Nights, a global series to celebrate, liberate, and learn from what did not work. Failure is much discussed, but has the pendulum swung too far now? If we can accept failure, perhaps we have come to glorify it too much. Now, it’s about finding the balance.

Could Canada’s Cannabis Companies Reimagine Corporate Citizenship?

Why It Matters

Legalizing cannabis in Canada is more than a cultural shift. The changing legal status 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 potential.