23 Daring Predictions that will Shape the Social Impact World in 2023

Why It Matters

Signals tend to reveal emergent phenomena sooner so that changemakers can turn their attention to possible opportunities, disruptions, innovations and developments that affect their missions, programs and work. Signals can become mainstream and evolve into trends — when a signal hits a certain threshold, for example, it might become a trend in the broader society or sector, and begin to diffuse rapidly.

“Never an individual movement”: Three prominent activists on the state of human rights in Canada

Why It Matters

Interconnected efforts and coalitions when fighting for human rights is more important than ever as many crises layer on top of each other, maintaining inequalities and impacting historically marginalized groups.

Chinatowns are disappearing across the country. Here’s what one group did to keep Montreal’s Chinatown community alive and supportive for residents.

Why It Matters

Chinatowns in cities across Canada have been facing vast gentrification, anti-asian racism, and a housing crisis that has only worsened since the pandemic hit. Now, the local population faces a dire lack of amenities and services.

“Peace is a verb, not a noun”: why modernizing global cooperation and aid must start with reframing language

Why It Matters

Words like decolonization are not made for the global south. If the global cooperation and aid sector fails to use language that is meaningful, inclusive and accessible to everyone, conversations on advancing the sector’s future will remain one-sided.

Emotional emancipation: This organization is strengthening Black communities by healing from the trauma of racism

Why It Matters

COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on Black Canadians exposed longstanding economic and social inequities, and caused significant stress and trauma for the population. The CHN provides a way for these communities to heal collectively.

Is your trust-based grantmaking process breaking enough rules?

Why It Matters

Many small organizations are limited from accessing grants through their lack of charity status, and operational power, while still being a driving force for vital projects. Without grantmakers who will adapt to their unique needs, these grassroots community groups will be stunted from growing their impact in their communities.