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.

More Canadians now rely on food banks than at any other time in Canadian history. Are we at a breaking point?

Why It Matters

Twenty-two per cent of Canadians plan to access charitable services over the next six months — up from 14 per cent last January — just to meet basic needs, including food. Only systemic change can shift the burden — but will change come before the breaking point?

“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.

Canada’s first 2SLGBTQI+ Action Plan makes big promises, but does it go far enough?

Why It Matters

Most 2SLGBTQI+-serving organizations currently rely on project-based financing and volunteers, which can lead to burnout and instability. Predictable funding has the potential to grow the capacity of 2SLGBTQI+ non-profits and social enterprises.

Modernization Progress 2022: We’re tracking every recommendation made by the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector — here’s the progress so far

Why It Matters

Putting pressure on the Canadian government to adopt all 42 recommendations by the Special Senate Committee will require a detailed understanding of how implementation is falling short of the sector’s expectations.