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.
The AI train isn’t stopping. For social impact, and other sectors, the talent mix of the near future will be human intelligence mixed with machine intelligence. Impact-focused leaders need to think about how they are teaming to make use of—and push back on—an internet economy powered by algorithms.
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.
Giving is not what it used to be. Demographics, figures, motivations, and means of giving all have changed drastically. How we respond to these shifts and how we engage the next generation of donors matters for the future of our communities and causes.