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The booklet I wrote for ebbf, The Promise of Social Innovation: enterprises as a source of social good, was officially launched last week. It is now available in print form from ebbf or as an e-book at Amazon.com. I do hope you will find it a useful source of information about social innovation and social enterprises. I would love to read your comments! Continue reading

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Happy news: joining CAMRT

On February 4th, I will be joining CAMRT as its next CEO. The Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists is Canada’s national professional association for radiological, nuclear medicine and magnetic resonance imaging technologists and radiation therapists. Continue reading

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The perils of being optimistic and overconfident

Optimism drives you to persevere in the face of adversity, when the odds are against you. It gives you resilience. There is also a negative side to optimism. Be wary. Optimism is “widespread, stubborn, and costly…the optimism bias may well be the most significant of the cognitive biases.” Continue reading

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Barclays, GSK. How to fix corruption in large corporations.

“We have a profound issue — that is, an industry-wide issue, not just a Barclays issue” That’s what the former CEO of Barclays stated in front of a British parliamentary panel. This statement exemplifies the state of many businesses, from health-care fraud to bribery; this has not been a good year for corporate social responsibility. Continue reading

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Medical equipment matters: the aid vs. development paradigm

Up to 70% of donated medical equipment is never put into use in its new home. Why are donations often so ineffective? I would argue that it is because they form part of an aid response to the issue, when what is really needed is a development response. Continue reading

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Healthcare in Ontario: Drummond Report to drive drastic reforms

The Drummond report highlights the exploding healthcare expenditures in Ontario. It makes over 105 recommendations to help restrain healthcare expenditures while improving health outcomes. Continue reading

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Funding good works: impact investing, social finance and the great divide between business and non-profits

Tweet The idea that traditional ways of funding businesses can be applied to fund the non-profit sector is taking hold. This week in Toronto, over 500 people- met at the Social Finance Forum to discuss ways to fund and scale-up … Continue reading

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3 new inspiring examples of social business: Hub Ottawa, Coffee for Water and Goodness TV

Jahan created a company that imports coffee from Haiti and sells it in the USA. Profits made help fund the installation of water purification systems in Haiti. Not only is he addressing an important health issue, he is also creating jobs and stimulating the local economy. Continue reading

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An unexpected summer chat in my backyard: Talking about social innovation with an Ontario member of parliament!

A few days ago as I was working in my backyard when my provincial member of parliament paid me an unexpected visit as part of a pre-electoral effort to meet his constituents. We spoke only briefly but I was able to ask him about Ontario’s commitment to social innovation and he showed an impressive mastery of the topic. Continue reading

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Perspectives on strategy- Porter vs Mintzberg through videos clips

A few short video clips for those of you who wish to compare the styles and the evolving positions of Porter and Mintzberg. Continue reading

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