Category Archives: Non-profits

Strategy essentials: 6 must read books

There are a lot of excellent articles about strategy but much fewer books. For one thing, books about strategy have a tendency to be quite dry. Unless strategy is a passion of yours, it is unlikely you will pick one of these books and actually read it from cover to cover. With the summer upon us, if you feel you have extra time on your hands, here are a few of my favourites. Continue reading

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In God (only) we trust! – Recent European study shows significant reduction in trust of companies and institutions.

Rebuilding trust is one of the most fundamental challenges faced by companies operating in Europe. Continue reading

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Social innovation made in Quebec: social entrepreneurs gather in Montreal

Last week I kicked-off Montreal’s Rendez-vous des entrepreneurs sociaux with a talk on social innovation…During the conference I discovered several creative organizations and ideas. They are featured in this blog post. Continue reading

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Social innovation: Ontario releases strategy for the not-for-profit sector

Tweet The news that Ontario was launching a strategy to strengthen its partnership with the not-for-profit (NFP) was met with enthusiasm yesterday. The strategy includes a commitment to invest in social innovation- a very positive step for the sector! The report … Continue reading

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For executives only: Why you should use Twitter

Executives don’t tend to use Twitter. Here are 10 good reasons why they should! Continue reading

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Social innovation: a simple model

Tweet Several years ago I attended a talk given by a manager from MaRS, a Toronto innovation hub. Of the twenty some slides in her PowerPoint deck one caught my attention. It showed that social innovation could occur anywhere along a spectrum … Continue reading

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Leadership and social innovation: 5 essential requisites

In the social innovation world, as in business, you will ultimately be judged by your results: what were the positive social outcomes derived from your contribution. How many people did you free from poverty? How many lives did you save? How many forests were protected? You must have clear goals and drive execution! Continue reading

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Social Innovation: 4 requisites for measurable results

Tweet In his popular book, The Power of Social Innovation, Stephen Goldsmith devotes a whole chapter to measuring results of Social Innovation. Why is measuring important and what should we keep in mind when creating performance indicators? Non-profits, social businesses … Continue reading

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Why we should seek social innovation ideas from developing countries

Tweet As countries seek to address some of their most pressing challenges,  extremes of wealth and poverty, the impact of climate change, natural disasters, access to healthcare, unemployment, universal education, equality of men and women… governments are more and more looking for … Continue reading

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Social media: 5 lessons from Trust Agents

A few months ago, I attended the annual Canadian Business for Social Responsibility conference in Toronto. One of the speakers, Chris Jarvis, recommended Trust Agent as a good read for anyone wanting to learn more about social media. Here’s what stood out for me in Chris Brogan and Julien Smith’s book. Continue reading

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