Social Change

Creating Positive Change in 4 Easy Steps

Carlen Costa | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada
Carlen Costa

When it comes down to it, if we want to change how we experience the world, we must make the choice to change it. Newly enlightened self awareness can...

A Letter To Proud Men Who Think "No" Means "Yes"

Eternity E Martis | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Eternity E Martis

Dear proud men who have taken a woman's "No" to sexual activity, touching, or intercourse as a "Yes" instead of respecting her wishes; to men who have...

Don't Mistake 'Likes' on Facebook For Real Social Change

Neil Seeman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Neil Seeman

"Clicking" on Facebook to save the life of a child in the poorest regions of the world, language that seeps in to pricey corporate social responsibility campaigns online, encourages clicktivism and slacktivism. For any important issue, such as electoral reform, clicking on a petition or 'liking' a YouTube clip doesn't cut it.

If You Want Style, Choose Ethical Fashion

Kendra Coulter | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada Impact
Kendra Coulter

There are many threads which interweave people working in stores and in factories, near and far. Yet too often we compartmentalize and divide issues, creating silos of concern. People interested in making more ethical consumption choices are forced to pit priorities against each other.

Life is Beautiful? Even the Marginalized Can Benefit from Art

Imelda Nurwisah | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Imelda Nurwisah

As humble as they might be, beauty and art can play a part in the support service toolkit that helps the homeless with life challenges and provides assistance that is emotional, social, and spiritual in nature.

Why Canada Needs a Solution Economy to Solve Our Society's Challenges

William D. Eggers | Posted 11.28.2013 | Canada Business
William D. Eggers

There is a global movement where social benefits are seen as outweighing outdated models of public vs. private sector interests. Those part of it are giving rise to a new solution economy, in which there is also a growing recognition that debt-crippled governments can no longer satisfy all of their citizens' wants and needs.

Let the World Be Our Clinic

Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers | Posted 05.18.2013 | Canada
Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers

Not so long ago, I was a fresh new medical student with a strong interest in global issues and a background on social activism and human rights. I was...

A Grassroots Model For Unions

Matt Price | Posted 04.07.2013 | Canada Business
Matt Price

As Canadian unions come under increasing attack by the Harper government (welcome to the club!), there are lessons to be learned from south of the border. A great model I'll dig into a little here is Working America.

How Your Small Business Can Grow Big Ideas

Alison Craiglow Hockenberry | Posted 01.15.2013 | Canada Business
Alison Craiglow Hockenberry

Social entrepreneurship understand that it's about big ideas in small packages that have the potential to effect enormous social change. Social entrepreneurship is about the regional and global impact that can be unleashed if start-up solutions to local problems are given the support to grow, scale-up, and spread around the world. Here are some insights into what it takes to grow and scale.

How I Went Green For Profit

Andreas Souvaliotis | Posted 12.09.2012 | Canada Business
Andreas Souvaliotis

There are many enterprises now that don't fit our outdated good vs. bad models; they're designed to make money, lots of it in fact, but they can only make that money for their shareholders by making our world a better place. This has been true in my experience as well. Nearly six years ago, I started this thing called "Green Rewards."

Apple, Have a Heart -- It's Time to Give Back

Daniel Baylis | Posted 11.13.2012 | Canada Impact
Daniel Baylis

The new iPhone has arrived. And those who worship at the altar of Apple are salivating. But where does the company exist in the hearts of the consumers of technology? Other leading tech-centred brands are turning profits and making tangible commitments to the greater world. I don't want to hear any more excuses -- it's time to place cause at the core of business.

The Future of Business is a Mix of Capitalism and Loving Thy Neighbour

Daniel Baylis | Posted 09.05.2012 | Canada Business
Daniel Baylis

Ask anyone with a shred of a conscience, and they'll tell you that they want a cleaner and more equitable world. With the rise of social media, consumers are becoming increasingly more intelligent and aware of the implications of their purchases. We are shopping not only for value, but with values. That's a major culture shift.

At Rio+20, Canada Is a Zero, Not a Hero

John Izzo | Posted 08.22.2012 | Canada
John Izzo

In Rio, Canada worked pretty hard to make sure no binding agreement on tackling overfishing occurred...or any other agreement for that matter. We can't look to our politicians to help the Earth, but we can look to ourselves. Local efforts from businesses and cities: These are things we can count on.

Marketing Beyond Materialism

Andreas Souvaliotis | Posted 07.27.2011 | Canada
Andreas Souvaliotis

Marketing has changed forever because consumers have changed so fundamentally. Consumers are now seeking more than just pure materialistic satisfaction -- they want their consumption experience to also have an impact or make a difference somehow.