Constant Strategic Innovation at the Centre for Social Innovation, or CSI at CSI.
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by Social Impact Advisors, Lynn Fergusson, Sally Fazal, Tonya Surman
1y ago
In this conversation with Tonya Surman, CEO of the Centre for Social Innovation, or CSI, we hear about the effect of COVID on their core social purpose coworking space and significant strategic changes happening at CSI.  We see the value of CSi (and other nonprofits) owning real estate, unpack SI Canada’s new role, learn about their leadership on an Impact Dashboard with a Common Approach, and a pilot social enterprise in Muskoka for healing, connection and learning for impact leaders…and much more.   Resources  Tonya Surman : https://socialinnovation.org/team/tonya-surman/  ..read more
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Evolving Social Impact Planning in Uncertain Times
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by Social Impact Advisors, Lynn Fergusson, Sally Fazal, Andrew Taylor
1y ago
How the world has changed!  There are a lot of new challenges and opportunities these days as organizations look to clarify their purpose, strategy, and evaluation of their work to create social impact in these uncertain times.  The work is more complex and challenging than it was say three years ago, the stakes are higher, and success is less certain.  In this podcast, Andrew Taylor, Co-Founder of Taylor Newberry Consulting and Lynn Fergusson, Partner at Social Impact Advisors let you in on some insights from the kind of conversations they often have to better understand the se ..read more
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Loosening the Reins on Funding to Enable Impact: The General Operating Support pilot
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by Social Impact Advisors, Lynn Fergusson, Sally Fazal, Laura Manning
1y ago
Laura Manning, Executive Director at the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation (LSHF) shares the journey and lessons learned from a bold Canadian pilot started in 2018, granting significant additional, unrestricted General Operating Support (GOS) to known grantees.  We hear about the time it takes to get boards comfortable with this approach and what’s behind that. We also hear how Laura and the Foundation see advocating for this approach as part of their work, to help shift the sector.  Now issuing more than 70% of the Foundation’s grants in unrestricted General Operating Support, LSHF provide ..read more
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Paulina Cameron: A changemaker supporting women entrepreneurs, individually and systemically
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by Social Impact Advisors, Lynn Fergusson, Sally Fazal, Paulina Cameron
1y ago
In this episode, we talk to Paulina Cameron, a Globe and Mail ’22 Changemaker and CEO of The Forum, a Vancouver-based charity teaching, mentoring and supporting women entrepreneurs across Canada to take their businesses to the next level.  We hear about the challenges and opportunities the organization and women entrepreneurs faced through COVID.  We also hear about the systemic issues women entrepreneurs face, and work The Forum is doing in both supporting women to overcome these barriers, while at the same time providing training to banks to address systemic biases.  We’re enc ..read more
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Paulina Cameron: A changemaker supporting women entrepreneurs, individually and systemically
Impact Conversations
by Social Impact Advisors, Lynn Fergusson, Sally Fazal, Paulina Cameron
1y ago
In this episode, we talk to Paulina Cameron, a Globe and Mail ’22 Changemaker and CEO of The Forum, a Vancouver-based charity teaching, mentoring and supporting women entrepreneurs across Canada to take their businesses to the next level.  We hear about the challenges and opportunities the organization and women entrepreneurs faced through COVID.  We also hear about the systemic issues women entrepreneurs face, and work The Forum is doing in both supporting women to overcome these barriers, while at the same time providing training to banks to address systemic biases.  We’re enc ..read more
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Catalyzing Social and Environmental Change: a conversation with SI Canada’s Andrea Nemtin
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by Social Impact Advisors, Lynn Fergusson, Sally Fazal, Andrea Nemtin
1y ago
Our guest today is Andrea Nemtin, Executive Director of SI Canada. Sally and Andrea talk about what Social Innovation is, the history of the field in Canada, and how Social Innovation Canada (SI Canada) came to be.  Andrea talks about the priorities of the organization as our country emerges from COVID, and how solutions to the complex challenges of social justice and climate change can be catalyzed and aligned through education, intentional networking at local and national levels across all sectors, and storytelling.     Resources:   Social Innovation Canada: &nb ..read more
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Successfully bringing Indigenous ways to a traditionally science-based culture at Sierra Club BC, with Executive Director, Hannah Askew
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by Social Impact Advisors, Lynn Fergusson, Sally Fazal
1y ago
Hannah Askew started as Executive Director at Sierra Club BC in late 2018 with a mandate to bring an Indigenous lens to the work of Sierra Club BC, alongside the traditional scientific lens.  As a lawyer, prior to this role, Hannah practiced public interest environmental law and was deeply involved in learning from Indigenous communities about their systems of law and governance.      You’ll hear that Hannah is a big proponent of the McConnell Foundation’s Innoweave program “Impact and Strategic Clarity”, which they completed in 2019.  It’s how they developed a Theory ..read more
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Gord Downie’s Legacy of #ReconciliACTION!
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by Social Impact Advisors, Lynn Fergusson, Sally Fazal, Sarah Midanik
1y ago
Sarah Midanik, Executive Director of the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund shares a message of hope, as she reflects on the important work of reconciliation requiring us all, and non-Indigenous Canadians in particular, to take action. We hear about the important work to be done to address systemic racism and how this national charity found a way, working from the ground up, to address the history not previously being told in the school  curriculum, providing tools and resources into some 6000 schools within 4 years. And that’s just one example.   Resources  Gord Downie & ..read more
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Gord Downie’s Legacy of #ReconciliACTION!
Impact Conversations
by Social Impact Advisors, Lynn Fergusson, Sally Fazal, Sarah Midanik
1y ago
Sarah Midanik, Executive Director of the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund shares a message of hope, as she reflects on the important work of reconciliation requiring us all, and non-Indigenous Canadians in particular, to take action. We hear about the important work to be done to address systemic racism and how this national charity found a way, working from the ground up, to address the history not previously being told in the school  curriculum, providing tools and resources into some 6000 schools within 4 years. And that’s just one example.   Resources  Gord Downie & ..read more
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Insights from Toronto’s Reconciliation Action Plan
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by Social Impact Advisors, Lynn Fergusson, Sally Fazal, Selina Young
1y ago
Selina Young, Director of the City of Toronto’s first Indigenous Affairs Office speaks with us about Toronto’s Reconciliation Action Plan, recently unanimously approved by Council.  We hear about the process, informed by various Indigenous community leaders, which pushed Selina and her team to revise the plan, ensuring big, bold action towards reconciliation.  It’s also made clear that this plan is not for Indigenous folks to undertake, but rather actions for non-Indigenous folks to be taking, namely by the City and its some 38k people, leveraging its role as service provider, policy ..read more
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