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Best resources for purpose driven professionals

Being a super star leader, employee and colleague requires a combination of factors including continuous learning. I’ve compiled my go-to list for being in the know – from what you should be reading to who you should be following and everything in between.

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Thought Leaders to Follow on Twitter 

Click on their names to follow these social impact thought leaders.

  • Aaron Hurst–  author. CEO of . Speaker & writer. Founder of
  • Bea Boccalandro – Job purposing advisor, speaker, writer & researcher. Job purposing lifts employee engagement, performance & wellbeing by increasing the societal impact of jobs.
  • Beth Kanter -Beth Kanter is the author of Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media, one of the longest running and most popular blogs for nonprofits.  Beth has over 30 years working in the nonprofit sector in technology, training, capacity building, evaluation, fundraising, and marketing.
  • Brad Zarnett Brad is the Founder of the Toronto Sustainability Speaker Series 
  • Carol Cone: Self dubbed “the Mother of Cause Marketing” Cone is an intrapraneur (and entrepreneur) at heart. She created one of the leading cause communications agencies and led the Social Purpose and Business practice within Edelman and now is on to her latest entrepreneurial venture with ON PURPOSE. Make sure you read her latest thinking here.
  • Coro Strandberg–  President of Strandberg Consulting. Coro is a Canadian trail-blazer in values-based business practices and market sustainability.
  • Dan Pallotta -In the last five years alone, Dan has given over 275 talks on philanthropy and innovation. Dan’s iconic TED 2013 Talk has been viewed more than 3.8 million times  It is one of the 100 most-viewed TED Talks of all time. See his website here:
  • Derrick Feldman : President of Achieve | Researcher | Author of Social Movements for Good | Producer of MCON ()
  • Don Tapscott is an Adjunct professor and describes himself as a media theorist. He is also an author of a number of books most recently- the Blockchain Revolution.
  • Ellen Weinreb–  Managing Director, Weinreb Group, Executive Search placing sustainability professionals.
  • Jacqueline Novogratz – Founder/CEO of @acumen to find solutions to poverty & build dignity. Author of The Blue Sweater.
  • Joel Makower  Founder of Green Biz,award-winning journalist, co-author THE NEW GRAND STRATEGY, global speaker on sustainable business, cleantech,
  • Paul Klein Is the Founder & CEO of and founder of .  Paul helps corporations and NGOs profit from innovative social change.
  • Phill Haid– Is the co-founder and & CEO of PUBLIC, a social impact Agency & Accelerator. Columnist for Fast Company and the Financial Post.
  • Susan McPherson:  Susan McPherson is a cause marketer, CSR expert and entrepreneur. Her most recent initiative is her communications consultancy McPherson Strategies (see portfolio here).
  • Full list of Impact Thought Leaders on twitter curated by me (Amanda Minuk a founder of Bmeaningful)

Purpose Oriented Thought Leaders Outside of Social Impact

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Books to Read

Green Giants Green Giants examines nine companies that are merging social responsibility with wild profitability — and reveals the factors responsible for their success.

The Purpose Economy  : In 2014 Aaron Hurst, Ashoka fellow and founder of Imperative and Taproot Foundation, published The Purpose Economy, the book that catalyzed the purpose revolution.

 Social Movements for Good: A guidebook for driving change by taking advantage of the social “currency” that makes movements go viral.

Organizations and Foundations Doing Important Work: 

Canadian Love:

Social Entrepreneurship

Social Purpose, CSR, Sustainability


Some Insightful Canadians to Follow on Twitter:

Am I missing anything? Please add to the list in the comments below.

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Updated as of December 12nd, 2017

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  1. Krista Pawley
    December 1, 2015 at 5:18 pm — Reply

    Great list I would add a few others

    Taproot Foundation
    Our mission is to lead, mobilize and engage professionals in pro bono service that drives social change.

    Roger Martin Roger L. Martin

    And Social Capital Partners

  2. December 1, 2015 at 9:31 pm — Reply

    Bill Young.

  3. Jillian Witt
    December 8, 2015 at 2:00 am — Reply

    Excellent list! I’m certainly biased but The Philanthropist is a great Canadian publication worth mentioning: http://www.the

    • December 8, 2015 at 2:29 pm — Reply

      We don’t mind biases 🙂 Thanks for the addition- we’ll add it in.

  4. December 20, 2015 at 10:29 pm — Reply

    Great list….thank you!

  5. December 21, 2015 at 12:20 am — Reply

    Challenge Factory is a great resource – both for the work they do in re-imaging employment as well as how they run their company.

    Full disclosure – I first met Challenge Factory via your person of influence, Paul Nazareth, and have been on a charity board with her.

  6. December 21, 2015 at 2:44 pm — Reply

    I’m so honoured to be on this list!

    A fairly new resource I would suggest to add is a site/blog launched by 25+ philanthropy professional Ann Rosenfield. Ann has focused many years of writing and helping organizations into this new site!

  7. December 11, 2017 at 11:37 pm — Reply

    You definitely missed my boss @philhaid @publicinc who is a passionate thought leader in this space!

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