When having purpose is not enough: a cautionary tale about leadership in mission driven organizations

I’ve started listening to podcasts at the gym- recently alternating from Tim Ferris, Fresh Air and Freakonomics. Yesterday I decided to listen to the Freakonomics program because they were featuring a conversation with Miki Agrawal- CEO of Thinx– a social purpose company. I was so inspired by her interview. She shared her story …

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Statistics every social impact professional needs to have

Whether you are building a business case, preparing a presentation for your boss or working on a proposal to a potential partner, it’s important to have the statistics to back up your work. We’ve curated the latest data from research studies and reports to share with you key statistics covering employee …

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Can’t miss 2017 conferences for purpose driven professionals

We’re back for another year with our list of can’t miss 2017 conferences. We’re looking forward to another year with many conferences that provide opportunities for professional development, career exploration, and developing new partnerships. So whether you’re in the job market, looking to grow your network or just keeping up to date …

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5 quick career development must-reads to make your 2017 the best one yet

Love them or hate them, new years resolutions do one thing really well, they give us pause to reflect on the year ahead. If it takes the turning of a new year to have us step off the treadmill of life, if only for a moment, and to give thought to what …

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5 CSR trends for 2017

As one of the most newsworthy years comes to a close, we take a step back to reflect and ponder what’s to come. The social impact sector continues to be an exciting area that is growing around the world. Here are 5 trends and opportunities to look for and capitalize …

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You could be looking for your new impact job all wrong

When you’re looking for a new job do you search your skill set and see what comes up? Or maybe you scroll through open listings and see what job titles appeal to you? Likely, it’s some sort of combination of the two because that’s how most job sites work. Companies are …

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37 search term ideas for jobs with impact

Perhaps now more than ever, it’s critical that we stay committed to using our skills for good (and maybe even encouraging others to join us). Some may feel the system is broken, our problems too large or maybe just that it feels pointless. But as Leonard Cohen poetically said “there’s a crack in …

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Stop waiting for the right time and do this instead

When you’re in school there’s a time for everything. There’s class time, homework time, break time, lunch time. Beyond your day being scheduled, there’s a time to apply for university/graduate school, grants etc. For many of us over-educated professionals, we are used to being in school and being told when …

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7 little things you can easily do to make your week more meaningful

While there’s no quick fix to having a meaningful life, there are some easy things you can start doing to make your days more meaningful. Whether you do one a day or all of them in a day, by continually practicing these habits you will notice a change. Here’s 7 …

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8 things every CSR professional will relate to

8 classic CSR stereotypes and feelings related to working in corporate social responsibility and sustainability that we can all relate to: 1. The look you get when you tell someone you work in CSR CSR? Customer Service…? Oh Corporate Social Responsibility. Source  2. How you feel when people in the …

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Best CSR and social good conferences left in 2016

Conference Season is coming (and it may already be here). Here’s our list of the best CSR and Social Good conferences for the rest of 2016- including social finance and nonprofit events. Use up your professional development budgets on one of these events and don’t forget to share the list with your boss and …

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10 inspiring quotes that will help you get through the realization that summer is almost over

No matter how much we love the Fall, the thought that Summer is almost over can be slightly depressing. September is often thought of as an unofficial start of a new year for many- especially for those going back to school. But no matter how long we’ve been in the workforce and out …

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Where to study CSR in Ontario – 2016 Update

With September on the horizon its a time when many are getting ready to return to the classroom. For those interested in social impact, going back to school can mean taking targeted studies in CSR. Most if not all Universities will offer some courses in CSR, others go further and have …

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This 1 skill, says an ex Google & Apple exec, can turn you into a great leader

Earlier this year, Kim Scott, an ex Google & Apple exec and currently an advisor at companies like Dropbox, Qualtrics, & Twitter, gave a talk at Strata + Hadoop World on how to be a better boss through the use of what she calls Radical Candor, the goal of which is to …

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Three truths about the challenges facing CSR professionals

Are you thinking that a career in CSR is for you? The positive impact you can have in a CSR job is a huge draw for the field, but like with any job, success isn’t easy or guaranteed. There’s always hurdles that must be overcome to make a CSR campaign …

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Celebrating Canada Day. How are you getting ready to be meaningful for Canada’s biggest birthday bash?

This Friday, on July 1st, Canada will turn 149. It was in 1867 that Canada became a country, which started with four founding provinces: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec. Over the next 132 years the remaining 9 provinces would join the nation. Next year, in 2017, Canada will …

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How do you add impact to your day job? Skills-based volunteering

Skills-based volunteering is quickly becoming a favored way for professionals to use their skills for good and generate positive impact. No longer does the daily grind need to feel so grinding. Participating in skills-based volunteering is a great way to feel good while doing good. Not only that, but it also offers an …

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The recruitment revolution: Why promoting culture matters

The demographic tidal wave we’ve been waiting for has arrived. Millennials now outnumber Boomers in the workplace. That means a company’s next hire is likely a Millennial, and HR is taking notice. There’s a growing focus within recruitment to learn what it takes to grab the attention of a generation …

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Top 5 jobs for the sustainability professional

If last week’s Earth Day got you in the mood to take your professional skills in a more sustainable direction, you’re not alone. Fortunately, gone are the days when you needed an environmental science degree for a job that helps the planet. Sustainable oriented careers can range from consulting to …

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The top 4 ways to make a meaningful job

Whatever happened to the “typical work day”? Almost without exception the socially conscious professionals we interview tell us they don’t have a typical day. Not only that, but they go on to explain how relieved they are to not have a typical day. We think that’s interesting, that meaningful work means …

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