Bold thinking on systems change in Canada, with Bill Young

In this episode of Impact Conversations, Bill Young, the founder of Social Capital Partners, joins Lynn to talk about creating impact in systems. Bill’s extensive business experience and social enterprise successes have given him some important insights about learning through experimentation, pivoting as ideas and opportunities present themselves, and trusting in management teams and their [...]

Strategic Planning for Impact

Often, organizations approach their strategic planning by asking their stakeholders for ideas about what the organization should focus on next, without thinking about the overall impact the organization hopes to have. Stakeholders often have great ideas about what is working well and what can be improved (the classic SWOT analysis) and employees and board members [...]

Workshop – Thinking Ahead: Making the Most of Your Strategic Planning Process

A day long training workshop with Lynn Fergusson, hosted by the Sustainability Network. We'll provide an overview of strategic planning and our approach to tying it to impact in a concrete, actionable and inspiring way. We’ll provide examples, then share tools and give you a chance to get your feet wet. You’ll get feedback from coaches [...]

By |2019-10-03T10:17:48-04:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Events, Impact Clarity, News, Strategy|0 Comments

Clarifying your organization’s impact, with PolicyWise

In this episode, Lynn talks to members of the impact team at PolicyWise – a partnership between Alberta's universities, the community, and the government of Alberta – Cathie Scott, Chief Knowledge and Policy Officer; Jo-Louise Huq Organizational Innovation and Change Scientist, and Courtney Lundy, Business and Grants Manager.  Hear about their journey to [...]

By |2019-09-19T14:08:38-04:00September 19th, 2019|Categories: Impact Clarity, Podcast, Strategy|0 Comments

Impact for Whom? Defining Beneficiaries

One of the most important considerations in building strategy for impact is establishing who your beneficiaries are. You want to be clear about for whom you are intentionally doing this work. This shows up at the very beginning of strategy building, in defining your Intended Impact Statement, which states the result we intend to be [...]

Point of Accountability

Is your organization aligned on its Point of Accountability? Recently we heard a funder’s excitement about the clear purpose, and conviction to achieve it, that a grantee had gained after working with us. In fact, the funder wanted that same clarity for themselves. It reminded us that clarity of purpose and accountability is a rare [...]

Bringing Strategy to Life, with Shelley Zuckerman

Sally interviews Shelley Zuckerman of the North York Community House, an organization that supports its community members to settle, thrive and lead. They discuss the process of defining NYCH's intended impact and aligning the organization to its impact in the broader community. Shelley also tells us about NYCH's continuous effort to measure its [...]

By |2019-05-28T21:27:55-04:00November 29th, 2018|Categories: Impact Clarity, Podcast, Strategy|0 Comments

Podcast: Impact Strategy, with Robin Cory

Sally interviews Robin Cory, of Colbeck Strategic Advisors. They talk about how organizations which focus on their impact, and align their financial resources and organizational capabilities to it, can build strong strategy that achieves results. Robin and Sally talk about how to decide what not to do and why that is often difficult in the [...]

By |2019-05-28T20:20:54-04:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: Measurement, Podcast, Strategy|0 Comments

Doing Strategy Well

Innoweave is running a free series of workshops across Canada this fall. The link is for the Toronto and York region event on October 2, but please check here for events across the country.   Impact Accelerators get leaders thinking about the impact their organizations are making in the world and unpack processes and tools to [...]

By |2018-11-01T16:10:16-04:00September 18th, 2017|Categories: Impact Clarity, Leadership, News, Strategy, Value of Coaching|0 Comments

Thinking Ahead: Making the Most of Your Strategic Planning Process

A day long training workshop with Sally Fazal and Lynn Fergusson of Social Impact Advisors (www.socialimpactadvisors.ca), an organization which works with not-for-profit organizations, foundations and companies to define and focus on the social impact they aim to achieve, and develop the strategies and actions to make it happen. The goal for the day will be [...]

By |2019-10-03T10:12:33-04:00May 23rd, 2017|Categories: Events, Impact Clarity, Strategy|0 Comments