Impact Conversations – a podcast2020-02-27T15:06:45-05:00

Impact Conversations is a show about change makers getting things done. Sally Fazal and Lynn Fergusson of Social Impact Advisors talk to NGO leaders, philanthropists, social entrepreneurs and environmental innovators about their goals and how they’re reaching them. Check back for a new episode every second Thursday.

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Decent Work and the New Economy Post-Recovery, with Derek Cook and Kate Siklosi

Derek Cook, leader of the Canadian Poverty Institute also leads a Collective Impact Initiative, the New Economy Roundtable.  He’s joined by Roundtable member Kate Siklosi of the Ian Martin Group (a B Corp), in discussing their focus on increasing the number of people in “decent work” in Ontario, and how this focus is even more important coming through the COVID crisis into both economic and social recovery.   



By |April 16th, 2020|Categories: Leadership, Podcast, Social Innovation|

The pandemic: some sources of information and inspiration, and our thanks.

This is very short episode, given where we are in Canada (and around the world) with the CoVid19 pandemic.   

Good information is really important in an emergency- we have been relying on many of our partners and friends and clients, and our leaders in Canada, for information.   

The following are some of the great sources of information and inspiration we have been relying on:  

By |March 19th, 2020|Categories: Leadership, Podcast|Tags: |

People are Thriving – A Measurable Outcome Focus with Angie Peters, CEO YSM

In this episode, Lynn interviews Angie Peters, President & CEO at the Yonge Street Mission (YSM) in Toronto.

YSM has identified a focus beyond activities, on outcomes – the results the people they work with are striving for.  They have labelled this outcome as “people thriving”, and Angie shares the framework they use, based on research, that identifies the key elements and milestones for each element for a  person to be thriving.

These include elements such as family stability, employment readiness and having a sense of power.  They have taken something nebulous and made it tangible and […]

By |March 6th, 2020|Categories: Evaluation, Podcast, Social Innovation|

Beyond Strategic Planning, Strategy is creating value, with Prof. Brent McKnight

In this episode, Lynn interviews Dr. Brent McKnight, Associate Professor in Strategic Management at McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business.  

Brent characterizes strategy as being about creating value, whether at a for profit (business) or nonprofit organization.

Having recently developed an undergraduate course in organizational strategy, Brent shares some early findings of applying business models, such as Five Forces, to nonprofits in developing their strategy.  

He underscores the importance for nonprofits to think broadly about strategy to create value and make a significant social or environmental impact, and capturing this in a Theory of Change.  This is much different […]

By |February 26th, 2020|Categories: Podcast, Strategy|
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