ReImagining Democracy
A Lot Would Open Up If We Quit Over-Reaching

A Lot Would Open Up If We Quit Over-Reaching

November 26, 2020

Eighty-five per cent of what determines our health is how associative we are: Cormac Russell.

In nature, a nest is built by gathering many, many, many, many, small little bits and connecting them productively. Cormac Russell, author of Rekindling Democracy, says that at the heart of matters in our time is nesting.

Why nesting? 

“What’s kind of funny, at the moment, is that whether you are a socialist, a communist, a capitalist, or a neo-liberal, you broadly all agree that institutions are the answer,” he says. 

An institution is a way of organizing to get beyond self-interest and any one person’s capability and contribution. Historically, what has happened is that as we engage with one another stuff emerged that needed doing that simply wasn’t possible through individual capacity or even association. 

Where We Work Is a Place: Marijke Boessenkool

Where We Work Is a Place: Marijke Boessenkool

November 5, 2020

Generative Journalism brings us together where we work.

Humans are not isolated beings. We are somewhere, in a place. We make choices about where to live and those choices bring about a set of conditions that change and shape us, says Kessels and Smit human geographer and organizational journalist, Marijke Boessenkool.

Human geography explores the relationships and connections between people and place. Marijke says people are both changed by and change the place where they choose to live. There are a variety of spaces we can consider ‘places’ including our neighbourhoods, cities, and environment. 

Deeper Democracy the Antidote in Pandemic-Conscious Future

Deeper Democracy the Antidote in Pandemic-Conscious Future

October 28, 2020

Things are not getting worse, they are getting clearer, says Cormac Russell.

Ever since members of the human race have commenced settlements and domesticated animals as a feature of organizing society, issues like COVID-19 have been present. Cormac, author of Rekindling Democracy, says there has been at least a decade-long awareness that we would be contending with pandemics.

The encroachment on the planet has consequences. As we scale up and we cut deeper into the Amazon rainforest, etcetera, there are fallouts for all of us, he says.

“We are in a context and in a time when our awareness one way or the other is forced towards a pandemic-conscious future, the limits of what institutions can do about that, and among other things, an economically grim decade ahead,” he says.

In Rekindling Democracy, Cormac makes the case that, “if you're waiting for the ‘big man' to get his act together so he can come and save you, or do no harm to you, you're going to be disappointed. So, you’d better get organized, you’d better find your power. And you’d better find ways of keeping yourself and other people safe. It's its neighbour-to-neighbour, citizen-to-citizen, where our greatest hope is.”

It’s a Thin Rope We Walk Upon Into the Future

It’s a Thin Rope We Walk Upon Into the Future

October 26, 2020

Story by story we thicken the rope: Mara Spruyt.

The conversations we have, the stories we collect, one by one, thicken the rope we walk on into the future, says Mara Spruyt, organizational journalist with Kessels and Smit.

In Appreciative Inquiry it is often said that change happens one conversation, one story, at a time.

“Let’s not forget that’s how it works,” says Mara.

For Mara, that’s what generative, organizational journalism (GOJO) is about, sharing one story at a time to bring about change in our lives and organizations.

Discovering Generative Organizational Journalism with Derk van der Pol

Discovering Generative Organizational Journalism with Derk van der Pol

October 15, 2020

It is people who start initiatives inside their organizations. They should have a podium to give their stories back into the whole organization so other people can connect to those stories and grow together, says Derk van der Pol, organizational journalist with Kessels and Smit.

This is what Generative Organizational Journalism (GOJO) can do, really reconnect people to the people of an organization and what they, together, want to put into the world.

The Way to a Marketplace Revolution

The Way to a Marketplace Revolution

July 20, 2020

David LePage, managing partner of Buy Social Canada, has just written and released a new book, Marketplace Revolution — from Concentrated Wealth to Community Capital. In this well-timed and pioneering work, David makes it very clear that the pathway to a more egalitarian and healthy society is in plain view. In straightforward and practical terms he shows how the purchasing power community anchor institutions like cities, hospitals, universities, and businesses could create an entirely different kind of economy, one he calls a Social Value Marketplace.

The aim of this Marketplace Revolution is to leverage current economic transactions for social good. David outlines how social procurement could create economic demand for social enterprises. Those enterprises engage in marketplace activities for social aims. Bringing social purchasers together with social-good providers has the potential to reorient our economic system to community building rather than the concentration of wealth. The implications are far reaching. Workplaces providing services in this marketplace as well those purchasing those services would find themselves enlivened by a sense of connection, wholeness, and social purpose. Work would be more whole and egalitarian. Wealth redistribution would begin to occur in natural and healthy ways. Taxpayers would realize better value for their money as tax revenue would be better flowed to intentionally address social possibilities and less into private hands for private use. Of course this marketplace also requires social value finance and investment. David rounds out the ecology by calling on foundations and social financiers to step up their game too, to outdo each other with social goals as their yardstick of success.

In this episode of the Buy Social Canada Social Value Marketplace podcast, I first ask David to reflect on his recent digital book launch. Then we touch on each element of the Social Value Marketplace. And finally, David invites you to events and initiatives if you too would like to join this Marketplace Revolution.

Visit this link to get your copy of Marketplace Revolution — from Concentrated Wealth to Community Capital by David Lepage. 

This podcast is brought to you by Buy Social Canada in collaboration with Axiom News. Learn more about Buy Social Canada through their website, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter

Construction Projects Create Social Value

Construction Projects Create Social Value

June 11, 2020

Martin Loosemore is Professor of Construction Management at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia.

He has published 10 books and over 300 internationally refereed articles in the areas of risk management, innovation, social procurement, social enterprise and corporate social responsibility.  His work has received numerous international awards. He serves on the international advisory committees and editorial boards of many leading internationally refereed journals and conferences.

Martin is the founding partner of a successful social business which specializes in securing work opportunities in the Australian construction and engineering industries for people who face barriers to employment.

In this Buy Social Canada Social Value Marketplace podcast, we explore the power and potential in the intersection of construction and social procurement. Martin has been integral to Connectivity Centres, centres associated with large building projects. These centres bring employment and third sector organizations into collaboration with construction companies to create social value.

Social Procurement is changing the construction industry in some countries by requiring social value creation, including social hiring, to be built into projects. Construction firms and civil society organizations alike have work to do to meet these new demands and opportunities. Relying on his experiences in Australia, Martin describes with great detail what works, what doesn’t, and how to proceed to what’s next.

Learn more about Martin here.

This podcast is brought to you by Buy Social Canada in collaboration with Axiom News. Learn more about Buy Social Canada through their website, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter

Visit this link to get your copy of Marketplace Revolution — from Concentrated Wealth to Community Capital by David Lepage. 

Social Enterprise a Revolutionary Opportunity

Social Enterprise a Revolutionary Opportunity

June 11, 2020

Shaun Loney, author of A Beautiful Bailout, has been deeply engaged in more than 12 successful social enterprises. He has also been a senior civil servant. He has been walking the walk with social entrepreneurs for decades and offers cutting edge insights into an emerging social innovation revolution. Social enterprise and civil society organizations could find themselves in a newly powerful position to change our culture for the better and by far. Could they be at the centre of What’s Next?

In this provocative podcast conversation, Shaun takes aim at Indian Agents, offers kudos to intrepreneurs, calls for non-profits to 'get up from the kid's table,' for foundations to up their game, and for governments to let go and say 'yes' to saving money. 

The latest trends in social procurement, social finance, and social enterprise give life to breakthrough possibilities. They hold the promise of more deeply democratic and ennobling ways of being and working together. As we begin to consider post-pandemic restructuring we will find ways forward spoken of in this conversation.

To learn more about Shaun’s latest book visit www.beautifulbailout.com. To explore supports available to non-profits and social enterprises visit www.encompass.coop.

Chandos Construction a Leader in Social Procurement

Chandos Construction a Leader in Social Procurement

June 10, 2020

Chandos Construction is a 100 percent employee owned, 40-year-old construction firm operating in cities across Canada. It is also a Certified B Corporation and a leader in social hiring and social procurement. Tim Coldwell is president of the company. His story is a compelling one. He is Mohawk and self-identifies as having been a youth at risk.

In this episode of Buy Social Canada’s Social Value Marketplace podcast Tim shares his story of having found a new family in Chandos construction. From there we explore how this remarkable company practices social hiring and social procurement as a matter of course and intention. We discuss how social enterprises, firms like Chandos, municipalities, and the federal government are shaping a Social Value Marketplace that could take root as we look through and beyond COVID19.

You can learn more about Chandos Construction at www.chandos.com.

This podcast is brought to you by Buy Social Canada in collaboration with Axiom News. Learn more about Buy Social Canada through their website, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter

Visit this link to get your copy of Marketplace Revolution — from Concentrated Wealth to Community Capital by David Lepage. 

Finding Purchase for Marketplace Revolution

Finding Purchase for Marketplace Revolution

June 9, 2020

All of government, business, institutions, and non-profit organizations are purchasers. Every purchase they make has economic, environmental, and social value-creation power.

Social procurement leverages their existing purchasing for social value. It is a way to redirect the world’s spending to the social value marketplace and so fuel healthy communities

SAP is the world market leader in enterprise application software. It helps companies of all sizes and in all industries run at their best. 77 per cent of the world’s transaction revenue touches an SAP system. SAP itself flows 24.7 billion euros in annual revenue, conducts business in 140 countries, and employs 101,150 people.

With more than five years of procurement experience and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Stephen Young is well placed as the global lead for SAPs Procurement with Purpose program.

The significance of SAP’s work and platforms to connect the world’s buyers to social-value producers, its partnership with Buy Social Canada and other such networks around the world, becomes apparent as our conversation unfolds.

In this episode of Buy Social Canada’s Social Value Marketplace podcast, Stephen explores an emerging global trend that could redirect existing and untold revenue into a Market Revolution.

Learn more about SAP here.

This podcast is brought to you by Buy Social Canada in collaboration with Axiom News. Learn more about Buy Social Canada through their website, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter

Visit this link to get your copy of Marketplace Revolution — from Concentrated Wealth to Community Capital by David Lepage. 

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