13 episodes

Just imagine the change we could make if the majority of organizations made decisions for people and the planet instead of just for profit.

You can call it whatever you want, social impact, sustainability, philanthropy, but whatever you call it, it’s about designing a better future for our ourselves and our children.

I'm Joel Harrison, and on this show, we dive into the perspective of the very people behind these organizations, the social entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders and change makers. We talk about successes, failures, and advice for people like you looking to make change through your business and work.

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Just imagine the change we could make if the majority of organizations made decisions for people and the planet instead of just for profit.

You can call it whatever you want, social impact, sustainability, philanthropy, but whatever you call it, it’s about designing a better future for our ourselves and our children.

I'm Joel Harrison, and on this show, we dive into the perspective of the very people behind these organizations, the social entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders and change makers. We talk about successes, failures, and advice for people like you looking to make change through your business and work.

    Leading Nonprofits Through Change & Growth: Josh Myers - 012

    Leading Nonprofits Through Change & Growth: Josh Myers - 012

    Josh Myers has wisdom that is far beyond his years as a leader in a nonprofit. As the executive director of the BC Centre for Ability, facilitating programs and assistance to people, young and old, with disabilities, he’s already taken the organization through significant transformations.
    In this episode we discuss Josh’s journey into becoming an executive director (hint: he worked there for 5 years first!), the organization changes they’ve been making in the past year, building leadership teams, being a leader through the tough times, and so much more.
    This episode truly is for all of us in a change-maker and leadership capacity - and Josh shares some very practical ideas on how to perceive your role and humbly come to serve others to get the best out of everyone.

    • 48 min
    Building Teams and Tech to Empower Nonprofits: Nejeed Kassam - 011

    Building Teams and Tech to Empower Nonprofits: Nejeed Kassam - 011

    The work that Nejeed Kassam does is an incredible example of how the nonprofit and for-profit worlds will continue to excel together. As the founder and CEO of Keela, a nonprofit software company based out of Vancouver, he’s using his wealth of knowledge from starting nonprofits, practicing law, and running businesses to create a company with real impact.
    In this episode, we talk about Nejeed’s experiences that led him to create the work that he does. We talk about the role that law plays in making change, the struggles and stresses of starting a tech company, hiring and managing people that align with your company, and the role of capitalism in innovation and philanthropy.

    • 47 min
    Giving Students Money to Invest in Impact: Steve Petterson - 010

    Giving Students Money to Invest in Impact: Steve Petterson - 010

    Steve Petterson jumped straight out of school and dove into impact investing. Not long after, he started his own nonprofit, the National Social Value Fund, to give students the experience and exposure to impact he wishes he had. This conversation (and everything Steve is doing) got me fired up and inspired because I came from a similar situation. I too was introduced to the world of social enterprises from a wonderful teacher who went out of her way to mention it outside of the normal class.
    In this interview, we talk about the inspiration for the program, the experience of going through that beta test in the first year, the incredible impact that it can have on student empowerment, as well as amazing impact. We also talk about why they became a nonprofit, and how their model for impact investing is slightly different than a “traditional” investment fund.

    • 52 min
    Growing Impact with Persephone’s Beer Farm: Brian Smith - 009

    Growing Impact with Persephone’s Beer Farm: Brian Smith - 009

    From community to environmental footprint, Persephone is one of very few breweries that actually farms its own ingredients and is also a B Corporation. I get to interview Brian Smith, founder, and of his many experiences, nonprofits, and for profits, we got to dive into what community involvement really means. We talk about Brian’s tense introduction into activism, the earlier mistakes, and the successful partnerships and community that they’ve been able to build with their farm.

    • 49 min
    Making Adventure Accessible in a Wheelchair: Tanelle Bolt - 008

    Making Adventure Accessible in a Wheelchair: Tanelle Bolt - 008

    Since her accident, Tanelle Bolt's spinal cord injury hasn't slowed her down. She is the founder of RAD Recreation Adapted Society, is an interior designer and accessibility consultant, and is a paraplegic outdoor athlete.

    We talk about her journey, her experiences with the medical system, the lack of support, and the plethora of barriers built into everyday life. We also discuss the various ways she’s working to solve these problems through awareness, consulting, and her nonprofit.

    • 44 min
    Building Ecosystems for Social Enterprises to Thrive: Keith Ippel - 007

    Building Ecosystems for Social Enterprises to Thrive: Keith Ippel - 007

    Keith Ippel is legendary in Vancouver, and he’s going that way globally as well. Keith is the Co-founder and CEO of Spring Activator, a startup accelerator. With a background in startups, advising, investing, education, and ecosystem development (all centred around social impact), he has no shortage of incredible insights. We discuss the state of social entrepreneurship, educating the next generation of entrepreneurs, what makes a successful social enterprise, and building innovation ecosystems.

    • 45 min

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