Category Archives: Change Makers

Our People – Joel Solomon

Joel Solomon, Hollyhock Board Chair, was recently featured in Blue & Green Tomorrow, a UK-based news site that focuses on businesses that balance the needs of the planet, its people and prosperity.

‘We need investment that prioritises long-term wellbeing for people and planet’
Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 By Blue & Green Tomorrow

Samuel Johnson once said, “When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” So how would the threat of death affect your outlook on life? For Joel Solomon, president of Renewal Partners, it spurred him on to use his business and investment nous to help create a better future for generations to come.

A number of family members, including his father, had died of polycystic kidney disease – where cysts form in the kidneys, causing them to become enlarged. And when he himself was diagnosed with the condition in his early 20s, doctors said he could die very soon – or he could live a long life.

Read the full article, here.

Our People: Joel Solomon TedX Talk

Hollyhock Board Chair Joel Solomon recently gave this TedX Talk in Vancouver – A Journey of Mortality, Renewal & Ethical Investment. Joel’s life work is in activating money and business into pragmatic models for long term balance of ecology and society. Renewal Partners, Renewal2, RSF Social Finance, Vancity and Tides Canada are important financial change agents where Joel plays key roles.

 

Hollyhock has given me clarity of life purpose, my wife Dana, and my new kidney, from co-founder Shivon. What will Hollyhock give you?

Joel is a co-convenor of two Leadership Institute Conferences at Hollyhock- 
Social Change Institute, June 5 – 9
Social Venture Institute, September 18 – 22

Our People ~ Jill Earthy

“My experience with Hollyhock programs consistently equates to meaningful connections and intense learning through the power of collaboration and community.  Amazing!” – Jill

Jill Earthy, an SVI alumni who plans on attending SVI Women in Vancouver is one of the many inspiring changemakers supported by the Hollyhock Scholarship Fund. She is the BC Director of The Canadian Youth Business Foundation, an organization that champions youth entrepreneurship in Canada and around the world.

 

SUPPORT YOUR FAVOURITE CHANGEMAKER this month.
Contact danielle@hollyhock.ca for more details.

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via Business In Vancouver

Life Lessons: Jill Earthy
by Emma Crawford

Jill Earthy discovered long ago that engaging different perspectives can be a fundamental part of decision-making, and she has since surrounded herself with a strong network she can turn to when she needs to reach out.

But the regional director in charge of B.C. and the Yukon for the Canadian Youth Business Foundation recently realized that getting different opinions is not the only reason it’s helpful to consult with others.

Until this past spring, Earthy was working as the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs’ executive director. She decided it was time for a change and started considering her different options, which included starting her own business – something she had done successfully twice before.

“There was one point in my decision-making where I was pursuing a few different things, and I thought I had made a decision one way,” she recalled. “It was somebody’s perspective of my physical reaction that made me rethink that.”

Earthy said that as she was discussing her options with others in her support network, more than one person identified a distinct difference in how she spoke about each one.

“I had it happen two or three times, where someone would say ‘When you were talking about this one opportunity, your face lit up. When you were talking about the other, you looked pained.’”

Earthy, a past Business in Vancouver Forty under 40 award winner, added that the difference in how she reacted to the various options was apparent to others but not to her.

“It’s amazing how you give off certain signals that you don’t realize. I found that was quite eye-opening for me.”

Earthy said that new body-language information helped her decide to take the position at the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, which was not the choice she had originally been leaning toward.

She said she’s now paying closer attention to the body language of others and is more aware of visual cues that others give off – which works well in her new position working with young entrepreneurs.

“I think sometimes we convince ourselves that one way is the right answer, and sometimes it’s for the wrong reasons.”

Harmony and Kinobe Launch New Project

via harmonyfdn.ca

Collaboration for Children of the Earth

Kinobe and Harmony have come together to launch an exciting new project consisting of a CD, an international tour and an education campaign, with the purpose to increase awareness about issues of environment, poverty and social development, and raise funds for children’s education and sustainable community projects in developing countries. Harmony is proud to announce that Kinobe has been appointed aHarmony Foundation World Ambassador.

For many people today, life is a struggle with grinding poverty, hunger and unhealthy environments. And yet, we have the means to ensure that every man, woman and child lives free of hunger and discrimination, in healthy and prosperous communities where they have the opportunity to reach their full potential. With compassion, creativity and foresight we can make it happen.

 Harmony is widely recognized for leadership and innovation on environment and development issues, helping governments, schools, business, youth and local residents to work together to create healthier, more prosperous communities. Programs have been implemented in 36 countries, most notably Canada, Mexico, Brazil, the Middle East and China. Major awards include the prestigious UN Global 500 Award and Ethics in Action. (www.harmonyfdn.ca)

Kinobe is a gifted young Ugandan multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer known around the world for his inspired synthesis of African roots and global fusion. The opportunity to perform with renowned African musicians and his exposure to the bright palette of musical cultures has shaped him as a lifelong lover and purveyor of African musical traditions and a unique contributor to world music. Kinobe’s work with Harmony is an expression of his commitment to bringing love and joy to people through his music and contributing to building a better future for children and their families everywhere. (www.kinobemusic.com)

The Bateman Foundation is a Canadian charity dedicated to education and public service based on the philosophies and legacy of renowned artist and naturalist Robert Bateman. The Foundation’s purpose is to support education programs to promote lifelong engagement with nature, with special emphasis on programs for leaders and policy-makers, youth, families and First Nations. Robert Bateman has earned great respect and admiration around the world for his art, his philanthropy and his contributions to nature conservation. We are honoured to have The Bateman Foundation involved in this project. (www.batemancentre.org)

The goal of the Kinobe-Harmony collaboration is to inspire people from all walks of life to take part in creating a healthier world, now and in the future, for everyone.

Read more about the Kinobe-Harmony Collaboration here.