Tackling Complex Social Problems Through Positive Deviance

Posted by Meaghan Langille

on Apr 29, 2015 10:30:00 AM

"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them"

~ Albert Einstein 


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So how do we solve our most pressing complex social challenges: those really wicked problems that we need to solve to improve human wellbeing? This is the core question that the Positive Deviance approach is seeking to answer. The idea on which Positive Deviance hinges is that social change happens within a community because of the deviants or disruptors who have a bias towards positive and beneficial actions for the community and who have discovered locally appropriate innovations that really work.

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Topics: B Corporations

UPDATE: Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge in Environmental Assessments

Posted by Don Richardson and Scott Mackay

on Apr 27, 2015 12:11:00 PM

Magnetawan First Nation Knowledge Holders work with Shared Value Solutions' Jeremy Shute (left) on a traditional land use and occupancy study

In March, 2015, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency updated its Reference Guide: Considering Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge Conducted Under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012).  We recently produced five very popular posts on "Traditional Knowledge Matters" on the topic of Aboriginal traditional knowledge in environmental assessments, and we're pleased to see that many of our insights on Aboriginal interests are reflected in the new Reference Guide.

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Topics: Traditional Knowledge in Environmental Assessments

$90,000 per Aboriginal Community Energy Plan Project Now Available!

Posted by Leah Culver

on Apr 13, 2015 5:31:00 PM

$90,000 per Aboriginal Community Energy Plan Project Now Available in Ontario!

Nichole Fraser-MacDonald, Jeremy Shute and Leah Culver - Our Aboriginal Community Energy Plan bright lights - call 226-706-8888 or Toll-free - 1-866-293-9042 or Email: info@sharedvaluesolutions.com

[We also provide certification training for "BEAHR" Aboriginal Environmental Monitors and Technicians!]

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Topics: Ontario Climate Action, Sustainability Innovation in Ontario, Aboriginal and Industry Partnerships, Aboriginal Energy Projects

Energy Pioneer's Legacy Injecting Billions into Ontario's Economy

Posted by Don Richardson

on Apr 2, 2015 11:49:00 PM

Who is the Energy Innovator Who Helped Inject $4.2 Billion into Ontario Construction, Putting Many Ontarians to Work While Generating Serious Environmental Issues?

  • His grandfather was a goat herder in Greece.  His father ran a shoeshine and pressing shop in Texas.  
  • Very late in his life he produced an energy innovation that reshaped the North American energy industry
  • His innovation has reshaped global geopolitics and the global economy  
  • He's also responsible for helping inject at least $4 Billion into Ontario Construction in the next few months.


Note: This Post is part of our "Sustainability Innovation for Ontario" and "Unconventional Oil and Gas" series.  We’re strategic environmental assessment practitioners and we're keen on sustainability innovation in Ontario, so we believe in the importance of accurately understanding the impacts of change, harnessing change appropriately, and acknowledging and addressing negative impacts.  We recognize that there are potential positive and negative impacts to the changes in natural gas infrastructure and use across Ontario.  To really “get gas” you need to look closely at the benefits, trade-offs and potential negative impacts. You can keep track of recent developments at our Natural Gas Innovation for Ontario on our LinkedIn Group


Meet George Mitchell

Most people have never heard of George Phydias Paraskevopoulos - better known as George Mitchell, the Greek-American businessman, real estate developer and philanthropist from Texas.  Certainly, most people in Ontario have never heard of him, but everyday he touches our lives.

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Topics: Unconventional Oil and Gas, Sustainability Innovation in Ontario