Here are some links you may find helpful as you begin (or continue) your journey to change the world, one act at a time.
ACTIONS + PLEDGES
Sustainability guru Bob Willard’s site offers tons of tips and tools that are easy to incorporate into daily living.
This is a great resource for businesses interested in developing CSR strategies.
For companies keen on creating a positive footprint, this consultancy has some great offerings, including certification.
B-Corp is a U.S. organization that certifies companies committed to using their businesses to make a better world.
The United Nations Global Compact is for businesses wanting to align their operations and strategies with the principles of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
Slow Money brings people together around a shared vision about what it means to be an investor in the 21st Century.
This site provides ideas for how to change what you know — and how you think — about hunger problems in our communities.
You can catalyze social innovation in Toronto (and around the world) here.
If you’re looking for easy ideas to live a healthy, green lifestyle, and want to impact the causes you care about most, bookmark this site.
Want to creatively transform your community? Check out City Repair, an organized group action that educates and inspires communities and individuals to do just that.
The online community at this site brings stakeholder groups together to build local living economies.
Here you’ll find collective leadership ideas on city issues from the Toronto revitalization organization formerly known as the City Summit Alliance.
This is a cool resource for people wanting to create and sustain public spaces.
VoteSocial.ca is a citizen initiative to encourage Canadians to vote and to protect the values of cooperation and democracy
Avaaz is a global web movement that brings people-powered politics to decision-making everywhere.
This youth-led advocacy organization helps Canadians of all generations participate in their democracy.
MoveOn offers a way for busy but concerned U.S. citizens to find their political voice in a system often dominated by bigger players.
This site is all about solving the climate crisis with online tools that facilitate strategic offline action.
Canadians can use this link to find easy and practical renewable energy solutions for their homes, businesses, and transportation needs.
Java Joes can click here to find the best ways to eliminate paper cup consumption and help bring these ideas to life.
This site rates the world’s largest companies on their climate impact, spurring corporate climate responsibility and conscious consumption.
Here, inspiration abounds for Canadians interested in creating and sustaining dynamic outdoor spaces—in schools, communities and homes.
This site fosters connections between the generations to accelerate the transformation to a clean energy future.
Want to dispose of digital equipment in an eco-friendly manner? Check out this site that offers Canadian enterprises smart solutions, while donating cash and new technology to charity.
The best carbon footprint calculator for home and business is right here.
FOOD + HEALTH
This online community is dedicated to building a sustainable food system that protects our natural environment, sustains farmers and nourishes families
For a deeper understanding about sustainable seafood, bookmark this link.
Join this page on Facebook and Campbell’s will donate a can of Nourish Soup to foodbanks in Canada.
A site that lets you track the farm your produce came from
Interested in a walkable lifestyle? Be inspired at this site that evaluates the walkability of many U.S. cities.
Here, the practical and human elements of global social innovation are brought to the fore through the filter of ‘Who’s solving what and how?’
This organization encourages people to pledge against giving or receiving bribes in an attempt to end corruption in India. Watch its film, The Zero Rupee Note for inspiration.
As a non-profit organization, this site is dedicated to identifying, connecting, and supporting grassroots digital activists from around the world.
This site is a campaign launch pad to shift humanity’s course toward a just and sustainable future by the end of 2014.
Here you’ll find an invitation to be a global storyteller: Make a short film that Inspires. Moves. Gives the world something to believe in.
This nonprofit media organization is dedicated to solutions-based journalism about the planetary future.
At GOOD, an integrated media platform for people who want to live well and do good, you’ll find content, experiences, and utilities to make that happen.
This site encourages people to understand the planet as our common home.
Promoting the global movement of people and organizations working toward social justice, indigenous rights, and environmental stewardship is what this site supports.
The global online community that resides here can help you connect, learn and share with other social entrepreneurs.
This site is for empowering activists, promoting charities and recruiting volunteers in the global community.
Here you’ll find a movement that provides youth with access to global opportunities, cross-cultural connections and meaningful participation in decision-making.
Buy gifts online, such as bike for a midwife in a developing country, and the gift goes directly to someone in need.
This link can help you find healthy, green and ethical products based on scientific research.
You’ll find a plethora of unique products at this multi-seller marketplace for socially and environmentally responsible shopping.
Project Label crowd-sources data on company behaviour and then organizes it to allow you to support companies doing good things.
Want to support companies with a conscious? Check out this site that lists businesses that donate 1% of sales to environmental organizations.
Ever wonder how transparent or green your favourite brands are? Check them here.
This is an online marketplace that lets you list what you have and swap for thethings you want across many categories.
Earth-friendly products for home and personal care, plus tips and coupons.
At this site, Torontonians will find shopping rebates, advice and tips on how to green your life.
Check out the ‘good-ometer’ here. Just by liking it you get 10 points. Personalize your volunteer profile get 10 more. It’s addictive in a good and fun way.
Philanthropy 2.0 — that’s what you’ll find at this site that creates fun and innovative fund-raising and volunteering ideas.
Global volunteer opportunities come to life here, thanks to a network that includes more than 250 HandsOn Action Centers in 16 countries.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters offer thoughtful and simple ways to help children.
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Studies show we’re lousy at recycling our bathroom stuff, even though most is green-friendly. Why? No blue box within reach. The fix: Downsize your regular trashcan and use the extra room for a blue bin.