Vancity’s plans to accelerate impact.

I wrote a blog post for the CU Water Cooler today about the public release of Vancity’s internal Three Year Plan.


Why publish our internal plans? It’s all about transparency and getting the word out about what we’re doing, in the hopes that publishing our plans will be useful to our sister credit unions and co-operatives, as well as values-based banks and organizations focused on marrying their economic performance with environmental and/or social performance.

Check it out, and please comment on the article if you have something to add.

My third post on values-based banking.


In June, I was lucky enough to be Vancity’s representative at a meeting of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values in Copenhagen. I have tried to sum up that experience in three posts on the Credit Union Water Cooler site.

The third and final post was published today. It’s called Citizen Bankers. Please take a look and leave a comment on the site if you have something to add or ask.

My first two posts were From Community-based to Values-based and The Banking Commons.

I’m humbled by my experience in Copenhagen with my Global Alliance colleagues – I am still unwrapping my lessons and the world of possibilities discovered during my time with them – and am very proud of these three posts.

As always, I welcome your thoughts on this final post

Banking on values.

I’m at YVR, waiting for a flight to Copenhagen. I’m going to a meeting of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values, a group of 24 banks, credit unions, microfinance organizations and other financial institutions dedicated to a sustainable banking model. These organizations have a “shared commitment to find global solutions to international problems – and to promote a positive, viable alternative to the current financial system.”
Global Alliance for Banking on Values

We’re meeting in Copenhagen, hosted by Merkur Cooperative Bank, to discuss how to better convey to consumers what a values-based banking model and approach is all about. How do we get people to include thinking about what their money is invested in while it’s parked at the bank as one of their decision factors when choosing a financial institution – in addition to rates, location, brand, etc…

It’ll be an intense few days of meetings and visiting Merkur’s clients who are working to create a more sustainable, equitable society. I’m excited and a little nervous about it. I am looking forward to meeting new colleagues from around the world who share a vision of addressing society’s problems through the tools of banking. And, of course, I’m honoured to be representing Vancity, as always.

I’ll blog while there if I have anything interesting to say, and I’ll also be taking photos on Instagram.