Time to Break Some Rules

Change happens when rules are broken; when an upstart group of people rebel against broken systems and rote habits and try something radically different or  brand spanking new; and when people have the courage, if not the audacity, to throw away failures and seek a better way to frame and reshape, if not reinvent,  howContinue reading “Time to Break Some Rules”

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Reflecting on a Creative Life

Visit my music page. My musical life seems so long ago now. I guess because it is. In the early 1990s I won a song writing contest which allowed me to play a featured stage and two workshops at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. That honor led to other performances on CBC radio, on aContinue reading “Reflecting on a Creative Life”

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Livable Income IN a Livable Economy (Part Two: the Impacts of AI)

I wrote this after I wrote part one which is HERE. Living Wage and Livable Income are not synonymous. The latter includes the former and ensures we are considering those who do not earn wages and rely on pensions and/or government income security programs.  A livable economy is one that benefits society as a whole,Continue reading “Livable Income IN a Livable Economy (Part Two: the Impacts of AI)”

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Living Wage IN a Livable Economy

In Edmonton, approximately 140,000 workers are identified as low income earners (earning below $16.31 per hour), according to the Edmonton Social Planning Council (source, page 79). Four in five of these workers are over the age of 20 and 60% are women. The Canadian Payroll Association’s annual survey of Canadian workers identifies that in anyContinue reading “Living Wage IN a Livable Economy”

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Why do we love bad stories about charities?

A recent headline: “Charity watchdog urges donors to think twice before giving to Calgary Flames Foundation.” Read it here if you haven’t already. The article does not paint the Flames Foundation in a positive light. That said, I am not here to debate if the foundation is a cash hoarder or an expensive charity. IContinue reading “Why do we love bad stories about charities?”

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The Way of Innovation

<repost> The word “innovation” conjures up positive imagery. We see it as something we want to be known for. It’s creative, desirable, inspiring, and we sense that if we can do it, if we can achieve it, we will lift ourselves up above the status quo, not to mention those who are quite comfortable inContinue reading “The Way of Innovation”

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Collective Impact as Uprising

I have written in the past about what I call the pendulum swing or the bandwagon effect. I think this is what has happened with respect to collective impact over the past 10 years. I suggest it also occurred in the late 1980s when outcome measurement rode into town on its stallion named Logic Model.Continue reading “Collective Impact as Uprising”

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My Basketball Coach

I have always been tall and husky.  I was my current height, 6 foot 7 inches, in my freshman year of high school, and I was a basketball player and I was pretty good at that game. Back then a guy my size was automatically assigned the center position.  And that’s where my coach putContinue reading “My Basketball Coach”

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Automobile-Centric Development and Parking Requirements

Cross posted – also available at http://www.edmontoncdc.org Please consider following that blog if you want to keep up to date on my work at the Edmonton Community Development Company. ——– Strong Towns is an American movement that a colleague turned me on to the other day,  and it is not only a provocative movement, itContinue reading “Automobile-Centric Development and Parking Requirements”

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