Prototyping Innovation

Having an innovative idea is not the same thing as doing innovation. Obviously we need the idea, but the measure of innovation is on the “product” of the idea. Doing innovation is the rally cry. And like most things, winging it only gets you so far. The terminology is somewhat new to the community sectorContinue reading “Prototyping Innovation”

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Reflecting on Tamarack’s 2013 Communities Collaborating Institute

How does one feel exhausted and energized at the same time? Well, attend a Tamarack CCI and you will understand that sentiment! Accelerating Impact was this year’s theme and rally cry, and it prompted some excellent conversation at the Learning Pod I facilitated. When asked what accelerating impact meant to him, one of our podContinue reading “Reflecting on Tamarack’s 2013 Communities Collaborating Institute”

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Drivers of Collaboration

This is reprinted from a recent newsletter. If you want to see back issues or sign up go here. In a previous posting I wrote featured an essay called, “On Collaboration” and promised at the end of it a follow up with the Drivers of Collaboration. Promise kept, though a little later than I hadContinue reading “Drivers of Collaboration”

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Leadership in Complex Times

Announcing the Release of Leadership in Complex Times: Must-Have Leadership Qualities and Abilities Introduction I have been working on this long essay for a year now on and off, and while I am never quite sure if I am done, I figure it is well enough along the way to share by now. I hopeContinue reading “Leadership in Complex Times”

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Elements of Innovation

Passion Innovation is rooted in our passion to solve a problem, fix what is not fixed, do something better or faster. That desire’s tools are the questions we ask, the analysis we undertake, and the imagination we bring to the table. For an organization to “be” innovative, it must foster a culture and a climateContinue reading “Elements of Innovation”

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Thinking about How I Think

A prospective client asked me to come talk with a few board members about how I think about transformative change and how I might help their organization work through some significant short-term and long-term challenges and aspirations. There was a time – when I was oh so young — when I might have gone andContinue reading “Thinking about How I Think”

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Imagine Canada Update: A Framework for Action

Earlier this year I attended a dialogue session facilitated by Imagine Canada here in Edmonton. It was the first stop on a pan-Canadian effort by Imagine Canada to have dialogue about drivers of change in the nonprofit sector with an eye on identifying proposed actions to ensure Canada has a strong, vibrant non profit sectorContinue reading “Imagine Canada Update: A Framework for Action”

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Thoughts about the Imagine Canada Forum

Got home a bit ago after taking in the Imagine Canada Forum here in Edmonton. I estimate 80, maybe a hundred folks attended, so a pretty good turnout. This was the first of the provincial forums Imagine Canada will be doing over the next several months. I extend KUDOS to the organization for embarking onContinue reading “Thoughts about the Imagine Canada Forum”

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Collaboration: convergence to create new value

Do a Google search on “collaboration” and the majority of hits you generate will actually be about collaboration tools or software, not the activity of collaboration. This is similar to the concept of customer relationship management. Search for that phrase and you end up with a litany of CRM software tools.  I would not suggestContinue reading “Collaboration: convergence to create new value”

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Current Issue of The Philanthropist

Here are the current offerings from this important journal, featuring articles by Edmontonians Martin Garber-Conrad (Edmonton Community Foundation) and Bob Wyatt (Muttart Foundation) as well other excellent food for thought pieces.  Visit and bookmark http://www.thephilanthropist.ca and check out their past issues. Articles Overview from Canada: Modernising Charity Law Abstract PDF Bob Wyatt   “Oil and WaterContinue reading “Current Issue of The Philanthropist”

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