O Canada and the Mathematics of Change

I just read in the paper Canada is changing its national anthem to make it gender neutral though I prefer “gender inclusive.” Real change means changing our symbols and our icons when necessary to reflect society’s ever changing sensibilities. I imagine there will be some kafuffle about this. Traditionalists will articulate traditionalist stuff, rationalizing whereContinue reading “O Canada and the Mathematics of Change”

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Watch out for the solution bias

Solutions are exciting, especially those you are a part of creating, but even if the ideas behind them were not your own, implementing a new solution is an intellectual turn-on. Sometimes there is even an ego-boost one experiences when part of something on the “cutting edge.” I wonder though if at least some of theContinue reading “Watch out for the solution bias”

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Five Elements of Strategic Resource Development

Posting #1 in a series on Resource Development It’s tough out there for non-profits and social causes when it comes to raising money, especially money for core operations and services. All of the seed grants, innovation grants, or target specific project grants are fine and dandy, but the growth in sustainable funding is not growing,Continue reading “Five Elements of Strategic Resource Development”

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Acceptance

We can’t do it when we are young. We know too little. We have not tasted enough truth. Eventually we can taste everything: the sweet, the bitter, everything in between. One day, Wisdom appears at our door. Small and unsure at first, it speaks nonetheless, each word finding courage from the last. One day weContinue reading “Acceptance”

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Tamarack 2015 Community Impact Summit. Phew!

What a summit it was! 260 people from Canada, the United States, Denmark, Guatemala, Singpore, New Zealand and beyond, working and learning together, inspired by the likes of Al Etmanski (my favorite speaker at the event), Fay Hanleybrown, Stacey Stewart, and Karen Pittman – all of whom gave keynote addresses. Dozens of workshops were led by Paul Born,Continue reading “Tamarack 2015 Community Impact Summit. Phew!”

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Provincial Budget – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Note: you can download a PDF of this posting HERE Some good things To be fair, the Prentice government has taken some significant steps in the right direction and those steps clearly acknowledge that Alberta needs more revenue.As I wrote previously here and in a piece I wrote for the Edmonton Journal,  it seems just a tad offContinue reading “Provincial Budget – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”

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Non-Profits and Lean Thinking

I had a conversation recently with my management team about capacity challenges and capacity building. I did so because it is not uncommon for those in our organization (and those in others as well) to “feel” like they are maxed out in terms of the work and challenges facing them. We work pretty hard atContinue reading “Non-Profits and Lean Thinking”

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A Few Thoughts on the Tamarack CISummit 2014

Five days is a lot of time and content for 300 people to spend and digest. What impresses me consistently about Tamarack is that they bring in excellent speakers who are more than knowledge experts. They also bring passion to their work and they are also here to engage and learn. The best teacher isContinue reading “A Few Thoughts on the Tamarack CISummit 2014”

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Heretical Propositions: Toward Democratic Philanthropy (Part Two)

(CONTINUED…  If you missed Part One in this series, you can find it here.) It is well documented that those countries where the Income Gap between the wealthiest and poorest citizens tend to have a higher degree of crime, incarceration, mental illness, and health problems. Both the United States and Canada have wide gaps betweenContinue reading “Heretical Propositions: Toward Democratic Philanthropy (Part Two)”

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