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 where … Continue reading O Canada and the Mathematics of Change

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 the … Continue reading Watch out for the solution bias

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

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 we … Continue reading Acceptance

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!

Louie and Bruno

I was in a board meeting in the Operation Friendship drop in centre. I was positioned so I could see out of the windows into the courtyard. During the meeting I noticed Louie walking slowly toward the rooming house door. Louie was a short, slender man, about 65 years of age. I turned my attention … Continue reading Louie and Bruno