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 off … Continue reading Provincial Budget – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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 at … Continue reading Non-Profits and Lean Thinking

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 is … Continue reading A Few Thoughts on the Tamarack CISummit 2014

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 between … Continue reading Heretical Propositions: Toward Democratic Philanthropy (Part Two)

Expanding our Thinking about Poverty

For the majority of us, the experience of poverty is unimaginable. We intuit it must be difficult; we can read the reports of its impact and have some understanding, but in the end, we do not know poverty to the degree and depth those who live with it do. That said, think about the decisions … Continue reading Expanding our Thinking about Poverty

Questions We Must Answer to End Poverty

Over my career in the human services sector, I have been a part of many collaborative and cross-sector efforts that were formed to address a critical social problem. In most cases, if not all, the social problem being addressed was interwoven with economics. So, the problem was more accurately a socio-economic problem. As well every … Continue reading Questions We Must Answer to End Poverty