The Economy is Not Working for the Majority

“The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.”― Jane Addams You can download this posting by clicking HERE. As you may know, I sit on the Mayor of Edmonton's Task Force to End Poverty. Because of that honour I am … Continue reading The Economy is Not Working for the Majority

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)

Heretical Propositions: Toward Democratic Philanthropy (Part One)

 This is the first installment of a series from a long essay I am writing about philanthropy or more specifically about the need for a major, if not radical shift, toward democratic philanthropy. The essay will be included in a book of exposition and criticism I am writing, currently entitled "Heretical Propositions." Money can mean a lot of things … Continue reading Heretical Propositions: Toward Democratic Philanthropy (Part One)

Together, Differently

I sit on the Mayor of Edmonton’s Task Force to End Poverty. It’s a diverse group including the expected mix of leaders from government, business, education and community services. At a recent gathering we were working together to increase common understanding about poverty as well as to move forward with identifying strategies. In this session … Continue reading Together, Differently

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

Homeless-Proofing the Streets

Do you know what these photographs are of? The photo above are of a spiked surface of the underbelly of a highway overpass. Apparently homeless people sleep under the overpass is too unsightly. Better they go somewhere else. How about they go sleep on a bench somewhere? It appears the non-homeless have been on that … Continue reading Homeless-Proofing the Streets

WHY NOT FREE PUBLIC TRANSIT? (Updated)

Update Introduction: This is the first time in my long career in the non profit sector that I actually believe a Task Force will make a big difference. I am talking about the Mayor of Edmonton's Task Force to Eliminate Poverty. Because of Mayor Iveson's consistent leadership and voice on this matter and because of … Continue reading WHY NOT FREE PUBLIC TRANSIT? (Updated)