Why do we love bad stories about charities?

A recent headline: “Charity watchdog urges donors to think twice before giving to Calgary Flames Foundation.” Read it here if you haven’t already. The article does not paint the Flames Foundation in a positive light. That said, I am not here to debate if the foundation is a cash hoarder or an expensive charity. IContinue reading “Why do we love bad stories about charities?”

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Journey Maps

Journey maps are used often in the private sector to map out a customer’s experience of a product or service. It identifies customer needs and wants, motivations, and interactions with the product or service from beginning or end. In terms of a journey map for you collaborative or collective impact initiative, here are some ofContinue reading “Journey Maps”

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Trends Leaders Cannot Ignore

In September I am doing six workshops at Tamarack’s Community Change Institute. One of the workshops is: Ten Trends Leaders Cannot Ignore. I am gathering data right now, investigating trends identified by others; there are so many trends we have to pay attention to that I am not yet certain of the ten I will showcase.Continue reading “Trends Leaders Cannot Ignore”

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Edmonton Moves Forward with its Roadmap to End Poverty in a Generation

Mayor Don Iveson’s Taskforce to End Poverty in a Generation had its final meeting on May 30, 2016. Actually the meeting was really a celebratory gathering, a time to acknowledge the work and leadership of so many. In particular we celebrated the publication of End Poverty Edmonton’s Roadmap to Guide Our Journey which is basedContinue reading “Edmonton Moves Forward with its Roadmap to End Poverty in a Generation”

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Let’s Take a Break from Doing Good

Preface Earlier this June I had the delightful experience of being a part of a workshop at Tamarack’s Deepening Community gathering in Edmonton. The workshop was with Al Etmanski and Vickie Cammack. Al called our session a “beauty jam” and both Al and Vicki wanted an “artist” to be a part of the jam. IContinue reading “Let’s Take a Break from Doing Good”

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Was that you I saw standing on the edge?

I was the Lumber Jack size of a man with his toes on the precipice just a stone’s throw away from you.  My toes were nearly hanging over, which meant my belly extended even further over the edge. The other side – that place beyond the chasm where I wanted to be – wasn’t allContinue reading “Was that you I saw standing on the edge?”

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My Purpose as a Writer

I believe life tastes better when you stir the pot. I write commentary and speak about big change and why it doesn’t happen and how it might. Transformation-talk is a dime a dozen, but actually becoming the butterfly — that’s quite another matter, isn’t it? Change happens whether we act or not. I prefer acting onContinue reading “My Purpose as a Writer”

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Let’s lock up the homeless, you know, for their own good

When I think of a “wellness” centre, I imagine a place where one might be able to exercise, see a nutritionist, take a course on personal development, learn more about parenting, or see a counselor. Some of you might imagine a wellness centre as something akin to a health spa where you can spend anContinue reading “Let’s lock up the homeless, you know, for their own good”

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How We Keep the Poor Living in Poverty

It’s not that we do so on purpose. Our intentions are good, but how we go about trying to help the poor often ends up keeping them poor. Even when we come up with “good” solutions, often we only go part way. And sometimes what society offers the poor seems more punitive than helpful. IncomeContinue reading “How We Keep the Poor Living in Poverty”

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