10 Reasons for Thinking Like a Movement

Every January Vickie Cammack and I host PLAN Institute's Thinking Like a Movement. This year we;ve added Social Innovation Generation as a co-sponsor. It is a time to share insights and perspectives about social and environmental change we've gleaned form … Read More

Flourishing into Life

Karin Melberg Schwier’s new book Flourish creates the right conditions for a little hell to break loose. That’s because it pays attention to the real stuff of life – beauty, love, hospitality, longing, desire, messiness, passion, pleasure, joy, celebration… This … Read More

Vancouver Connects and Engages

            Something is in the air in my home town. Posters on bulletin boards everywhere including my favourite bagel shop. Daily op- ed features in the Vancouver Sun. An ambitious week long 'public square' celebration … Read More

An American Tune

It is peak season for US politics. We non-Americans watch entranced and disgusted by the search for shadows that are bound to lurk in the hearts of Presidential opponents, as they do in each of us. Hubris takes no prisoners … Read More

The British Paralympics – Destination Unknown

Gregor Wolbring is the purest, cheekiest and most prolific commentator I know on issues affecting people with disabilities. Perhaps it's his European origins blended with his Albertan sensibilities as Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary.  He does not … Read More

Five (Plus One) Good Ideas About Social Innovation

The Maytree Foundation runs a marvellous lunch and learn series titled Five Good Ideas. They cover just about everything and are worth having a look at. Fortunately they have released a compilation of their first years called not surprisingly Five … Read More

Speaking Up for the Soul of Civic Life – Cardus

An eloquent champion for civic values, community life and charities has emerged on the Canadian scene.   Cardus (see note below) is a Canadian think tank which draws, "on more than 2000 years of Christian social thought, and works to … Read More

Relying On Each Other- the Abundance of Community

Many of us believe we should not rely on the institutions of government, business and non profits to solve our toughest societal challenges on their own. Who then can we count on? The answer, if you follow John McKnight's work, … Read More

Arthur Wood – A Clauswitzian Interpretation Of Impact Investing

Arthur Wood is the Einstein of social finance. You may not immediately understand everything he says, writes or does but you know he is worth paying attention to. For example, several years ago on a whiteboard in Vancouver he sketched … Read More