Sam Sullivan – What Am I Skating Towards? A New Wave of Urban Reform

This is Sam Sullivan's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? A New Wave of Urban Reform My study of the history of Canadian cities leads me to conclude that we are ready for a new wave of … Read More

John Stapleton – What Am I Skating Towards? Addressing Public Scarcity and Private Wealth

This is John Stapleton's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? I want to conduct ‘thought experiments’ concerning where Canada is heading as a nation as we race to create greater inequality through increased public scarcity and private … Read More

Delyse Sylvester – What Am I Skating Towards? Investing in Collaboration

This is Delyse Sylvester's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? A more fully invested collaborator We were very lucky to live our two daughters’ “success by six” years at a housing coop in Vancouver’s Commercial Drive neighbourhood. … Read More

John McKnight – What Am I Skating Towards? Cooperation

This is John McKnight's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? Cooperation is the context for each of us to value doing well for ourselves and others. I have always believed that competition is the thin ice of … Read More

Peter Deitz- What Am I Skating Towards? Microphilanthropy

This is Peter Deitz's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? "What are you skating toward?" is a Canadian remix of the classic Siddharthian question, "Whither will my path yet lead me?" I recall coming across this question … Read More

Adam Kahane – What Am I Skating Towards? Learning to Work Together

This is Adam Kahane's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? We Need to Learn How To Work Together We face a widening gap between our need to work together and our ability to do so. Our societies … Read More

Kathy Bromley – What Am I Skating Towards? A Big Black Unknown

This is Kathy Bromley's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? As Shannon approaches her final semester of high school I find myself reflecting on how things have changed since Rob and I first introduced her to the … Read More

Paul Born – What Am I Skating Towards?

NOTE – On Thursday January 26th (noon EST/9:00am PST) Paul Born and I will offer a free tele-learning seminar on Innovating Together.  More details below This is Paul Born's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? When the … Read More

Colleen McCormick: What Am I Skating Towards? The New Public Servant

Here is Colleen McCormick's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? The New Public Servant I am skating towards unleashing the power of government's greatest asset – the intrapreneur. The economic meltdown has crippled governments already challenged by … Read More

Jack Pearpoint – What Am I Skating Towards? Stories of the Remarkable and Ordinary

Here is Jack Pearpoint's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? Local stories – Local people – Remarkably Ordinary I am a prairie boy where skating on frozen creeks and homemade rinks was a way of life. There … Read More

Maggie Vilvang and Richard Faucher – What We Are Skating Towards.

This is Richard and Maggie's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? What are we skating toward?  The net, always the net!  Sometimes on a breakaway, sometimes receiving a pass, sometimes offering an assist, but always, we are … Read More

Mark Anielski – What Am I Skating Towards? Happiness Inc.

Here is Mark Anielski's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? In 2012 a group of 10 inspired professionals are forming the first collaborative profit-sharing corporation in Canada called Happiness Inc. Our mission is to help individuals, households, … Read More

Allyson Hewitt – What Am I Skating Towards? Ambiguity and Vulnerability

Here is Allyson Hewitt's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? Hope, Opportunity Ambiguity and Vulnerability I’m skating towards hope, opportunity, and the embracing of ambiguity and vulnerability.  And I’d like to share with you a quote and … Read More

Peter Block – What Am I Skating Towards? Unoccupied Space

This is Peter Block's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? Unoccupied Space I am always attracted to unoccupied space. Realms where the dominant culture has not advanced its patriarchal or empire narrative. The fresher areas that have … Read More

Donna Thomson – What Am I Skating Towards? Defense

This is Donna Thomson's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? Defense Frankly, I have no idea what I'm skating towards. I am careening and I can’t quite see where the winds of change are taking me. Within … Read More

Marcel Lauzière – What Am I Skating Towards? Talking to Canadians

This is Marcel Lauzière's response to the question, What are you skating towards in 2012?                                              Talking to Canadians Coming out of the National Summit for the Charitable and Nonprofit Sector in December, a number of key priorities will be worked … Read More

Cairine MacDonald – What Am I Skating Towards? The Unexpected

This is Cairine MacDonald's response to the question, What are you skating towards in 2012? The Unexpected In a tribute to times past, skaters are gliding down canals on old-fashioned wooden skates. These skates are practical, efficient and allow you … Read More

Mark Kingwell – What Am I Skating Towards? Democracy and Empathy

Here is Mark Kingwell's response to the question, What are you skating towards in 2012? The Relationship Between Democracy and Empathy I can't skate very well, at least by Canadian standards, so I think I'm more groping and staggering towards … Read More

Shari Graydon – What Am I Skating Towards? Voice and Agency

This is Shari Graydon's answer to What Are You Skating Towards? The Intersection of Voice and Agency As a young child, Sharon Carstairs was sexually abused by a family friend who effectively silenced her by insisting that no one would … Read More

Stephen Owen – What Am I Skating Towards? Responsibility to Protect

Here is Stephen Owen's response to, What Are you Skating Towards in 2012? Responsibility to Protect (R2P) The International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty, sponsored by Canada, published “The Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) in 2001, which became part of … Read More

Patrick O’Neill – What Am I Skating Towards? Fast Ice

Fast Ice “Do you know that disease and death must needs overtake us, no matter what we are doing? …What do you wish to be doing when it overtakes you? …If you have anything better to be doing when you … Read More

Molly Harrington – What Am I Skating Towards? Today’s Youth

Molly Harrington is Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy and Research Division, British Columbia Ministry of Social Development.  She is also co-chair of the Advisory Council on Social Entrepreneurship. This is her response to the question, What are you skating towards in … Read More

What Are You Skating Towards in 2012?

Quid Tum – What next? is a declaration of our faith in the future, in the power of human ingenuity. It encompasses passion, curiosity, exploration, truth seeking. As readers will know, this blog is about the power of creativity and … Read More

What Will You be Reading for the Holidays?

Each year David Mitchell President of Public Policy Forum asks a number of Canadians what they will be reading over the holidays.  This year the results were published in the Books section of the Globe and Mail (Saturday December 17). … Read More

Vancouver seeks TED prize

"The physical design of cities and their economic functions are secondary to their relationship to the natural environment and to the spiritual values of human community." Lewis Mumford Half the world's population of 7 billion live in cities.  Another 2 … Read More

Natural Care Webinar

The capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest meaning and significance. Pablo Casals The slide-deck for my webinar, Natural Care – It’s In our Nature, is now available on line. I offer some definitions. Natural freely given … Read More

Donald MacPherson – Swerving Around the War on Drugs

I liken Donald MacPherson to Thomas Clarkson the original community organizer.  Clarkson was the unassuming, tireless workhorse behind the successful 18th century campaign to end the British slave trade.  Donald is the legendary community organizer behind the 4 Pillars Drug … Read More

33 Revolutions Per Minute – A Nod to John Lennon

Pop music helps resist oppression.  Change, protest and movements are usually accompanied by songtracks. We Shall Overcome was introduced to Martin Luther King by Pete Seeger and it became an anthem for those resisting racist oppression in the 60's.  I … Read More

Taking Care – It’s In Our Nature

Natural care is heart work, accompanied by joy, grace, and tenderness.  It can also be messy, unyielding and decidedly unglamorous.  And it is playing teeter totter with an elephant. Natural care is the topic of a webinar I will be … Read More

BC’s Advisory Council on Social Entrepreneurship Releases Interim Report

Together: Respecting the Future is now on-line. http://socialinnovationbc.ca/ You can access and comment on the draft report using Google Docs. To download a full copy of the Draft Recommendations click here. This draft report represents the current thinking of members … Read More

Imagine Canada – Standing Still, Leaping Boldly

I've always been partial to imagination as opposed to dreams.  Imagination has an element of intentionality, of agency. Dreams start too far back in the unconscious for me. Bold leaps of imagination inspire bold actions. This sense of purpose and … Read More

Caledon’s Tribute to Tom Kent

I became aware of Tom Kent a seminal figure in the development of Canadian social policy just after I moved to Halifax in the 1970's.  At the time he chaired the Cape Breton Development Corporation establishing the model of regional … Read More

Pre-Occupy Post-Occupy

"Democratic governance must evolve rapidly if it is to guide us through our social and environmental challenges. We require a deeper, more integrated form of democracy."  John Richardson Founder Party 'X' The lingering memory of a recent Paul Hawken speech … Read More

Linda Perry’s Big Picture is Priceless

Linda Perry’s feet are planted as solidly on this earth as anyone I know.  This means she can simultaneously keep her ear to the ground while at the same time keeping her eyes on the big picture.  These two vantage … Read More

BC Innovation Summit to be Broadcast Live

On November 25, 500 social innovators will gather at Vancouver's new Convention Centre for BC's first Non-Profit Partnership Summit: Collective Impact through Social Innovation. The event, hosted by the BC Government, has been designed to stimulate conversation among business, labour, … Read More

Implementing Shannen’s Dream: Inspiring Approaches through Changemakers

15 year old Shannen Koostachin of Attawapiskat First Nation in Ontario had a dream – to go to a real school.  A school that was safe and comfy, offering culturally based education for herself and her classmates.  She led a … Read More

War Horse – They Shot Horses Too

War Horse  is the best play I've ever seen – meaningful, disturbing, and persistent.   Others agree.  In December 2010, War Horse was dubbed "the theatrical event of the decade" by The Times  and it welcomed its millionth visitor at its … Read More

The Solution to Misplaced Humility

Another creative piece from the talented author, commentator and founder of Informed Opinions – Shari Graydon.  

Survival of the Kindest

Charles Darwin believed that kindness, sympathy, empathy,and compassion for all life both human and non human was the highest moral achievement. "Looking at humans, as a naturalist would at any other mamiferous animal, it may be concluded that they have … Read More

Social Gold: Ted Jackson’s Financing Strategies for Non-Profits in a Turbulent World

Ted Jackson, community organizer, fellow Frontier College alumni and Professor at Carleton University presented the following speech at the 52nd annual meeting of the Quinte West Association for Community Living.  A comprehensive analysis and call to action relevant for all … Read More

Happy Birthday John McKnight

It’s early September and I really should be downstairs at work.   But the morning sun has attracted a golden finch to the railing.  And juice from an Okanagan freestone peach is sticking to my bearded chin. John McKnight in autumn … Read More

Future Quotient – Loving Future Generations

200 Japanese pensioners volunteered to begin the cleanup of the Fukushima power plant earlier this year.  The self-proclaimed 'Skilled Veterans Corp,' asserted that they, not younger people, should risk radiation because, "they are more likely to die of natural causes … Read More

What Canada Needs Most – Resilience – Important new McConnell Publication

 A Resilient Society is Inclusive, Sustainable and Innovative.  That pretty well sums up the fruits of the JW McConnell Family Foundation's journey over the last fifteen years.  Fifteen years of learning, risk taking and jettisoning assumptions.   A period in … Read More

Don’t Miss Alison Lawton

There it was on page S-14 of Saturday's Globe and Mail, a full page UBC ad profiling a remarkable documentary produced by UBC journalism students on the perils of dumping millions of tons of electronic waste, particularly on workers and … Read More

Charles Leadbeater – Setting the Post Bridget Jones Agenda

"At the core of a good society, a fulfilling life and an effective state are relationships among people, between citizens, with public services that provide care, recognition, purpose and motivation."  Charles Leadbeater Charles Leadbeater has been tracking and chronicling creative … Read More

Representation Agreements – I Am Because We Are (2)

I wrote the following story nearly 20 years ago when we were in the midst of a law reform campaign to establish Representation Agreements as a grass roots alternate to traditional adult guardianship. (see my previous post – Love in … Read More

Representation Agreements – Love in the Architecture

Simone Weil the French mystic, philosopher and social activist wrote, "Intelligence is enlightened by love."  So is legislation.  After a nearly 25 year journey the British Columbia government recently affirmed the status of Representation Agreements, a grass roots alternative to … Read More

Stephen Huddart’s Beautiful World

"There's always someone trying to make change happen and to make our world even more beautiful," observes Stephen Huddart, the new President and CEO of the McConnell Family Foundation. And that pretty well sums up Stephen's inspiration and delight in … Read More

10 Recommended Summer Reads from Ashoka’s Changemakers

Summertime and the living is easy.  But no fish are jumping on the west coast.  Instead geese are migrating – already.  They appear to be seeking the same hidden sun as the rest us.  Never mind, a little rain and … Read More

Mother Time

One of the great pleasures of being nestled within the family arm of the disability movement is enjoying a diverse group of people who have at least one thing in common – love for their family member who has a … Read More