Uploading versus Downloading – Tips for Solution Based Advocacy (49)

What we need is a new model of citizenship based on the act of participation itself, not on some quality or thought or right enjoyed by its possessor.  This participatory citizenship doesn't simply demand action from existing citizens; it makes … Read More

Adapting the Social Finance Task Force Recommendations to Your Sector -Tips for Solution Based Advocacy (48)

Many leaders within British Columbia's disability sector are promoting and adapting a social finance strategy that parallels the seven recommendations of the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance released on November 30th.They are doing it because they: realize the days … Read More

The Time Has Come the Walrus said to ‘Do’ Public Policy Ourselves and establish a Social Finance Task Force – Tips for Solution Based Advocacy(47)

Sean Moore, the wise and big hearted walrus of public policy first remarked this several years ago.  Most government departments have either eliminated or pared to the bare bones their policy development arms.  This means there are few staff dedicated … Read More

The Spaces In Between – The Back Story of the Task Force on Social Finance – an illustration of Solution Based Advocacy (46)

It took a million steps and thousands of relationships to launch the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance.  Here are a few of those stories. I welcome your contributions, additions, amplifications.  Let's record our history. Eight years ago Tim Brodhead … Read More

The Inner Activist – A Site for Sore Eyes – Tips for Solution Based Advocacy (45)

And for flagging spirits, tired bodies, troubled minds and suffering souls. Social change can be harsh, hard, unyielding work.  It can take a toll on you, your families, your friends, your acquaintances, your adversaries…  It has on occasion turned me … Read More

What Makes a Hand a Hand? – Tips for Solution Based Advocacy (44)

The fingers? Yes.  Obviously, but… What about the spaces in between?  The hand is a system comprised of fingers and the spaces in between.  The fingers don't exist without the spaces in between.  Without the spaces in between the fingers … Read More

I’ll Get My Data to Talk to Your Data! – Tips for Solution Based Advocacy (43)

According to David Eaves, one of the world's expert on open data and open government there are more than 300 different data sets in the federal government alone! How are they able to 'talk' to each other let alone to … Read More

A British Columbia Jewel at the G-20 Seoul Summit – Tips for Solution Based Advocacy (42)

Here's a positive footnote to the recently completed G-20 Summit in Seoul, South Korea.  The G-20 leaders committed more than half a billion dollars to support social finance. That's serious money for sustainable and socially responsible businesses.   While critics and … Read More

So the Minister is full of sh##? – Tips for Solution Based advocacy (41)

I didn't even see it coming.   A big, slow, deliberate set-up.  How could I miss it?  My adrenalin was gushing.  Our campaign to get the Minister to close down a children's facility providing sub standard care was picking up momentum.  … Read More