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

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

Caroline Casey – What Am I Skating Towards? A Global Disability Business Movement

I am in Ireland at Ashoka's massive Change Nation initiative (more on this soon).  One of the organizers is Caroline Casey an Ashoka fellow and force of nature.  Here is Caroline's response to What Are You Skating Towards in 2012?   … Read More

What Are You Skating Towards? The Complete Essay Collection now Available

I am always attracted to unoccupied space. Realms where the dominant culture has not advanced its patriarchal or empire narrative."writes Peter Block in the collection What Are You Skating Towards in 2012? His essay is one of 60 which begins … Read More

Charles Holmes – What Am I Skating Towards? Wish People and Wish Organizations

This is Charles Holmes' response to What are you skating towards in 2012?                                                                                  Wish People and Wish Organizations MY QUESTION FOR 2012: Am I working with wish people and wish organizations? A few days ago I received a touching … Read More

Jacques Dufresne – What Am I Skating Towards? The Hill of Life

Here is Jacques Dufresne's response to What are you skating towards in 2012?                                                                      The Hill of Life MY CONCERN THIS YEAR is … Read More

Lindsay Cant – What Am I Skating Towards? My Own Dog

This is Lindsay Cant's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? My Own Dog THIS YEAR I WOULD LIKE to get my own dog. My family likes dogs. My Dad likes his dog Billy so much I have … Read More

Richard Bridge – What Am I Skating Towards? The Future of the Annapolis Valley

This is Richard Bridge's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? The Future of the Annapolis Valley Despite the exceptionally mild month of December in this part of the world and a rare absence of ice on the … Read More

Cormac Russell – What Am I Skating Towards? Community: The Forgotten Tool of Change

This is Cormac Russell's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? Community: The Forgotten Tool of Change OF LATE, the most important lesson to emerge, from what seems to me to be a fledgling renaissance of community life … Read More

Stefan Lorimer – What Am I Skating Towards? Canada’s New Identity

This is Stefan Lorimer's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? Canada’s New Identity Respice Nos Exempla — Look to us for Examples — Tournent vers nous pour des Exemples — 希望我們的例子 Multiculturalism isn’t enough to form a … Read More

Brad Johnston – What am I Skating Towards? – Skating, Flying, Surfacing

This is Brad Johnston's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? Skating, Flying, Surfing I am a public servant in the Ontario government at a time of unparalleled fiscal imbalance — where the services we already have, cost … Read More

Gord Tulloch – What Am I Skating Towards? Being a ‘Good’ Person

This is Gord Tulloch's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? Being A ‘Good’ Person Throughout my life I have wanted to be a good person. I have spent a lot of time trying to get a handle … Read More

Tim Draimin – What Am I Skating Towards? Solutions Alignment

This is Tim Draimin's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? Solutions  Alignment I AM SKATING IN 2012 towards solutions alignment — accelerating how we bring our resources — within and among organizations and sectors — into alignment … Read More

Shawn Smith – What Am I Skating Towards? Investing in Human Potential

This is Shawn Smith's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? Investing in Human Potential We’ve all seen the statistics about poverty, and probably felt a bit overwhelmed. When we do engage it is often through a 1-800 … Read More

Linda Perry – What Am I Skating Towards? Community

This is Linda Perry's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? Community When I first started to mull this idea over, I was thinking fairly literally about the experience of skating and considering what I am currently skating … Read More

David Roche – What Am I Skating Towards? Skating Like a Movement

This is David Roche's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? Skating Like a Movement For the last year or so I nursed the puck, staying in my own zone, circling behind the goal, then off to the … Read More

Ted Kuntz – What Am I Skating Towards? The Edge

This is Ted Kuntz's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? The Edge I’m skating toward the edge. I believe we all are. I believe we are living in a time of profound change. Life as we have … Read More

Vickie Cammack – What Am I Skating Towards? Balance

This is Vickie Cammack's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? Balance I am six years old.  Beaver Lake in Stanley Park is frozen solid and my thin legs stand rigid for the first time in unforgiving, gleaming … Read More

Alex Fox – What Am I Skating Towards? Belonging in the UK

 This is Alex Fox's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? Belonging For some time now, social care in the UK has been all about independent living: helping younger disabled people to move into their own homes; helping … Read More

This is Gordon Atherley's response to What are you skating towards in 2012?  Shifting the Mindset of Canada’s Healthcare System The shift is needed, urgently, because of increasing dominance in Canada by diseases that are incurable. Healthcare needs to acknowledge … Read More

Kirsteen Main – What Am I Skating Towards? – Getting My Poems Published

Here is poetry by Kirsteen Main for your Valentine's Day reading pleasure as well as her response to What are you skating towards in 2012? Getting My Poems Published What I would be skating towards – if I could skate … Read More

Steve Sunderland – What Am I Skating Towards? Compassion

This is Steve Sunderland's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? COMPASSION Teaching the concept of “compassion” has been a joy since September 11, 2001. This is my personal program to foster understanding and insight into what would … Read More

Sean Moore: Where Am I Skating Towards? Effective Public Engagement

This is Sean Moore's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? Effective Public Engagement in Civic Affairs My current preoccupation, my passion, my thing these days, is to very personally and directly do something tangible about what most … Read More

Linda Couture – What Am I Skating Towards? Celebrating Our Shared Humanity

This is Linda Couture's response to What are you skating towards in 2012?  Celebrating Our Shared Humanity Looking back at this past year’s experience of living in my mother’s world of Alzheimer, and accompanying my dad in this journey, has … Read More

Ted Jackson – What I Am Skating Towards.

This is Ted Jackson's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? Skating Towards the Corners In hockey, when you skate into the corners of the rink, you know you are headed for a rough ride.  That’s the place … Read More

Sherri Torjman – What Am I Skating Towards? Recreation and Community Engagement

Here is Sherri Torjman's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? Recreation and Community Engagement I recently delivered a keynote address at the first National Recreation Summit. The event gathered from all regions people who are involved in … Read More

Cheryl Rose – What Are You Skating Towards? The Middle of Nowhere

This is Cheryl Rose's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? The Middle of Nowhere Between the old and the new, there is a place that is a kind of nowhere-land and it is one of the most … Read More

Christian Bason – What Am I Skating Towards? Rehearsing the Future

 This is Christian Bason's response to What are you skating towards in 2012? Rehearsing the future As we enter 2012, new challenges arise for MindLab, the organisation I run. An internal innovation unit for three national ministries, MindLab has for … Read More

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