Blog Series

Browse through some of Al's most popular blog posts, produced as series.

Six Patterns to Spread Your Social Innovation

In our encounters with dozens of individuals, groups, coalitions and movements during our social innovation exploration, Vickie and I discovered six patterns that stood out and challenged our thinking. They forced us to let go of many of our assumptions about social change and were our doorways into pattern recognition. And once we understood the underlying significance of these approaches, our own work changed profoundly.

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What are you skating towards?

I invited people I’d reference on my blog to write about an idea, concept, or phenomenon that is capturing their attention. I was particularly interested in what was on their horizon, not yet clear, still amorphous.

If a theme emerged this year it was that of the citizen – citizen as being, citizen as doing.
Being – anchored in the values of the heart, mystery, fallibility, joy, delicious ambiguity, empathy, love.
Doing – the messy, unglamorous, tough work of constructive destruction, cooperating with opponents and strangers, intervening to stop atrocities…

If these essays are any indication we may be witnessing a reclamation of our narrative as citizen fused from personal and shared values, at the intersection of voice and agency and forged out of necessity and commonality.

May 2014 bring you, dear reader, a long river to skate away on.

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How People With Disabilities Will Save the World

If we are to prevent our dear world from cascading out of control we had better make sure everyone’s gifts and talents are welcomed. In fact the collective wisdom, insight and engagement of people with disabilities may just be what will save us.

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Tips for Solution Based Advocacy

All governments today are experiencing financial challenges. Reminding them of their previous bad spending decisions, or not accepting their current financial reality, means your ideas or concerns stand a good chance of being ignored. Proposing alternate financing solutions like many social entrepreneurs do, will get their attention. Leveraging government funding to attract new money; or identifying new funding partners will signal your intention to be constructive.

Unlike the strait jacketed role of Opposition critic, solution based advocacy gives your creativity an opportunity to flourish.

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On Poverty

This series supports a campaign to eliminate poverty by sharing a variety of initiatives that might just be an indication the stars are aligning on this national embarrassment.

Embarrassments like the recent report on child poverty by the UN which ranked Canada 17th out of the 24 richest countries. Nearly one in 10 Canadian children are still living in poverty!

Eliminating poverty is not just something we should do, but can do.

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Becoming Visible

I asked the individuals I profiled and referenced during my first year as a blog columnist to answer this question: What would you like to become more visible in 2011?

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