Author Archives: aletmanski

In the beginning was a caring relationship – building back better (third in a series)

With apologies to the gospel in the beginning wasn’t the word, it was a caring relationship. In 2001 the 530,000 year old partial skeleton of a 12 year old girl was discovered in Spain. The shape of her skull indicated … Read More

Renegotiating the social contract – building back better (second in a series)

The pandemic has revealed that a caring society is a do-it-together, not a do-it yourself, project. And that government and civil society in partnership makes it so. … Read More

The world needs more community organizers – building back better (first in a series)

The phrase “build back better” is being used to capture the determination and desire of politicians and activists alike to come out of the pandemic with a more just, equitable, accessible and inclusive society. The phrase, adapted from a 2015 … Read More

Forget Your Perfect Offering

First a reminder that our Power of Disability Concert takes place this Saturday May 9th at 7:00 eastern. Entertainers include the lead clown for Cirque du Soleil, a comedian with White House experience, award winning singers, storytellers, hip hop artists … Read More

The Power of Disability Concert

Update: The live version of this concert was hosted on May 9th but you can watch the full concert recording anytime online. The Power of Disability reminds us of what we have in common – the power to create a good life for … Read More

The Abundant Sense of a Community Organizer

There is a group of people whose sense of what we can do together is abundant. They are known as community organizers. Their specialty is connecting people who want to make the world more just, equal, accessible and inclusive. They … Read More

If Terror was Temperature

During the Easter weekend Carla Qualtrough the federal Minister of Employment and Disability Inclusion created a Covid-19 Disability Advisory group. Here is why it matters. It’s been a tough four weeks for the disability community. Over and above everyone’s general … Read More

Love During Adversity is a Powerful Combination

I’ve noticed three different states of mind related to the Covid-19 virus. 1) OMG this is a disaster. Somebody, anybody, please do something. 2) The people in authority are best positioned to tell us what to do. 3) The situation … Read More

Let us rally the lovesick and brokenhearted

Our inadequacy in the face of the world’s suffering and desecration disturbs us. As it should. We flinch every time we use another plastic bag, step around a fellow human being sleeping on the sidewalk, hop on a plane, fill … Read More

There can be no justice without love

MY NEW BOOK: I was still blushing over Aaron Johannes’ review of The Power of Disability when Markets Insider chose it as one of twelve books that human resource managers should get in 2020 if they want to build diverse  … Read More