West Coast Wave Collaboration Project: An innovative cross-sector partnership

I live on an island (Vancouver Island) surrounded by ocean.  Oceans make up over 70% of the Earth’s surface.  Our proximity to this abundant resource is obvious.  The energy-giving capacity of that resource is less clear. To better understand what that capacity is, the West Coast Wave Collaboration Project (WCWCP) kicked-off in June 2009.  This […]

Be a better mediator: 5 jazz learning techniques worth investing in

  Jazz is America’s music.  It roots are in America.  Two things I always liked about jazz. One; the swing rhythm, identifiable in the music of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, and many others, always gave me a high.  Two; jazz has long been associated with social justice. That sold it for me! Earlier in my […]

A framework for values-based Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR)

What would a values-based Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) framework look like, in an organization? Recently I listened in on a conversation between 3 well-known mediators/bloggers, Amanda Bucklow, Tammy Lenski,and Diane Levin on the topic of values-based fees in the mediation and ADR world.  I’ve also being part of some recent conversations in my local Values-Based […]

Rakunks, Hybrid Jobs, Learning Agents, and other speculations on the future

Just finished reading Margaret Atwood‘s new book The Year of the Flood, what Atwood describes as speculative fiction.  She is one of my favourite writers, a Booker Prize winner, and still writing incredible stories at the age of 70! Most of the Flood story takes place in the dystopic near future, in which there aren’t […]

Building communities through Story, Music, and Red Fife Wheat

Sharon Rempel advocates for a world that honors cultural traditions, diversity, and abundance, gained through collaboration and caring for each other.  She is systems thinker, and wonderful community builder, in ways that acknowledge the historic relationship between people, plant, and place. Sharon is the visionary godmother of today’s Red Fife heritage wheat movement in Canada, […]