Stepping Stones: Leading and Keeping People Out Of Poverty

Last weekend, I spent some time conversing with a few folks in “Tent City”, an encampment of homeless people that has formed on a park-oriented parcel of Crown land, here in Victoria. Tent City is adjacent to the Provincial Court House; a sad irony, if one speaks of social justice. Below is a picture of […]

Family Caregivers: Where Would The Health Care System Be Without Them?

When it comes to the health care system, its easy to fall through the cracks. Though often unintentional, the system seems to favour poor communication. To communicate is to make “common”; to be on the same page. Rarely, are all the people that contribute to your well being on the same page. A sad outcome from […]

Four Things We Can Do To Accelerate Justice Fairness

Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), is helping address the crazy inequalities in the US justice system; much of which is along racial lines; e.g., mass incarceration of blacks, “1 in 3 black males born today can expect to end up in jail or prison”…. At a recent Google ‘Zeitgeist Minds’ […]

Use Brain Science to Create Extraordinary Workplaces for Older Workers

I remember an upbeat, if not simplistic, marketing message from yesteryear (and still out there), that life was sequential. First we work, then we enjoy the fruits of our labour; “Freedom at 55”. Today, our approach to work and aging is changing. Look at this graphic, via thought leader, Age Wave: Older workers are remaining […]

How to Accelerate the Development of New Collaborative Relationships

When I look around my city, Victoria, I see lots of complex issues and challenges on the agenda; municipal amalgamation, sewage disposal, transportation mix… These are big items. Many stakeholders are involved. Each issue has many components to it. If people try tackle the issue as a whole, collaboration gridlock often follows. Better to subdivide […]

Don’t Let Your Decision-Making Get In The Way Of Success

“I don’t want my decision-making to ever cost me in an event like this.” Those words were spoken by professional golfer Jordan Spieth after his Masters golf tourney victory, in April this year. Precious insight from a young man of 21. That strategy is obviously still working for Spieth, currently, the world’s hottest golfer; witness […]

Sexual Consent, Serving Tea and Learning Through Metaphor

Sexual consent speaks to how we treat each other. When we choose consent, as our way, we choose constructive, relationship-oriented behaviour. We choose a collaborative way. How do we know if sex is consensual? Using ‘serving tea’ as a metaphor for sexual consent, this 3-minute animation by Blue Seat Studios (building on the work of blogger Rockstar […]