10 diverse ways the smartphone can be used for learning and applying social justice

Working in Tanzania, last November, I noticed how much the local people relied on their smartphones, and not just to scroll their social media feeds. Stoked by opportunity, and constrained by infrastructure, they are finding new ways to be resourceful with what they have. In many places in Eastern Africa, including Tanzania, the smartphone becomes […]

Skyler: An intergenerational skyscraper prototype for aging in cities

As someone who keeps an eye out for interesting aging and intergenerational initiatives, in the workplace and the community, Skyler grabbed my attention. Designed by New York based architects, HOLLWICH KUSHNER, Skyler is a building prototype (i.e., work-in-progress) that enables users to age in one place, a “truly intergenerational skyscraper”. It’s social re-engineering of architecture. […]

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 […]

The Life Cycle of a Multi-Stakeholder Collaborative Action Team

Solving big challenges often requires putting a team of diverse people, skills and interests together. It takes a system to change a system. Yet, getting everyone rowing together for collective impact is never a slam dunk. And, when the people are from different organizations,effective collaborative action often feels just beyond our reach. When I’m having […]

Community Kitchens spur Connection, Ideas and Partnership

Last week I led a session at PeopleFocus, an HR conference, focused on collaboration, for credit union professionals. One of the keynote speakers was Tonya Surman, CEO of the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), Canada’s premier co-working space for social entrepreneurs. Her mention of the CSI ‘Salad Club’, and its role in building a culture of collaboration, and […]