How Not to Be a Future-Ready Leader

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Alberta’s newly elected provincial government recently tabled its first budget.

It generated an overwhelmingly negative response from the tech sector who viewed it as being short-sighted and reflective of a lack of regard for the importance of creating jobs for the knowledge economy.

Alberta Bound

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Brenda Herchmer is Alberta-Bound as she will be presenting for both EverActive Schools and RhPAP (Rural Health Practitioners Action Plan). Always mindful of being as practical and effective as possible, she would be interested in presenting in other communities while she is there during the first week of February. If you're interested in the possibilities, please contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Is Being Future-Ready on Your Radar?

  Future readyToday's complex health, social, economic, and environmental challenges require future-ready community leaders at all levels able to drive collective impact and large scale, transformative change.  Unless leaders are working across sectors to ensure systemic change, It will become 

Brenda's Blog: Maybe the World is Flat?

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This month was somewhat surreal for me.

I’ve been teaching online for over ten years but despite the fact that I was sitting in front of a computer in Welland, Ontario, the audience shifted in a very big way.

This time round, my online community leadership course had participation not only from Canada - including NWT,  New Brunswick,

What Is Systems Leadership?

Systems LeadershipNot a new concept to many but good to see that systems leadership is being championed at a global level. Of course that won't happen unless those in positions of authority prioritize "eco" systems rather than "ego" systems....here's hoping. In the meantime, what is systems leadership, and how can it change the world? Read more at this link from the World Economic Forum.

Starts Monday: Community Building Course (The Secret Sauce for Change!)

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Community Building is the Secret Sauce for leaders committed to making a difference. 

Our training can help you and your organization Multiply, Mobilize and Maxmize to address virtually any complex issue in your community and the innovation and transformative change it will require.  Its not too late to register as all webinars are recorded. Course begins September 30, 2019 at 1:00 PM EST.  

Curiosity Generates Innovation

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Interesting read via @SmartBrief that explores the relationship between curiosity and innovation.  As the author Dave Coffaro suggests curiosity leads to questions, and questions are how we bring the Art of Inquiry to life.

Market Must Account for Environmental and Social Impact

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Financial accounting is at the heart of the “operating system” on which the global economy runs. So why aren't the environmental and social effects of that economic activity part of that system?  Companies, investors, and consumers need an expanded set of metrics that more broadly and accurately measure risk, return, and value. In addition, they need practices that support relevant data collection, management, and integration into strategy and decision making.

Read the thought provoking artlcle at Stanford Social Innovation Review 

Music Is A Growing Industry that Requires Our Attention

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Many cities, regions and towns are in the process of developing music strategies. The best examples are those focusing on music as a holistic, community benefit, across economic development, tourism and inclusive growth. This thought-provoking article via the World Economic Forum suggests music is a vital urban resource that requires attention. How do we plan for it? Read more at this link.

 

Why Invest in Learning?

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We live in complex, fast-paced, constantly changing times. On some level, its no surprise to find training has become less of a priority. It may be the result of us equating learning with formal and sometimes irrelevant learning delivered by

Learning Opportunity: Training and Certification

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Our training can help you Multiply, Mobilize and Maxmize your community impact. Courses begin September 30, 2019. Our communities need leaders who understand and can serve as agents of change, who can apply systems thinking,

Channel Your Inner Tap Dancer or Work Middleout?

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There is nothing more rewarding than teaching a group of motivated adult learners.

They are quite different from the students I used to teach in a face-to-face college setting where it was sometimes necessary to channel my inner tap dancer to get and keep their attention. Instead, these adult learners are generally much more motivated and eager to learn.

Soft City Design Facilitates Neighbourhoods Built on Relationships

Soft CityGreat article from Fast Company magazine that provides insights on the idea of a 'soft city' and how urban design can facilitate a neighborhood built on relationships! Good cities are ones that make these connections possible. They can look different and exist in different contexts, but they share an overarching and essential quality,  which the author calls “softness”—a stark contrast to the rhetoric of “grind” and “harshness” that’s often applied to urban life . 

Read the full article at Fast Company.  

Curator for Communities of the Future

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It can be overwhelming to stay on top of the latest community building resources that will assist you in becoming future-ready. We're making it easier by serving as your Community Curator 

What The Heck Is Combinatorial?

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Best known for developing the Theory of General Relativity, Albert Einstein once stated that innovation is combinatorial. 

As he suggested, combinatorial is about

The Times (and the Trust) Are a-Changin'

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As I sat down to write this blog, I didn’t have a starting point. I wasn’t even sure about the topic. But, being good at procrastinating as well as being ready to be distracted, I did a quick scan of some old blogs on the topic that I wanted to address - trust. And, wouldn’t you know, I found a blog I had written some time ago.  Although it was 7 years ago, it seemed to hold up and might even more relevant today.

Want Honey? Plant Flowers!

GardenMy work at the Campus for Communities of the Future involves delivering a lot of training sessions focused on the how-to’s of strengthening community building. As a result, I’m gaining traction in terms of becoming more comfortable and confident with both the content and delivery. However, I wobbled a bit recently when I started to prepare for a session for economic developers.

A Piece of the Pie?

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Partnerships are somewhat on my mind these days as the Campus for Communities continues to morph and grow. With proof of concept regarding the impact of our training, after many years, we’re poised to scale. In large part, it is the result of paying attention to, and learning from those at the

Client Update: We've Made Some Changes

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CLIENT UPDATES:

As an important client of the Campus for Communities of the Future, we wanted to let you know we've been tweaking our community building courses in order to remain relevant and practical. We've done it by standing on the shoulders of some amazing change agents across the country, most of whom are clients like yourself who continue to utilize our training and provide valuable feedback. 

Artists, Geeks, and Rockers Lead the Way

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The times they are a’changin and that’s good news for my hometown of Welland, Ontario especially Downtown, because

Flipping the Learning?

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While it really isn't anything I can explain, every once in a while I stumble across a transformative concept that simply feels right.

Rural Community Building With RhPAP

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Campus for Communities was delighted to collaborate with Alberta's RhPAP (Rural Health Profession Action Plan). What an exceptional group of staff, elected officials, and volunteers!  Read the full article here

Pecha Kucha: A Strategy for Preventing Data Smog?

Data SmogAlthough I am an admitted information junkie I must confess that recently I’ve suffered from a bit of data overload.

Normally I can handle it and even enjoy it, however I do think data is like food – best when served in reasonably-sized portions from several food groups leaving one satisfied but not stuffed.

Change Not Chance?

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I am blessed to have maintained a precious relationship with three colleagues with whom I worked over a number of years as part of an exciting community development initiative called ACE Communities. Although we are all now self-employed we continue to connect via monthly group Skype calls.

Another Reason Why We Need More Libraries and Cafes

 
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Having a Library or Café Down the Block Could Change Your Life.  A new study shows that living near community-oriented public

Roomies with a Twist: A Creative Housing Solution That Works

01 26 2019 Roommates UofTDSC03615 leadThe Toronto HomeShare Pilot Project is a provincially funded partnership between the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly – housed at U of T – and the City of Toronto, that  matches post-secondary students with older adults willing to rent their unused space for the academic year. 

Gene Simmons Raving About Canadian Civility?

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Author's Note: This week a good friend told me that I would always struggle to be understood because typically I was ten years ahead of my time. Thought I'd test that theory by going back

To SWOT or to SOAR?

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Sometimes an oldie can still be a goodie.

The SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) is a straightforward and useful tool

Quality of Life is a Worthy Investment

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Much of my paid and volunteer work over the years has focused on community development and community leadership in various voluntary and nonprofit organizations. Yet, regardless of where I

Ontario Trillium Foundation Cut by $15M

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The Ontario Ford government is cutting $15M in the current budget (13%). Read more in this CBC article to better understand the significance of this cut. Read Brenda Herchmer's response here.  

Standing Bear: Social Innovation Driven by the Wisdom of Youth

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There’s a lot of talk these days about the need for innovation. Unfortunately, when tackling complex social issues we too often overlook

You Gotta Have Art

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77% of Canadians agree or strongly agree that arts experiences help them feel part of their local community. Article from Municipal World: 5 Ways to Build a Culture of Belonging Through Arts and Culture. Read more at this link.

Small Towns That Refuse To Die

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The small towns that refuse to die: Schemes to woo new blood about more than just staying alive. Read more.  

Where Do You Want to Work?

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This blog by Seth Godin is brilliant, succinct and should really make you think about why work is or isn't going well. It will make you think not only about the future of work but where you personally want to be working. Read more at this link. 

Designing to Reduce Loneliness?

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Can we resdesign cities to fight loneliness?  Simple and smart ideas to create more connections in city life.

Read more at this link.

Risk Averse or Risk Smart?

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I am an excessively optimistic person who was blessed with a genetic tendency to look on the bright side of life. As a result,

Is Kindness Part of Your Brand Vision?

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Kindness means good business so make kindness a part of your brand vision.  

Read more at this link

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Promising Practice: Doctors Prescribing a Dose of Art?

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Doctor's Orders: The Montreal Museum of Fine Art (MMFA) partnered with the Médecins francophones du Canada doctors’ organization to let doctors write prescriptions for museum visits. 

Read More at this Link

Is Loneliness Making Us Sick?

 

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When British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a minister of loneliness in January, it made news all over the world. Was a ministry devoted to something as intangible as a feeling seriously a thing? The jokes comparing the position to Monty Python’s “Ministry of Silly Walks” almost wrote themselves.

Read more at this link.

 

Who Has Time for Learning?

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We live in complex, fast-paced, constantly changing times. On some level, its no surprise to find training has become less of a priority. 

Three Tips for Becoming an Energizer

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Some people become leaders no matter what their chosen path because their positive energy is so uplifting.

Even in tough times, they always find a way. They seem to live life on their own terms even when having to comply with someone else’s requirements. When they walk into a room, they make it come alive.

Read more from Rosabeth Moss Kanter at this link. 

Three Paths to Help Conquer the Chaos of Change

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Today's workplaces are rarely straightforward. It is especially true of organizations that are looking to grow and innovate. As my colleague Rick Smyre has stated, "We're preparing for a future that hasn't yet been invented". As a result, my community building work typically results in me working with organizations where solutions are complicated and messy.

20 Things a City Can Do to Boost the Quality of Public Life

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Benches, trees, multi-modal transportation, and local food are a few of the suggestions in the Center for Active Design’s new Civic Design Guidelines. 

Read More At This Link. 

Innovation: Who Else is Doing It?

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This excellent thought-provoking article by Rosabeth Moss Kanter takes a look at innovation and what it really means. 

Read More At This Link 

The Rapid Pace of Change & Its Meaning for Municipal Leaders

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The rapid pace of change – and what it means for municipal leaders via Municipal World.

Canning and Community Building?

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Who would have thought a Facebook post would bring back memories of my own grandmother?  The post in question was from a good friend who shared a beautiful photo that included a comment about how there was nothing better than canning with friends. 

A Different Kind of Profit?

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I just read a blog by the insightful American author and former business executive Seth Godin that got me thinking even before I'd finished my morning coffee. 

Is Canada Really a Great Place to Raise Kids?

"In a poll, most Canadians thought that we were a top-five country for kids. We’re far from being a leading country.

Technology is Complicated

Technology is a lot like communities. In both communities and technology there is no one best way of doing things, instead there are many ways.

Time to Refresh and Reboot the Campus


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Five years ago, as the result of years of experiencing collaborative learning alongside brilliant colleagues, 

From Feel Good To Real Good

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Great article by Kathleen Kelly Janus. We do need to equip the next generation with the tools if they are going to deliver on good intentions and fulfill their desire to change the world.. 

Neighbours Rallied to Help Family After Farmer Died

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While many towns and citiescommunities have lost their sense of community, its presence still exists in Saskatchewan.

A Future Where Machines Will Dominate Work

In a future where traditional employment will no longer be the centre of our lives, we will need to redefine how to have a good life. Clock

 

Shifting from Treating Symptoms to Finding Solutions

Read this inspiring story about what happened when a hospital made a decision to do more to address the underlying root causes of high health care costs. It began with a decision to treat its local neighborhood like a patient. 

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How-To's For Finding Breakthrough Ideas

Stuck? Looking to jumpstart new ways of thinking and fresh ideas? 

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3 Leadership Trends Debunked

One would think that focusing on your leadership strengths, authentic leadership, and taking a stance were tried and true leadership trends.  Research may suggest otherwise.

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Making Use of Technology to Engage Participants

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Learn how Participatory Video can be used to engage participants in identifying and analyzing key issues and opportunities in their community. 

 

And We Thought Uber Was A Good Thing

 A recent set of partnerships between Uber Canada and various car-

Mobilizing the Village

Great article from Baltimore about a program called Thread that is mobilizing the community to ensure kids have hope and success. Interesting to see how they are using an app called Tapestry.

 

People Show Up in Different Ways

The Windsor City Council Compensation Review Committee was disappointed that not a single member of the public showed up at a meeting this week to say whether the mayor and city councillors deserve pay raises.

A Tattoo That Made Me Think

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While I like to consider myself as one who loves change and embraces trends, tattoos are something I’ve personally never been able to get behind. In part

Where the sweetness happens

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On an intellectual level I understood the community leadership learnings I planned to share were solid, innovative, and grounded by boots-on-the-ground experience. 

Next Community Building Certification Begins Fall 2019

Same Old, Same Old? Time for a New Approach?

Organizations and communities are often doing things the same way they’ve been doing them for years. This is happening despite rapid change, complex issues, and futurists suggesting the "future is local". It is becoming increasingly clear that the communities positioned to thrive will be those investing in the community building that will ensure trusted relationships, networks, and opportunities for "meshwork". 

New Site Launch

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We're excited to share with you our new learning portal here at Campus for Communities of the Future!

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