If you've been given the gift of time, why not think about investing it in online learning and growth that will benefit both you and your community?
As we got started in one of our Campus community leadership webinars this week, I invited participants to share (1) an example of a silver lining provided by COVID-19 and the resulting physical distancing or (2) what they're doing to cope with the challenge that is providing a positive impact.
While their sense of humour was clearly intact, some of their comments were thought-provoking. While the responses were diverse, there were some common themes that make for a good read. There's "gold in them thar community builders!"
A number of years ago while working for a municipality, I was part of a of a task force responsible for putting emergency measures into place across the city. At the time, planning for potentially catastrophic events felt as if it might be a make-work measure. Knowing what we now know, they may actually have been ahead of the curve. In essence, we were working together to build the community’s capacity for what my futurist colleagues would call, a Black Swan event.
What's a Black Swan Event?
The 9/11 attacks in 2001, the 2008 global financial crisis that wiped out over $10 trillion dollars
Truth be told, there has been some kicking and screaming over the years in getting me to spend as much time as I do these days in thinking and talking to others about outcomes and measurement.
Mostly, it is the result of my fervent belief that we’re not doing enough to measure what matters most in our communities because we’re too often focused on economic growth at the expense of our overall quality of life. The reality we all need to keep in mind is that what gets measured matters. What we count, quantify, measure, and evaluate influences public policy, decision-making, and investment.
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Planning for the future never used to be quite so complicated.
Whether I was planning to improve my personal life or business, or working with other organizations, neighbourhoods or even entire communities, it typically was a matter of determining the current situation, where you wanted to go, and then determining how to address the gap in between.
A review of top trends and predictions, a situational analysis, a review or development of a vision, mission and strategic priorities and, badda-boom-badda-bing,
I can't recall how we were first introduced, but I can tell you that when we first sat down over coffee, I learned Yvonne was an intelligent, energetic woman who was passionate about supporting entrpreneurs. At our first meeting she handed me a strangely titled book called Ripples from the Zambezi and suggested I read it if I wanted to know more about the work she was doing with others to support business enterprise.
Seth Godin's suggestion that A+ students might not become good leaders definitely rings true in the case of my family.
Although it was many years ago, my mother distinctly remembers the reassurance of a kind guidance counselor during report card time. The counselor comforted her by saying that even if none of her five children managed to bring home great A+ report cards, they were on track to become solid, all-round, good citizens.
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.
Today'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
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,
Not 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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,
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.
Great 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 .
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.
My 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.
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
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.
The times they are a’changin and that’s good news for my hometown of Welland, Ontario especially Downtown, because
Although 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.
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.
The 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.
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
There’s a lot of talk these days about the need for innovation. Unfortunately, when tackling complex social issues we too often overlook
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The rapid pace of change – and what it means for municipal leaders via Municipal World.
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.
"In a poll, most Canadians thought that we were a top-five country for kids. We’re far from being a leading country.
Interesting trend. Bored retirees are turning to entrepreneurship.
While many towns and citiescommunities have lost their sense of community, its presence still exists in Saskatchewan.
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.
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.
Stuck? Looking to jumpstart new ways of thinking and fresh ideas?
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.
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".