Are You the Deep Generalist We Need for the Future?

An interesting read that illustrates a need for education and professional development opportunities that will contribute to leaders who are deep generalists able to practice a way of thinking that connects multiple fields and cross-disciplinary thinking. This article explains that innovation needs "deep generalists or modern-day polymaths, whose knowledge is deeper than that of generalists and broader than that of specialists.” If you are a polymath, you probably already know it but this quick, fun quiz about yourself can help you learn more.

Networks Over Hierarchies?

Many of us working at the grassroots levels of our communities have been saying for years that networks are more powerful than hierarchies. However, it may have taken a pandemic to make it clearer to those like Malcolm Gladwell who share his thoughts in this article for INC. Community builders, this is your time to shine. 


The Human Skills We Need in an Unpredictable World


"I think that, whereas in the past we used to think a lot about just-in-time management, now we have to start thinking about just-in-case - preparing for events that are generally certain but specifically remain ambiguous but give us limitless capacity for adaptation, variation, and invention. And, the less we know about the future, the more we're going to need these tremendous sources of human, messy, unpredictable skills." --Margaret Herffernan

The above is an excerpt from a wonderful Ted Talk from Margaret Heffernan.  Watch it at this link.



Working Remotely?

Working remotely is hard. Or, is it? The reality is that some people are really enjoying the opportunity to work from home, others perhaps not so much.

A lot of the difference can be explained by individual personality types. This article via Fast Company provides A practical guide to working remotely with all 16 personalities types.  If you're not aware of your own Myers-Briggs personality type already, start with better understanding your own by using this free test at Feedback suggests that virtually everyone who has used it has found it to be uncannily accurate. 

Decline of Traditional Organizations

It used to be that the boundaries between organizations and sectors were pretty clear. Today, that no longer appears to be the case. It is in part because of the complexity of such issues as poverty, racism, global warming, affordable housing, violence etc. that have made it necessary for sectors to come together to respond.  Additionally, services that have typically been provided by traditional organizations are in some cases being outsourced to the private sector or are being delivered by businesses.

Is Being Future-Ready on Your Radar?

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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 

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"'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.

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


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.


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.  

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. 

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.  

You Gotta Have Art


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.

Is Kindness Part of Your Brand Vision?


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

Read more at this link


Promising Practice: Doctors Prescribing a Dose of Art?


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.


Three Tips for Becoming an Energizer


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. 

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?


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



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

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.

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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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.

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