Quote: Facing the Truth

It is time for all the heroes to go home… It is time to stop waiting for someone to save us. It is time to face the truth of our situation - that we're all in this together, that we all have a voice - and figure out how to mobilize the hearts and minds of everyone in our communities.

-- Margaret Wheatley

Needed: Future Focused Actions


The world is fundamentally transforming technologically, economically, socially and politically. The ongoing transformation needs to be shaped by appropriate policies and institutions. There are no simple, ready-made solutions. What we urgently need are pragmatic and future-oriented actions, even in the form of small steps, to provide positive narratives.

Klaus Schwab, Founder, World Economic Forum 

Inspiring Quote: How to Create Real Collaboration

There is a way to create real collaboration. You have to let go. You have to loosen your grip on being right or on winning. You almost need to enter a conversation with no point of view, ready to receive others’ ideas and then layer your thoughts on top of them. By approaching a conversation this way, you’ll wind up with solutions you never thought of before.

--Jim Haudan

Is There a Better Way To Hit the Reset Button?

"After all, in a world where the social fabric seems to be rapidly fraying, the economy is uncertain, and the future of the planet is at risk, is there a better way to hit the reset button than to come back to the neighborhood level and begin to genuinely rely on one another again?"

--Amanda Abrams

Soft is the New Hard?

The competencies many once thought of as being “soft” – relationship building, mobilizing citizen-led initiatives, community building - are now the hard currency of successful leadership and the ultimate drivers of the systems change, innovation and transformation that will be essential for individual, community, environmental and economic well-being.   

- B. Herchmer


What Exactly is a System Leader?


There is no doubt there is a growing need for leaders who understand systems change. But what exactly does that mean. Here's one of the best definitions we've found: 

“System leaders apply an unusual combination of skills and attributes to 

Don't Stop Believing


The day will come when nations will be judged not by their military or economic strength, nor by the splendor of their capital cities and public buildings, but by the well-being of their people: by their levels of health, nutrition and education; by their opportunities to earn a fair reward for their labours; by their ability to participate in decisions that affect their lives; by the respect that is shown for their civil and political liberties; by the provision that is made for those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged; and by the protection that is afforded to the growing minds and bodies of their children. 


On Being Open to the Possibilties

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 New ideas pass through three periods:

  1.     It can't be done! 
  2.    It probably can't be done but is not worth doing.
  3.    I knew it was a good idea all along! 

 -- Arthur Clarke (1917 - 2008), British Futurist and Author of 2001 Space Odyssey 

Being a Citizen in a Democracy


A generation that acquires knowledge without ever understanding how that knowledge can benefit the community is a generation that is not learning what it means to be citizens in a democracy. 

-- Elizabeth L. Hollander (1817-1885)

Change Comes Fast


We must drop the idea that change comes slowly. Today changes come fast; and we must adjust our mental habits so we can comfortably accept the idea of stopping one thing and beginning another overnight. We must discard the idea that past routines, past ways of doing things, are probably the best ways. On the contrary, we must assume there probably is a better way to do almost everything. We must stop assuming that a thing which has never been done before cannot be done at all.  - -Donald M. Nelson

Its About the Glue


In an age of fragmentation, you don’t need more scissors – what you need is glue. Local neighborhoods can be this glue

– Neighborhood Economics

Its Not About Reforming Silo by Silo


Its time to awaken to the fact that we don’t have a health problem, nor a social care problem, nor a youth problem, nor even a safety problem, we have a village problem. In our heart, we know the solution to each does not lie in reforming silo by silo but in organizing our silos the way people organize their lives, so that the neighbourhood becomes our primary unit of analysis and change. 

– Cormac Russell 

Wise Words from Fred Rogers


We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say, ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes. -- Fred Rogers

Reflection: This Land Doesn't Belong To Us

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This land doesn't belong to us. This land belongs to seven generations down the road. I pray that the water that we drink, 

An Epidemic of Loneliness?


“Loneliness is not just something for individual Canadians to solve on their own” says Susan Pinker, psychologist and author of The Village Effect, a book about how face-to-face communication is linked to good health, longevity and happiness. “It’s a public health problem that has to be addressed in the way our cities are designed, the way our educational systems are run, the way our health care is considered and managed, and how we take care of the most vulnerable people in society — the very young, the very old, and those who are sick or fragile. Social isolation must be tackled at all levels of government.”

Leadership For A Time of Constant Change


A key challenge in today’s world of constant change is to realize that traditional leadership concepts and methods, while appropriate for current projects, are often counter-productive to the kind of transformational capacity building

Revolutionary Times

strikeI believe these revolutionary times call for revolutionary thinking. And yet it often seems that we are entering this revolutionary age with ideas, leaders and institutions that are better suited for a world that no longer exists.        

-- Joshua Cooper Ramo




"Knowledge builds on the past and has its place. Wisdom is beyond time. It’s the direct perception of reality as it is. And in this direct seeing of what is lies the potential of transformation—a transformation that is not merely a redecoration of the past but a transformation of humanity that embodies the eternally new.” 

-- H.E. Davey


And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time. 
—Libba Bray

Exemplary Leaders Reward Dissent

“Exemplary leaders reward dissent. They encourage it. They understand that, whatever momentary discomfort they experience as a result of being told they might be wrong, it is more than offset by the fact that the information will help them make better decisions."

-- Warren Bennis

Its All About the WHY

“The bigger the ‘why’ the easier the ‘how’.” — Jim Rohn

Your goal or desired outcome needs to be truly desirable. You need to really want it and have compelling reasons for wanting it. Jim Rohn once said, “Reasons come first, answers come second.” You need reasons for doing something. Those reasons are your WHY.

Is the Future Like History

“The future is very much like history. It simply means we're looking forward to creating knowledge about our future and using it to effectively plan and design a better future for every aspect of life.”

-- Ufuk Tarhan, one of the world's top  female futurists

Re-visioning Learning and Change

Instead of the ethos of manipulation, control, and dependence, the ecological paradigm emphasizes the value of capacity building and innovation, that is, facilitating and nurturing self-organization in the individual and community as a necessary basis for ‘systems health’ and sustainability.

-- Stephen Sterling 

Be Open to Collaboration

As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people's ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.

-- Amy Poehler  

We Have a Village Problem

It time to awaken to the fact that we don’t have a health problem, nor a social care problem, nor a youth problem, nor even a safety problem, we have a village problem. In our heart, we know the solution to each does not lie in reforming silo by silo but in organizing our silos the way people organize their lives, so that the neighbourhood becomes our primary unit of analysis and change.

-- Cormac Russell


Knowledge comes from the past, so it’s safe. It is also out of date. It’s the opposite of originality. Experience is built from solutions to old situations and problems. This is lazy. Experience is the opposite of being creative. If you can prove you’re right you’re set in concrete. You cannot move with the times or with other people. Your mind is closed. You are not open to new ideas.

--  Paul Arden

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