Category Archives: Organizer’s Notebook

Change agent observation, thoughts, lessons.

Ottawa Rooming House Report Card

Plenty of rooming houses in the neighbourhood of Somerset West CHC, where I’m currently assisting with analytics and the health records system. They exist in every community. Some are run by responsible people looking to help both themselves and the … Continue reading

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Communities work with co-operation and leaders like Ronny Yaron

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/partners/sponsorcontent/content/article31374948/?prx_t=enICA2ZcKALrMPA The St Lawrence Neighbourhood is by many measures a great success. That success comes from a combination of community and political will power. What the article misses is that Ronny Yaron and many others like her have spent countless … Continue reading

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Inequality

Today’s New York Times blog post on inequality shows that children from families in the 90th percentile – the top 10% in income – do better in school. No real surprise. What may be less commonly known is that the … Continue reading

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Less tells you more

The real numbers can be overwhelming. This famous summary puts our status in perspective. If the World were 100 People infographic by KVSStudio.

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Bodies, Brains, Data

The combination of people, talent, and data contributed a large measure to the recent US presidential victory by a former community organizer. People committed to a cause, a hope, an alternative remain the necessary condition for change. What this campaign demonstates is … Continue reading

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Goldman’s City on the Edge

Regular visits to Buffalo since the 60’s provide opportunity to watch, explore and reflect on the changes in the ‘Queen City of the Lakes’. On my recent visit I came across Mark Goldman’s City on the Edge Buffalo New York … Continue reading

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Looking back for the right question

During 1986 – 89 I was the Manager of Information Resources at the Univ of Toronto Faculty of Social Work. Previously, I’d been a community organizer and human services manager. At the start of the 80’s I’d merged my private … Continue reading

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