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 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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Reflections on policy, organizations and people during technological change

I’m still amazed how everyone at the then OPC gave us the motivation, space and patience to adapt and apply rapidly changing technology to growing a people network. Data and connections are now part of almost everything. In my view, … Continue reading

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Better Beginnings, Better Futures Position Paper

After 25 years, BBBF has published an impressive position paper  BBBF Position Paper-Nov2015final. My contribution to this long term research project was setting up communications, reporting and accounting systems in the original 12 community locations.  Eight of these continue to operate. … Continue reading

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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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