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Today, Jim Flaherty, Canada's former Minister of Finance is bring honoured with a state funeral. Even his critics acknowledge his commitment to people with disabilities and their families. They point to the Registered Disability Savings Plan as the highlight. My commentary, Thanks to Jim Flaherty Canadians with Disabilities can Fulfill... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at Al Etmanski
I support the Long Now Foundation. It wants to shift our fast paced, fast thinking culture toward long term thinking. Among their many projects they are assembling the 3,500 books most essential for sustaining or rebuilding humanity. Its co-founder Stewart Brand (also founder of the Whole Earth Catalogue) contributed 76... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at Al Etmanski
I agree with your point - ABCD's emphasis on the power of communities, neighbourhoods and associations is an important dimension but not enough. It is however where they start. Knowing the ABCD folks well - they are not naive about the role of government and likely would agree with you.
Every January Vickie Cammack and I host PLAN Institute's Thinking Like a Movement. This year we;ve added Social Innovation Generation as a co-sponsor. It is a time to share insights and perspectives about social and environmental change we've gleaned form the previous year. We keep the gathering small and intimate... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2012 at Al Etmanski
Karin Melberg Schwier’s new book Flourish creates the right conditions for a little hell to break loose. That’s because it pays attention to the real stuff of life – beauty, love, hospitality, longing, desire, messiness, passion, pleasure, joy, celebration… This remarkable book tells the story of dozens of folks who... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2012 at Al Etmanski
Something is in the air in my home town. Posters on bulletin boards everywhere including my favourite bagel shop. Daily op- ed features in the Vancouver Sun. An ambitious week long 'public square' celebration and dialogue beginning September 18th and hosted by Simon Fraser University on the glue that binds... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2012 at Al Etmanski
It is peak season for US politics. We non-Americans watch entranced and disgusted by the search for shadows that are bound to lurk in the hearts of Presidential opponents, as they do in each of us. Hubris takes no prisoners as it fractures into partisan flags flying from solitary peaks.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2012 at Al Etmanski
Gregor Wolbring is the purest, cheekiest and most prolific commentator I know on issues affecting people with disabilities. Perhaps it's his European origins blended with his Albertan sensibilities as Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary. He does not appear to be constrained by the usual nuances of language... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2012 at Al Etmanski
The Maytree Foundation runs a marvellous lunch and learn series titled Five Good Ideas. They cover just about everything and are worth having a look at. Fortunately they have released a compilation of their first years called not surprisingly Five Good Ideas - Practical Strategies for Non-Profit Success. You can... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at Al Etmanski
An eloquent champion for civic values, community life and charities has emerged on the Canadian scene. Cardus (see note below) is a Canadian think tank which draws, "on more than 2000 years of Christian social thought, and works to enrich and challenge public debate through research, events and publications, for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2012 at Al Etmanski
Many of us believe we should not rely on the institutions of government, business and non profits to solve our toughest societal challenges on their own. Who then can we count on? The answer, if you follow John McKnight's work, is to rely on each other particularly when we come... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2012 at Al Etmanski
Arthur Wood is the Einstein of social finance. You may not immediately understand everything he says, writes or does but you know he is worth paying attention to. For example, several years ago on a whiteboard in Vancouver he sketched out the basic concept of what would become Social Impact... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2012 at Al Etmanski
When Charlie Leadbeater visited British Columbia earlier this year he commented on three strategic social innovation advantages BC has compared to other jurisdictions. One is the presence of First Nations leadership connected to a heritage of resilience, creativity amidst adversity and wisdom. The other is Vancity Credit Union - a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2012 at Al Etmanski
The rest of Canada was slow to pick up on the student demonstrations in Montreal. There have been nightly parades, demonstrations and rallies for over one hundred days straight. Usually they involve tens of thousands and sometimes hundreds of thousands. However as these spread to other parts of Quebec and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2012 at Al Etmanski
Nice to hear from you Cathy - the organization was BCACL not PLAN. Delighted to hear about Jeff - my very best wishes. Al
The impact was dramatic. First we lost all our government funding as part of an omnibus bill within a massive restraint program. Then we were obliged to submit to a long onerous and time consuming Income Tax audit. The third was revealed a few years later – a Cabinet Memo... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2012 at Al Etmanski
Here is an excerpt from a recent breakfast presentation sponsored by Metro Vancouver. I had the pleasure of co-presenting with Catherine Clement and Lidia Kemeny, two leading philanthropists with the Vancouver Foundation. Illustration opposite courtesy my talented Australian friend Paul Pholeros. ... I call Belonging a 21ST CHALLENGE for two... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2012 at Al Etmanski
For the past year I've been part of a group developing BC Ideas - a web based, crowd sourcing platform seeking innovative solutions to some of British Columbia's tough social and environmental challenges. All ideas welcome. No idea too big or too small! BC Ideas is also one of the... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2012 at Al Etmanski
At a recent Public Policy Forum dinner honouring Canada's six living former Prime Ministers, Joe Clark spoke about the critical talents required for a changing world. It is a world in which non - governmental organizations may have more power and influence than states themselves. He cited these examples. Amnesty... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2012 at Al Etmanski
The BC Social Innovation Council released its final report, Action Plan Recommendations to Maximize Social Innovation in British Columbia, on Friday April 27th. Here is the report. The eleven recommendations are meant to enhance the work of social innovators and entrepreneurs today as well as creating opportunities for new ideas... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2012 at Al Etmanski
Consider this: there are more First Nations youth in government care today than at the height of the residential school travesty in Canada funding for on -reserve schools is 25 per cent less than funding for public schools and only 40 per cent of first nations students on reserve graduate.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2012 at Al Etmanski
Hope everyone enjoyed this piece as much as I did creating it... See you next year.
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My blog has been silent these past two weeks because I've been engaged in confidential negotiations with the federal government associated with their recent budget. I'm now in a position to make an informal announcement. Full details will be released by the PM at a press conference this week. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2012 at Al Etmanski
I am in Ireland at Ashoka's massive Change Nation initiative (more on this soon). One of the organizers is Caroline Casey an Ashoka fellow and force of nature. Here is Caroline's response to What Are You Skating Towards in 2012? Download the full collection here. A Global Disability Business Movement... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2012 at Al Etmanski
I am always attracted to unoccupied space. Realms where the dominant culture has not advanced its patriarchal or empire narrative."writes Peter Block in the collection What Are You Skating Towards in 2012? His essay is one of 60 which begins to occupy this space. Combined they are, as Gord Tulloch... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2012 at Al Etmanski