The HUMANitarians project; Juozas & Anita make me proud to be a Canadian

Sometimes, if you’re lucky, your path merges with individuals who make you think, bring a smile to your face, a warmth to your heart & inspire you to action. Juozas Cernius & Anita Vizsy are two such folks.  They’re in East Africa to document Canadians doing good work.  It’s part of a photographic documentary project […]

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What does school really teach children?

After a long, challenging year where one of my kids wasn’t invited back from one school year to the next (an almost straight A student &  class president) I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about formal education. Some schools teach the above.   So do some trainers. Authority, compliance & repetition rules. My kids have […]

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The Rock.Paper.Scissors newsletter is out: resources related to Emmanuel Jal, former child soldier

This month’s Rock.Paper.Scissors e-newsletter focuses on what Emmanuel Jal, international hip-hop star & former child soldier had to say when I sat down with him.  Read the entire issue here.  Not on the monthly e-newsletter mailing list?  Sign up for free here. Emmanuel Jal.  If he’s not on your radar, he should be. The following […]

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Training & development learning well December blog post round up

December is about to bid farewell & with that, usher in a new year.  If you didn’t catch all the posts this month simply usher yourself down to the well & click as you wish. Learn well in the training & development learning well. Dive deep into the learning well or take a small sip. […]

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I’m selling my soul, are you?

I sold my soul. I sold my soul in New York City. I’m still selling my soul. I will always sell my soul. Perspective.  It’s a tricky thing.  It’s an intriguing thing.  It can be a brick wall or a wide open window.  The number one hit on ‘selling your soul’ is selling your soul […]

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Perspective on public peeing – are public toilets a gift? (& other issues of access & inclusion)

Skip to the loo – why public toilets matter is a fascinating article by Michael Harris in the Walrus magazine. Have you ever been caught needing to use a public toilet and yet not being able to find one? Ever talked your way into a restaurant bathroom, in a restaurant that you weren’t eating in, […]

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Chris Weeks, DHL’s Director of Humanitarian Affairs, on corporate responsibility

Recently I co-hosted AIESEC’s Youth to Business Forum where 500 delegates came from 110 countries to engage, inspire and take action on three tracks: innovation, corporate responsibility and leadership.  That’s my co-host Krishnan Ananthakrishnan, from UNHABITAT, and I above. It was a real honour to meet some of the delegates and key speakers.  Here are […]

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Learning about change & the power of music to rock the world from United Nations ‘Messenger of Truth’ Sara Mitaru©

Imagine being able to write “Messenger of Truth” as a job title on your CV.  That’s what the incomparable Sara Mitaru can claim. What exactly is a messenger of truth?  The United Nation’s Messengers of Truth (MOT) Project has 3 major objectives: to inform youth living in slums and inner cities of the Millennium Development […]

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Learning from a hole in the wall

Check out the video below about the TED hole in the wall educational experiment (forward to 7:15 min).  It’s the work of  Dr. Sugata Mitra, of India. His office butted up against a slum and one day he punched a hole in his wall and stuck a computer in it.  A computer that faced out, […]

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Kindness doesn’t have to be huge, hairy and hard to reach (or teach)

Some things are complicated.  Some things are complex.  Some things though are simple.  Deceptively simple. Like kindness. I love Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s Thought Bubble – Kindness video for that reason.  It’s not huge and hairy and hard to reach.  Rather it’s simple, soft and within our grasp.  It’s also easy to teach.  Kindness is the […]

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