When you drop the “V” word around most charities, we find ourselves thrown into impassioned conversations about volunteer recruitment, volunteer training, volunteer retention, volunteer engagement, and volunteer liability. In this flurry of volunteer utilization / mobilization / optimization talk, we rarely hear the conversation turn towards personal volunteering. Beyond volunteers as tools, we’re left with… Read More Volunteerism
In life, there are going to be seasons of feasts, seasons of regular meals, and seasons of snacks. It sounds simple but this insight from John Caplin, an organizational coach who has encouraged us greatly, has shaped much of our thinking in recent years. We’ve used this lens in how we parent, how we engage… Read More Skimming
There was so much to reflect on for our first Thanksgiving in Thailand. We have a lot to be grateful for and Thanksgiving gave us good reason to pause and look back on just how much life has changed over the past few months. To celebrate, we crammed a bunch of random Canadians in the… Read More Come and See
Learning organizational culture or community standards is a core element of moving into a new apartment building, accepting a new job, or meeting your significant other’s family. We do it all the time. So it is special when something from this acclamation process stands out. When we were preparing to move to Slovakia – our… Read More Put Down the Carving Knife
A Slovak, a Brit, and an Albertan walk into an apartment – this might sound like the start of a joke, but it was actually a visit we had this summer with dear friends we made in Slovakia. It was wonderful and life-giving to have friends from one chapter of our lives be present in… Read More First Love | Second Love
Tonight was Maclean’s National Leader Debate. If you missed it, the #macdebate hashtag will lead you to some insightful thoughts and some useless rants. Though we lived away from Canada, we voted. Since returning to Canada, we have voted. Not because we are the ultimate Canadians or champions of electoral rights, but rather we simply… Read More Research. Vote. In that order.
With “Sochi problems” trending around the world, the conversation about Russia (and by extension the Slavic world as there seems to be a misconception that all Slavic cultures are Russian-esque) hasn’t moved much beyond stereotypes. Admittedly, the number of athletes that have flown off alpine courses is alarming and the Ring of Steel is imposing,… Read More Why You Don’t Get Sochi