Posts Tagged ‘Montreal’

  • Beware of applicant

    Beware of applicant

    September 1st, 2010 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | 2 Comments

    The other day I was quite struck by a seemingly ordinary sentence at the end of a job posting that I received from Santropol Roulant. “We encourage applicants to drop their CVs off in person.” I was a bit taken aback, less by the statement itself than by my own reaction to it. It felt […]

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  • Fierce intentions, humble means

    Fierce intentions, humble means

    August 21st, 2010 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson | 1 Comment

    Cameron’s recent post made me think of my friend Jonathan Glencross. That’s his picture on the left. Jonathan is a student at McGill who is disarmingly gifted at sparking visible, large-scale change. Last year he was the catalyst for the creation of a  $2.5 million sustainability project fund, financed and governed by students and administrators […]

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  • Why ‘what’ follows ‘why’: Organizational archeology

    Why ‘what’ follows ‘why’: Organizational archeology

    August 12th, 2010 | Expressive Change | Cameron Stiff | No Comments

    “Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t give an ‘I have a plan’ speech. He talked about his dream.” It’s perhaps the most effective way that Simon Sinek, in his TED talk on powerful leadership, makes his point about the power of belief to inspire action. Most of his examples centre around business innovation and business success, […]

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  • In memory of Penny

    In memory of Penny

    August 5th, 2010 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson | 4 Comments

    Last Saturday, Tana and I went to the funeral of Penny Parkes. We had gotten to know Penny through our work with Santropol Roulant. She was a client, volunteer, and board member there and reflected the spirit of the place in a beautiful and charming way all her own. Penny struggled with a degenerative disease, […]

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  • Anarchist soccer

    Anarchist soccer

    July 28th, 2010 | Expressive Change | Alex Megelas | 2 Comments

    Let’s talk about soccer. World Cup fever’s over and for all the emphasis on laudable value, ex – cross-cultural dialogue, athleticism, this is still a display that’s largely exclusionary.  For one thing, this is a game that thrives on competition. To play, you normally have to try and be good – moreso – you have […]

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  • My life as an organization

    My life as an organization

    July 13th, 2010 | Expressive Change | Alex Megelas | 3 Comments

    What would it look like if my life was an organization? This is the question I was left with last evening. Friends from different circles had come over to talk about sustainability in the home (windowsill gardening, composting, etc.) It was a nice, lively discussion that I’d been inspired to organize for a few months […]

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  • Managing relationships not people

    Managing relationships not people

    June 5th, 2010 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | 6 Comments

    “The smallest divisible human unit is two people, not one; one is a fiction. From such nets of souls societies, the social world, human life springs.” –Tony Kushner, Angels in America A few weeks ago, Rennie and I had the pleasure of convening a conversation about expressive change with a handful of folks in Montreal’s […]

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  • The practice of consensus

    The practice of consensus

    May 21st, 2010 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | 1 Comment

    Michael Lenczner recently posted a comment that got me thinking a bit more about specific practices of expressive change. He mentioned “check-ins” as being a pretty reliable practice in his experience and pondered on the potential of the Quaker tradition of “speaking from silence”. One that I find to be particularly helpful is a process […]

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  • Vulnerability as a strength

    Vulnerability as a strength

    May 11th, 2010 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | 9 Comments

    I recently finished reading the book Power and Love: A Theory and Practice of Social Change, by Adam Kahane. A number of the themes he raised in the book have had a kind of haunting effect on me. One point that I keep revisiting is the idea of approaching vulnerability as a source of wisdom rather […]

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  • Inverting your practice

    Inverting your practice

    May 9th, 2010 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson | No Comments

    One doorway into expressive change seems to be to turn your practice on yourself. What are your outwardly-aimed tools and approaches – the things you use to help your clients or further your mission? What would happen if you inverted these and used them to help your organization? Tana worked with a counseling organization in […]

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