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“It’s never too late to be who you might have been.”
– George Eliot
|WHY DO SOME DONORS THINK SOMEONE ELSE SHOULD PAY THE UTILITY BILL?
A colleague and friend from a utility company once told me that her company wanted ALL of their funding to go to our programs, nothing for lights, mileage, paper, printers, rent, etc. My response was: let’s pretend I get a utility bill and send in a cheque for 85% of the bill with a note indicating that the costs of the company’s accounting, facilities, vehicles, etc. should be paid by someone else, not me. Do you think I would get away with that?
THE ECONOMY IS NOT WORKING FOR THE MAJORITY
Did you know that only 38% of unemployed workers qualify for EI benefits AND that the EI program has been generating a cumulative surplus for years? Did you know that hundreds of thousands of Canadians are living pay check to pay check?
Why do we keep saying our economy is rocking and rolling in Edmonton when most Edmontonians are earning less than they were 28 years ago? Why are we putting more people in prison when crime is decreasing and don't you wonder why the numbers of visible minorities being jailed is increasing markedly?
Are you interested in understanding how the growing divide between the wealthy and poor is hurting our communities?
Find out HERE.
UPSIDE DOWN THINKING WORKSHOP AT BEYOND THE BASICS CONFERENCE
Upside Down Thinking is a cousin of the Wicked Question. The term sometimes has a negative connotation in that some people think upside down thinking represents the wrong way to think about the right thing. That is not how I use the term. Quite the contrary.
Upside Down Thinking is both a mindset and a tool to use to look at things in a totally different way. One who is engaged in such thinking is bound to deploy wicked questions to be sure, but Upside Down Thinking is a cognitive methodology and about more than crafting inquiry; it goes further to pose new realities or potential realities that run contrary to how we think and how we see our own identities within the context of our work.
Moreover, Upside Down Thinking has no loyalty to the status quo or to current tools or best practices. Its purpose is to give life to the contrarian within us and to help us see our world through eyes that wish to see something quite different from what is there.
I will be delivering a workshop on Upside Down Thinking on November 8, 2014 at the Beyond the Basics Conference, hosted by ECVO. Watch the ECVO website for announcements about the conference.
“The good we secure for
ourselves is precarious and
uncertain until it is secured for
all of us and incorporated into
our common life.”
― Jane Addams
|LET'S STOP JUST ASSUMING THAT NON-PROFITS SHOULD JUST BE RUN LIKE A BUSINESS
When business leaders cast their “non-profits should be more like us” into the philanthropic sea, I am often surprised – and a little dismayed – by the number of non-profit leaders who nod their heads up and down in agreement. I don’t know what troubles me more: the banker who thinks banking qualifies him as an expert in non-profit leadership and management or the non-profit executive who actually believes her sector should operate more like a bank. READ MORE HERE
FROM HERETICAL PROPOSITIONS
I am working on a book of essays, currently titled, Heretical Propositions. The first bit of writing from that book in progress I am sharing is called "Toward Democratic Philanthropy." The essay was motivated by a piece I read in the Atlantic Monthly by Jane Addams, which she wrote in 1899. Here's the paragraph that got me thinking:
“Many of the difficulties in philanthropy come from an unconscious division of the world into the philanthropists and those to be helped. It is all assumption of two classes, and against this class assumption our democratic training revolts as soon as we begin to act upon it.”
So far I have published two postings on this topic. Part One is HERE and Part Two is HERE.
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"French Painter Georges Braque once wrote; on art there is only one thing that counts: the thing you can’t explain. In the busyness of our days we often forget this mystery particularly as it relates to what lies in the ground beneath our feet. Yet what sits above can feel to us like an over worked and over – processed world – superficial, fabricated, manufactured and refined. Too often that which feeds does not fill us.
"We hunger for something real – words, ideas, connections, possibilities, food good enough to be eaten, food that still has the roots and dirt on. Perhaps these are the hungers we hold for leaders, to be people who live embodied and conscious lives, who are rooted to the land, who are vital and alive, who know what they love and where they belong, leaders who, when they speak, tell us who they are, how they live and… where they come from." See more at Michael's blog posting called
The Roots of Aliveness; The Art of Regenerative Leadership.