Selected Writing

I'm curious about philanthropy, civil society, social entrepreneurship, and public diplomacy. Since 2007, I've been sharing and refining my thoughts.

Pennies for Charity and Copper for Government?

Canada getting rid of the penny has given me some good food for thought over the past few days, particularly since there has been promotion of charities using their 'drive' mentality to collect pennies from the public as a fundraising mechanism. The thought of...

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Pursuing Legacy

“I hate it when people call themselves “entrepreneurs” when what they’re really trying to do is launch a start-up and then sell or go public, so they can cash in and move on.  They’re unwilling to do the work it takes to build a real company, which is the hardest work...

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Social Enterprises Require the Build-to-Keep Crowd, Too.

The lure of technology lies in its dynamism. The development of sleeker hardware and faster software lingers just around the corner, fueling the competitive desire to get to it first. Within the organizations birthed by this drive, the lights are dim, the drive is...

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It’s about nuances, not breakthroughs

Public diplomacy is something I love and I think, something I practice, but not in the way I ever thought I would.  Today's Globe and Mail article on Allan Gotlieb  provided a beautiful snapshot of why I enjoy it so much.  (Emphasis is my own.) Diplomacy in...

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Beyond Micro-credit: What’s Next?

I had the privilege of helping to open the Calgary Microcredit Conference this past weekend on a panel with Mark Durieux, University of Calgary, and Rupert Scofield, FINCA where we provided our thoughts to answer the day’s question and conference theme: Microcredit...

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The Privilege of Doing Good

I winced slightly during the opening session of SOCAP and wondered if I’d wandered into another variation of dealing with white man’s guilt. Phrases like “changed forever”, “southeast Asia”, “compelled to do something”, and “Peace Corps” sounded like the clichés of...

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