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Peace You Can Count On

In early October 2016, thousands of Jewish and Arab women began a two week March of Hope walking from the banks of the Jordan River near Jericho, to Jerusalem. Their purpose – a viable …

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Angels

This post isn’t about the alarming number of British Columbians who are dying of drug overdoses. It is about those who didn’t die because of the angels who saved their lives. These angels, there’s …

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Art, Science and Community Connections

By Vickie Cammack Our connectedness to one and other is often what is best about being human. PLAN began over 25 years ago with what was then a radical view – the limitations of services …

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The New Underground Railroad

I’ve written previously about a world class innovation by Canadian citizens that inspired a new approach to refugee sponsorship. This social innovation emerged in the 1970’s because the Canadian government couldn’t keep pace with …

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Unwrapping the Gift of Hospitality

By Vickie Cammack A winding path leads to Lynette’s brightly painted front door.   The bell is barely rung and there she is, eyes twinkling, smile beaming, extending her hand in welcome.  ‘How lovely …

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Tips for Younger Families

The future may seem an elusive concept when you are young. It is hard to think about the future when the present is so demanding. Planning your Will and establishing a trust for your …

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Percolators

Behind successful change-makers are people: who bubble with enthusiasm for the idea you want to explore who say, “Why not?” and offer another dozen reasons why you should try it who see the majesty …

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If It Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix It

“My name is Liz and I have Down syndrome.” She strode onto the stage without notes, without preparation, and seemingly without a care. A hundred pairs of eyes were anticipating her spoken word poetry …

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Artist in Residence

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing what happens when non-profit and social change-oriented groups hook up with artists on specific projects. The results include: New perspectives on challenges that have resisted previous efforts Solutions …

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Q & A: How do we get policy makers to support our ideas?

After the Impact-Ability Webinar last week with Ben Weinlick, one of the participants asked a really interesting question to which Ben sent back a thoughtful response. One of the big challenges with human centered design innovations …

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