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Percolators

December 8th, 2016

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 in what you are proposing who can’t imagine anyone finer than you to deal with the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” that you will face…
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If It Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix It

December 1st, 2016

By Al Etmanski“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 performance. A recipe for disaster. A disaster that I had tried to prevent from the moment she was born. It was the scene
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Artist in Residence

November 24th, 2016

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 people wouldn’t have otherwise have thought of A release of creative energy within the groups and organizations. The question occurs; What would happen if people working…
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Q & A: How do we get policy makers to support our ideas?

November 23rd, 2016

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 is once you’ve got a well working prototype, how do you sell it to policy makers/funders? It’s the last bubble on the Human Centered…
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For Caregivers, It’s All About Gratitude

November 22nd, 2016

My husband Jim and I are in Milwaukee visiting our daughter.  Natalie works here at an arts research foundation and we really wanted to see where she lives (it’s so important for us parents to visualise our kids in their surroundings!). It’s a wonderful city and we’re excited to leave for Dayton, OH tomorrow where we’re joining Natalie’s boyfriend and…
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The Social Finance Deal that Keeps on Giving

November 17th, 2016

By Al Etmanski Take two geniuses. The one, Bob Williams, who many consider to be the “social, environmental and economic architect” of modern British Columbia. The other, internationally renowned architect, Bing Thom. Present them with a high-rise mall in decline in an area of Surrey surrounded by abandoned buildings and boarded-up storefronts. And you get Surrey Central City,…
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IMPACT-Ability Webinar with Ben Weinlick: Recap

November 16th, 2016

On November 14, Al Etmanski and Vickie Cammack had the pleasure of talking with Ben Weinlick about Setting the Table for Allies, Adversaries, and Strangers for the third part of our IMPACT-Ability Webinar Series. If you don’t know Ben, as Al describes him, he is a “hip, young man” who is part of a growing group of young innovators…
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Study: Savings for Person with Disabilities

November 14th, 2016

Malatest is conducting a survey on behalf of Employment and Social Development Canada about how Canadians with disabilities save for their future. If you are a Canadian with a disability who does not have a Registered Disability Savings Plan, we would like to hear your opinion! Please contact us at 1-855-412-1942 to complete a short survey. You will be helping…
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Two Eyed Seeing: The Common Wisdom of Aboriginal Peoples and Caregivers

November 13th, 2016

Last week I happened to be in Toronto for a Master Class in patient and family oriented research. I’m passionate about putting the patient and family experience at the heart of research so that we can have programs and services based on the truth of what happens at home when those we love become ill or infirm.  Anyway, that…
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Remembering My Father Today

November 11th, 2016

Today is Remembrance Day in Canada, Veteran’s Day in the United States. 
Today I remember my father, James Edward Thomson, who fought in Europe with the Royal Montreal Regiment and won an award for bravery from King George and was mentioned in dispatches. Near Antwerp, my Dad was off-duty and walking back to barracks when he noticed a crowd
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