Democratic Engagement

One definition of a movement is an ongoing, informal group action that's inspired by a passionately shared idea and directed toward positive change. I believe such a "movement" is taking place and it will counteract the negative, destructive and divisive rhetoric that's sweeping across the United States, Europe and Canada. It involves empathetic individuals who are dedicated to... Read More

The Diverse Leadership Deficit

[caption id="attachment_203" align="alignleft" width="190" caption="Who is missing from the conversation among leaders?"][/caption]   A recent report from the DiverseCity project of the Toronto City Summit Alliance has (once again) raised concerns about the lack of racial diversity in the senior leadership ranks in one of the most multicultural and multiracial regions in the world. A report... Read More

Embracing the Future

[caption id="attachment_158" align="alignleft" width="180" caption="Re-imagining the Future"][/caption] Looking into the future forces you to come to terms with the present. That's precisely what happened recently at a workshop with senior police executives and leaders from a variety of services from across Canada. The session, led by futurist and political scientist Sohail Inayatullah, was held at the... Read More

Owe Canada

The debate over what it means to be a Canadian "citizen" or what is Canadian "culture" is an old one that returns with every new discussion of immigrants and immigration. As a new year approaches and the government plans to admit another 250,000 new immigrants into Canada -- about the same amount as 2009 -- the debate will no doubt... Read More

Complexities of Media Diversity in the Netherlands

[caption id="attachment_33" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Media Park in Hilversum, the Netherlands"][/caption]   Hilversum, the Netherlands: Hilversum is the media capital of the Netherlands all because a housekeeper refused to move to the capital city. According to a little-known story; the man (he lived in Eindhoven, 150 km south of Amsterdam) who got the license to operate the... Read More

Does “race” Matter?

Stockholm, Sweden: Majestic. Beautiful. Historic. Changing. Swedes have a wonderful word that expresses diversity: the “mangfald”, or “the “many-ness”. Immigration is quickly changing this “global city” and forcing many to confront a new mangfald – Sweden’s multicultural, multi-ethnic reality. Nowhere is this more evident than in media – in particular the public broadcaster, SVT, which has a policy for... Read More