The “One Happy”

 The province of Saskatchewan has a booming economy but projections are that the current workforce will shrink as workers get older. So they are looking for workers. However, merely filling the ranks is not good enough. They must create an inclusive culture.  Despite being recognized as one of Canada's top "diversity employers", creating an inclusive culture is... Read More

RoadMap 2030: View from the Private Sector

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6OKbHbhrIk] The business community has been dealing with issues of diversity for many years, with many successes to show for their efforts. What can the public sector learn from business about collaborating with diverse communities, and leveraging the talent, resources and networks of these communities? And in what ways can public policy around diversity support... Read More

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

When S – – t Acquires Value: The Journey of FLOW Radio

Ten years ago a most remarkable thing happened on Toronto radio; Canada's first "urban music" -- read "black" -- radio station was launched.  There was a huge party in downtown Toronto with hundreds of jubilant people and thousands more listening to the live broadcast at home (I was among them) as Bob Marley's "Roots, Rock, Reggae”... 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

Confronting The Messy Side of Diversity

One year ago this month, a bold and out-of-the-frame project was launched to change the face of leadership in the city of Toronto. The primary goal of DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project was not merely to bring more diverse faces -- specifically non-whites -- into the boardrooms of power, it was about bringing people in... Read More