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Harm happens, intended or not
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Not intending to cause harm does not mean that harm is not caused. For those of us causing harm, we use this ‘lack of intention’ as a defence mechanism, to distance ourselves from the discomfort of knowing that we did cause harm. It’s a defence mechanism that makes learning un...
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A welcoming city has transportation choices
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It doesn’t feel good when people in your city scream at you. Last month I was on my bike, on a downtown street, making my way to the new bike lanes a few blocks away. A truck driver yelled at the top of his lungs: USE THE F$&#ING BIKE LANES!!! Only three days before this … Conti...
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Encourage youth to leave your city (part 2)
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A city that embodies courage, invention, cooperation and openness encourages its youth to leave the city. In heeding the call to adventure they are furthering their own growth and development and, potentially, the growth of their city as well. And if we do two things — encourage their jou...
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Encourage youth to leave your city (part 1)
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A city that is confident in itself encourages youth to go out and experience the world beyond the city they know — not try to keep them at home. A city that is confident in itself trusts that gains received by sending young explorers out into the world exceeds perceived benefits of holdin...
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94 birthday wishes
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I am no longer Canada’s biggest fan, as I used to be. At Canada’a 125th birthday I was a big fan of Canada. I was a crazy fan doing my bit, at 22, to make sure Quebec and Canada stayed together. The context: The failed Meech Lake Accord in 1987, an attempt to have Quebec endorse the...
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Self empowerment threatens
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Self empowerment threatens the stories we have been telling ourselves for as long as we can remember. Whether its myself I’m empowering, or watching another reach into their own empowerment, my life is changing. My choice: be upset, feel threatened, find ways to thwart the coming change b...
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Beware listening through stories
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On February 3, 2017 my former partner and I shared parallel messages to let friends know what was happening in our personal lives: This message let a wider circle of friends know what was happening in our internal worlds, but for most of my interactions with people, for months, when asked ̶...
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s t r e t c h i n g
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s t r e t c h i n g stretching is the power to welcome growing appreciation for play for belonging safely in gratitude sitting together in fun and friendship with open hearts allows discernment for next steps hosting slowly to go far in synergies of joy and unexpected gifts of seeing  our quive...
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Take the stage
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  When learners get to take the stage and show what they know, in whatever way they choose, it is amazing what will come out. They seem to learn more with this responsibility. At the end of The Art of Hosting the Beauty in Difference last month, participants hosted themselves to notice wha...
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Depths of my inside world
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The longer arm points to the camp where I find prejudice and hurt and hope in the personal and local I’m not so naive  as I’m growing, discerning what to say what to be thankful for what to look to: a spiral of fear or the good that always comes what feeds my spirit it is easy ̷...
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