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Five Good Ideas Podcast
45 minutes | 3 months ago
Five Good Ideas about fundraising in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic
In this session, originally recorded on June 30, 2020, we asked Lindsay Groves and Susan Vardon to share five good Ideas about fundraising in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this period of uncertainty created by the Covid-19 pandemic, many non-profit organizations have revised budgets and modified revenue projections to reflect the new reality. While it’s essential that we exercise caution in our outlook, we must also seek every opportunity to set priorities and plans that strengthen our fundraising potential in 2020 and 2021. Lindsay Groves, Vice President, Global Partnerships, and Susan Vardon, Canadian National Director, both of Right To Play International, share ideas on how to re-think your case for giving, innovate your approaches to communications and stewardship to maintain relationships with government partners and individual and corporate donors, as well as recover revenue from lost special events. Five Good Ideas Evolve your case for giving Stay close to “family” Get creative with your grant portfolio Re-frame your special events Leverage technology to advance relationships Related resource: Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP): Coronavirus/ COVID-19 resource guide Oxford Group: Insights Global Giving: Eight tips for compassionate fundraising during COVID-19 Philanthropy Daily: How to recover revenue from canceled fundraising events KCI: COVID 19’s impact on Canadian fundraising For the full transcript, visit https://maytree.com/five-good-ideas/five-good-ideas-about-fundraising-in-the-time-of-the-covid-19-pandemic/ About Lindsay Groves and Susan Vardon Lindsay Groves is the Vice President for Global Partnerships at Right To Play. Lindsay joined Right To Play’s Global Office in 2008. As the Vice-President for Global Partnerships, Lindsay builds impactful partnerships and programs that empower children to rise above the challenges they face. Lindsay has a Bachelor of Arts from Queens University, a post-graduate degree in International Project Management from Humber College and a Masters of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. Susan Vardon is the National Director at Right To Play Canada and has been in that role since September of 2019. She leads a team that fundraises from Canadians for both global programs and partnerships with Indigenous communities in Canada that support children through the power of play. Prior to joining Right To Play, Susan was the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) for 3.5 years. Before CFCC, Susan spent over 20 years at United Way Greater Toronto in a variety of different roles. Susan has also worked as a fundraiser at Queen’s University, The Wellesley Hospital and Upper Canada College. Susan graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University in 1988 and has a CFRE, Certified Fundraising Executive, designation. When not working, Susan likes to hang out with her family at their cabin in the woods, eat good food, read fiction, run recreationally and paddle a canoe.
25 minutes | 5 months ago
Five good ideas about maintaining morale while managing a remote team
In this session, originally recorded on May 6, 2020, Christine Yip shares her five good ideas about maintaining morale while managing a remote team. After a few months of working from home, most of us will have fallen into some type of routine. At the same time, removed from our daily in-person contacts, relying on regular video calls, watching too many news conferences hoping for an easing of the restrictions, many may also feel a renewed sense of anxiety. Some of you may start to feel “fed up” with being stuck inside, having a hard time getting motivated to get your day started, or keeping a good balance between being at your (home) work desk and getting a good rest away from your desk. And for those of us managing a team, now remotely, we have the additional task of making sure everyone is doing well and keeping mentally healthy. Five Good Ideas Be clear and realistic about expectations Be flexible and respect boundaries Communicate effectively Provide space to “recharge” Take time to take care of yourself Related resource: Working from Home: The Good, The Bad, and The Key to Success Access additional resources at orgsforimpact.com/resources For the full transcript, visit https://maytree.com/stories/five-good-ideas-about-maintaining-morale-while-managing-a-remote-team/ About Christine Yip Christine Yip is the Founder of Organizations for Impact, a management consultancy that works with leaders across sectors to build more inclusive, psychologically safe, and empowering workplace cultures. Previous to this, Christine worked as a Manager at both Accenture and KPMG consulting practices, and as a social policy researcher at the University of Toronto’s Mowat Centre and the London School of Economics’ Centre for Analysis and Social Exclusion. She holds a Masters Degree in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Guelph. She also teaches Change Management at York’s Schulich School of Business.
52 minutes | 6 months ago
Five good ideas about re-opening your workplace post COVID-19
In this session, originally recorded on May 26, 2020, Robyn Osgood and Dave McKechnie share their five good ideas about re-opening your workplace post COVID-19. Robyn Osgood, Managing Director, McMillan Vantage Policy Group, and Dave McKechnie, Chair, Employment & Labour Relations, McMillan LLP, discussed their five good ideas for organizations to implement as we think about re-opening our workplaces, including re-examining how we work and implementing lessons learned over the course of the COVID-19 crisis. Five Good Ideas It’s chaos, be kind (learn to embrace the chaos while sweating the big stuff) Level up: it’s (past) time to upgrade (and it’s not just about technology) Figure out what’s worked and hasn’t worked (and who it is that makes the determination) Know your team: what will it take for people to work in an office Hold up a mirror: do as you say Additional resources: Presentation slides (PDF) Returning to Work: Is Your Organization Ready? (PDF): A three-point Return-to-Work Health Check to help associations and not-for-profits navigate the new normal McMillan Lawcasts: Archive of webinars to help you and your team stay current on the latest legal developments (note: free registration required) Edited online chat transcript For the full transcript, visit https://maytree.com/stories/five-good-ideas-about-re-opening-your-workplace-post-covid-19/ About Robyn Osgood and Dave McKechnie Robyn Osgood is a Managing Director at McMillan Vantage Policy Group. She has almost 30 years of experience providing strategic communications counsel and developing and implementing communications plans. She has worked extensively with the NGO sector over that time. Dave McKechnie is the Chair of Employment & Labour Relations, McMillan LLP. He practices in all areas of labour and employment law at both the provincial and federal level. The podcast is provided for general information purposes only. It is neither intended as, nor should be considered, legal advice and listeners are cautioned against making any decisions based on this material alone. Rather, a qualified lawyer should be consulted. © McMillan LLP 2020.
37 minutes | 9 months ago
Five Good Ideas about building power for change
In this session, originally recorded on February 26, 2020, we look at how to build democratic power for change. Our speaker for this session is Michal Hay, the Founding Executive Director of Progress Toronto. As an organizer, her focus is on bridging the gap between people and the political power needed for progressive change. Our cities are becoming increasingly unaffordable and income inequality is widening faster than ever before. People, communities, and an entire generation are being squeezed out. The decisions made in the halls of power can either take us down a more progressive path or deepen the divide. Unfortunately, many decision-makers are removed from the day-to-day experiences of the people they represent. So how can we influence and shape the decisions being made? What power do we have to create meaningful change and transform our cities? In this Five Good Ideas session, Michal Hay shares her experiences on building power, winning, and making change. She offers five good ideas for building democratic power to win. Five Good Ideas 1. The power we have is people 2. Our power increases as our numbers increase, and for that to truly/deeply happen we need distributed leadership 3. Invest in building power. That means training people and giving them the opportunity to apply the skills and lead 4. Share your strategy, goals, and priorities with people to help train and motivate them 5. Every campaign is an opportunity build power and ideally to build on what was built before Resources 1. Movement School’s Campaign Fellows. This 10-week intensive campaign simulation cultivates leaders to run, and win, grassroots campaigns. Movement School is an initiative connected to Justice Democrats, a coalition working to elect more progressives in America. https://www.movementschool.us/campaignfellows 2. Our Revolution. This organization was formed after Bernie Sanders first presidential campaign in 2016. Outside of the presidential election they have run issue-based campaigns and supported candidates in local and state election. https://www.ourrevolution.com/ 3. Barcelona en Comú. In 2015, Ada Colau became the mayor of Barcelona from a historic campaign that involved as many people. Her organizing and leadership is changing the city. https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/jun/22/barcelona-comun-guide-how-win-city-elite 4. Make the Road New York. They focus on building the power of immigrant and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice. Check out their leadership development programs — and victories to be inspired. https://maketheroadny.org/ 5. Push Buffalo. A locally based organization that believes deeply in people power by mobilizing residents to create strong neighbourhoods with affordable housing through efforts like expanding local hiring opportunities, and advancing economic and environmental justice. https://www.pushbuffalo.org/mission/ For the full transcript, visit https://maytree.com/five-good-ideas/five-good-ideas-about-building-power-for-change/ About Michal Hay Michal Hay is the Founding Executive Director of Progress Toronto. Her focus in organizing, whether through an issue-based or electoral campaign, is bridging the gaps between people and the political power needed for progressive change. She hopes to create the space for people to advocate for the city they need. Michal was 2017 Campaign Director for Jagmeet Singh’s successful NDP Leadership Campaign, and she was one of Chatelaine’s Top Women in Canada of 2017. She is on the Board of Directors of the Broadbent Institute and the Toronto Environmental Alliance. Michal was Chief of Staff to Toronto City Councillor Mike Layton for six years, and in 2014 she was Field Director for Olivia Chow’s Toronto Mayoral Campaign. Through her work and activism, she has had leading roles on a number of issue-based and electoral campaigns at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels across Canada.
33 minutes | 9 months ago
Five Good Ideas about creating a psychologically safe workplace culture
In this session, originally recorded on January 28, 2020, we look at how individuals, managers, and organizations can create psychologically safe workplaces with Christine Yip. As work becomes busier, deadlines tighter, and pressure to do more with less becomes the rule rather than the exception, it is not surprising that the “self-care” movement has become more popular than ever. But as organizations continue to require their people to deliver more with less, “self-care” strategies can only go so far. In this Five Good Ideas session, Christine Yip, founder of Organizations for Impact, shares her own personal experience surviving and thriving in high pressure work environments, as well as practical strategies individuals, managers, and organizations can put into practice to “walk the talk” in creating psychologically safe workplaces. Five Good Ideas 1. Start with compassion – for yourself and those you work with 2. Communicate with courage 3. Find the “Positive Deviants” and share learnings 4. Role model and reward behaviours that promote trust, empathy, and support 5. Set up accountability mechanisms to foster a culture of psychological safety Resources 1. TedTalk Dan Cable: Best-Self Activation | Professor Dan Cable | TEDx London Business School 2. National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (Mental Health Commission of Canada) 3. Guarding Minds at Work Survey & Business Case Tools (Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction) 4. Workplace Strategies for Mental Health by Canada Life 5. Google Re:Work Toolkit for Psychological Safety For the full transcript, visit https://maytree.com/five-good-ideas/five-good-ideas-about-creating-a-psychologically-safe-workplace-culture/ About Christine Yip Christine Yip is the Founder of Organizations for Impact, a management consultancy that works with leaders across sectors to build more inclusive, psychologically safe, and empowering workplace cultures. Previous to this, Christine worked as a Manager at both Accenture and KPMG consulting practices, and as a social policy researcher at the University of Toronto’s Mowat Centre and the London School of Economics’ Centre for Analysis and Social Exclusion. She holds a Masters Degree in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Guelph. She also teaches Change Management at York’s Schulich School of Business.
36 minutes | a year ago
Five Good Ideas about staying on the right side of the CRA
In this session, originally recorded on November 26, 2019, we look at how your non-profit can minimize the risk of a CRA audit, and be in a good position if and when that auditor gives your organization a call. Our guest speaker for this session is Susan Manwaring. For the full transcript and the ideas, visit https://maytree.com/five-good-ideas/five-good-ideas-about-staying-on-the-right-side-of-the-cra/ Charities know about the tax regulations that govern their work and work hard to stay compliant. That said, as organizations are all faced with competing pressures for time and resources in their work, it is often tough to prioritize what gets done and figure out how to meet these requirements efficiently. But there are things your organization can do when operating and maintaining its books and records to ensure that the CRA gives you a good report card if an audit occurs. In this session, learn about five good ideas to help minimize the risk of a CRA audit and be in a good position if and when the CRA auditor gives your organization a call Five Good Ideas 1. Know your charitable purpose and stay focused on furthering your mission 2. Understand the CRA rules and regulations 3. Organize your books and records 4. Don’t be fearful if contacted by CRA 5. Prepare! Prepare! Prepare! – Consult internally and with your advisors before CRA arrives Resources 1. Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Canada: Not-for-profit governance: Summary resource guide 2. Imagine Canada: Charity tax tools – record keeping 3. Robert Hayhoe, Miller Thomson LLP: Canada Customs and Revenue Agency charity audits 4. Canada Revenue Agency: Public policy dialogue and development activities by charities 5. Canada Revenue Agency: Compliance and audits 6. Canada Revenue Agency: Issuing receipts A cautionary note The ideas and resources are provided for general information purposes only. They are neither intended as, nor should be considered, legal advice, and readers and viewers are cautioned against making any decisions based on this material alone. Rather, a qualified lawyer should be consulted. About Susan Manwaring Susan Manwaring is a recognized leading expert advising social enterprises, charities and non-profits in her practice. Susan provides both general counsel and specialized tax advice to her clients across Canada and internationally. Susan is the national lead of the Social Impact Group at Miller Thomson LLP. In addition to her work as general counsel to charities and non-profits, Susan has particular expertise in complex issues and provides sophisticated advice on social enterprise and social finance issues. Susan worked on the first two provincial or federal government funded Social Impact Bonds with clients of the firm. She has advised numerous social enterprises about regulatory and structuring issues and works with public and private foundations in the field of mission investing and social finance. She also assists clients undergoing tax audits or other regulatory issues, including legal matters relating to Canadian anti-spam law. Susan is regularly called upon to advise charities and non-profit organizations on compliance and taxation matters under the Income Tax Act, as well as other relevant provincial tax regulations. Susan was appointed as a member of the Canada Revenue Agency Consultation Panel on Political Activities of Charities. Susan writes and speaks frequently on social enterprise, social finance and other non-profit and charities-related issues.
29 minutes | a year ago
Five Good Ideas about podcasting with a purpose
In the session you’re about to hear, originally recorded on October 29, 2019, we look at podcasting as a tool for non-profits to reach and engage new audiences. As we began to explore the medium of podcasting at Maytree, we reached out to Ausma Malik, Director of Social Engagement at the Atkinson Foundation and the host and producer of its popular Just Work It podcast. Ausma is a longtime podcast enthusiast, and has a background in policy, social justice, community organizing, and communications. For the full transcript and the ideas, visit https://maytree.com/five-good-ideas/five-good-ideas-about-podcasting-with-a-purpose/ Podcasting is growing in popularity as a tool for reaching and engaging new audiences. But how can non-profits use it to fulfill their missions? Ausma shares her experience as the host-producer of Atkinson’s Just Work It podcast and offers five good ideas for getting your purpose into people’s heads, hearts, and action plans through a podcasting strategy. Five Good Ideas 1. Lead with your story. Know your own experiences and beliefs. 2. Listen closely. Immerse yourself in your audience’s culture and realities. 3. Choose your collaborators wisely. Balance audience insight, content flair, and technical expertise. 4. Mine each story for gold. Give your audience something valuable and remarkable. 5. Love your topic for real. Trust your audience to perceive if you do – or don’t! Resources Ausma told us that she learned the most about podcasting from the podcasters and podcasts she loves. These examples have shown her what “podcasting with a purpose” can sound like. 1. Uncommon insider perspectives told brilliantly. On Ear Hustle, those who are living life inside prison share their daily realities. 2. The podcasters are on the same wavelength as their audience. Call Your Girlfriendis a fun and clever conversation between two long-distance friends who riff about politics, feminism, and pop culture weekly. 3. Dominant narratives are interrogated. The Secret Life of Canadais about “the country you know and the stories you don’t” and makes being a history buff cool. 4. Engages complexity and facilitates reflection. On Beingholds the ultimate and messy questions that animate our lives, and offers a platform for answering them at your own speed. 5. Tunes into the voices of people and the moments that define them. Every episode of Tell Them I Amis pure storytelling gold. Host Misha Euceph has created an excellent “How to Make a Podcast” guide. About Ausma Malik Ausma Malik joined Atkinson as Director of Social Engagement in May 2016. She brings a background in policy, community organizing and communication to the team, having worked at Queen’s Park and as the Director of Campaigns and Community Outreach at the Stephen Lewis Foundation. From 2014 – 2018, Ausma was a Toronto District School Board Trustee for Ward 10 (Trinity-Spadina). She is a lifelong human rights and social justice activist who has taken on a variety of leadership roles within the community over the years.
28 minutes | a year ago
Five Good Ideas about reflexive leadership
In this session, you’ll hear Paulette’s ideas on reflexive leadership as a lifelong effort to do the hard work of changemaking, starting with yourself and moving outward to your organization and broader society. For the full transcript and the ideas, visit https://maytree.com/five-good-ideas/five-good-ideas-about-reflexive-leadership/. Every leader wants to become the most effective they can be, and leaders of changemaking organizations carry a special responsibility to “be the change.” But there’s always a gap between how you see yourself and how others see and experience you. Closing that gap – enabling your “inner leader” to match your “outer leader” – requires a reflexive leadership approach. It helps expand your consciousness of who you are and how you show up in the work you do, as well as how you fit in a broader context of systemic realities that lie outside of you but deeply impact you and your communities every day. In this session, Paulette Senior provides key insights on reflexive leadership as a lifelong effort to do the hard work of changemaking, starting with yourself and moving outward to your organization and the broader society itself. Five Good Ideas 1. Stop going in circles 2. Circle back 3. Draw a new circle 4. Explore what’s in the circle 5. Complete the circle Resources 1. Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most, by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton and Sheila Heen 2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey 3. Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity, by Kim Scott 4. Dancing on Live Embers: Challenging Racism in Organizations, by Tina Lopes and Barb Thomas 5. The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias, by Dolly Chugh About Paulette Senior Paulette Senior has devoted her life and career to breaking down systemic barriers and building up diverse women and girls. Her personal experience immigrating to Canada from Jamaica as a young girl ignited her interest in social justice and helped make her the dynamic, grounded leader she is today. Paulette’s career began in social services in some of Toronto’s most underserved neighbourhoods. She witnessed the need for systemic change and learned the power of putting the voices of women and equity-seeking communities first. She became known for her excellence in shelter, employment, and housing service provision, as well as for her intersectional approach to advocacy. She has earned numerous awards and has become one of the most respected women leaders in Canada. In 2016, Paulette joined the Canadian Women’s Foundation as President and CEO after a decade serving as CEO of YWCA Canada. She is a sought-after thought-leader on numerous issues including gender equity and gender-based violence; women’s poverty and the wage gap; girls’ empowerment; and leadership. Her focus at the Foundation is to bolster an inclusive national movement for all women, girls, and communities across Canada.
33 minutes | a year ago
Five Good Ideas for building strong teams
In this session, originally recorded on April 30, 2019, we tackle team-building with Naki Osutei. For the full transcript and ideas, visit https://maytree.com/five-good-ideas/five-good-ideas-for-building-strong-teams/ Individuals may generate ideas but teams bring them to life. In some cases we are working with teams of people who report to us in a workplace setting, in other instances our teams may be composed of volunteers. We may have a team of 2 people or a team of 200. But in all cases, the strongest teams are made up of people who believe that their efforts will have positive impact and also (less widely discussed) offer them personal benefit. In this Five Good Ideas session, Naki Osutei talks about her ideas for building teams that deliver projects and uplift people. Five Good Ideas 1. Make your team’s existence mission-worthy 2. Choose knowledge over likeability 3. Create a psychologically safe environment – every day 4. Set the bar very high 5. Build your team’s origin story AND your future success story Resources 1. The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle 2. Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz Wiseman 3. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 4. Podcast: Work Life with Adam Grant 5. TED Talks: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain: and Color Blind or Color Brave by Mellody Hobson About Naki Osutei Naki Osutei is the Associate Vice President of Partnerships and Engagement for the Global Corporate Citizenship department at TD Bank. Prior to coming to TD, Naki worked at CIBC supporting the development of executives and working to diversify the executive pipeline. She also led the corporate diversity and legacy strategies for the TORONTO2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. Naki has developed several city-building projects and leadership development programs at CivicAction in Toronto, including co-creating DiverseCity Fellows, which has been called North America’s first “civic MBA.” She is also a speaking coach for TEDxToronto.
43 minutes | a year ago
Five Good Ideas about bridging the age and culture gap for the new workplace
In this session, originally recorded on March 28, 2019, we look at how to bridge the age and culture gap for the new workplace with our speakers Agapi Gessesse and Nation Cheong. For the full transcript, visit https://maytree.com/five-good-ideas/five-good-ideas-about-bridging-the-age-and-culture-gap-for-the-new-workplace/ There is a big shift in the workplace underway right now: younger generations are replacing the large number of current leaders who are retiring. And as this group of young people navigates their way into the sector, they also have to deal with the many myths and stereotypes that seem to follow them everywhere they go. Nation Cheong and Agapi Gessesse attempted to dismantle these myths and share their ideas on how to engage, include, and support young people so that they become authentic, strong, resilient, and accountable leaders for the future. Five Good Ideas 1. Acknowledge and reflect values, urgency, and confusion 2. Start with career mapping to set a path for your younger workers 3. Inspire buy-in and loyalty by having a clear learning agenda and intentional opportunities to apply personal assets and skills 4. Create coaching and mentorship opportunities with a broad network of experienced workers 5. Cultivate and encourage entrepreneurship through training – balancing autonomy with developing new competencies Resources 1. ONN Report Leading Our Future 2. Mowat report Shaping the Future 3. The Deloitte Millennial Survey 2018 4. Blog post by Giselle Kovary, founder of NGEN Performance (a Canadian organization that does research on generations in the workplace with Canadian data) talking about the differences between millennials and GenZ 5. HRPA (Human Resources Professionals Canada) open source document Workforce of the Future: Emergence of Gen Z About Agapi Gessesse Agapi is Executive Director of CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals, an organization dedicated to addressing economic issues affecting Black youth. She is passionate about CEE’s mission-driven and evidence-based work. Agapi also served as Executive Director of POV 3rd Street, an organization that helps marginalized youth break into the media industry through training, mentorship, job placement, and professional development opportunities. Through prior work as a fundraising professional, social enterprise manager, and coordinator of youth leadership programs, Agapi has established a record of accomplishment in operations management, program implementation and evaluation, financial stewardship, partner development, and community engagement. Her experience includes positions with United Way of Greater Toronto and the Toronto Community Housing Corporation. About Nation Cheong Nation Cheong is a respected partnership builder, strategic thinker, community animator, artist, musician and teacher who has dedicated his professional and personal time to community development strategies with a focus on supporting young people in communities across the GTA. Nation served the Regent Park community for eight years focusing on youth and housing strategies. He went on to become Director of Community Engagement and Grants at the Youth Challenge Fund (YCF). In his current role he oversees the development of United Way’s Indigenous Collaboration Framework, stakeholder mobilization across the GTA, and the implementation of United Way’s inclusive employment strategies.
32 minutes | a year ago
Five Good Ideas about running effective meetings
In this session, originally recorded on January 22, 2019, we look at how to run effective meetings with Dr. Rebecca Sutherns. For the full transcript, visit https://maytree.com/five-good-ideas/five-good-ideas-about-running-effective-meetings/ Life’s too short for boring, unproductive meetings. Yet that’s precisely where many of us spend too much of our time. We know that working together is a good and necessary thing, but we also know that getting the right combination of people in a room together (or in a virtual space – even worse…) is not enough to ensure effective collaboration. Join Certified Professional Facilitator Dr. Rebecca Sutherns for Five Good Ideas on how to run meetings that are purposeful and engaging. Learn how to create the conditions that can transform time wasted as a group into time well spent. Five Good Ideas 1. Know your why 2. Plan in chunks 3. Pay attention to content and experience 4. Hold your script loosely 5. Use strong process to offset poor behaviour Resources 1. The Purpose Revolution by John Izzo and Jeff Vanderwielen, March 2018, Berrett-Koehler, https://drjohnizzo.com/ 2. Facilitation Planning Template, sage-solutions.org/training/free-resource-library/ 3. The Fearless Organization by Amy C. Edmondson, November 2018, John Wiley and Sons 4. Nimble: Off Script but Still On Track by Rebecca Sutherns, March 2019. http://rebeccasutherns.com/ 5. “Dysfunction FAILURE!” One of many helpful facilitation resources available from Michael Wilkinson of Leadership Strategies. https://www.leadstrat.com/blog/tuesdays-master-facilitation-tip-dysfunction-failure/ About Dr. Rebecca Sutherns Dr. Rebecca Sutherns (www.rebeccasutherns.com) is an insightful and high energy collaborative strategist and world class facilitator who has served as a trusted advisor to hundreds of mission-driven organizations in Canada and internationally. Rebecca brings intellect, enthusiasm and more than 20 years of varied experience in strategy development and collaborative leadership when speaking, writing and mentoring. She is a skilled communicator, with a particular gift for helping leaders make wiser decisions faster. As the founder of Sage Solutions (www.sage-solutions.org), a Guelph-based consulting firm, Rebecca has facilitated customized strategic processes for community benefit organizations for more than 20 years. She provides strategic coaching and planning services, with an emphasis on professional facilitation, stakeholder engagement, governance and evidence-based decision-making. Rebecca is the author of the book, “Nimble: Off Script but Still On Track. A coaching guide for responsive facilitation.”
36 minutes | a year ago
Five Good Ideas addressing diversity in grassroots non-profit organizations
In this session, originally recorded on November 27, 2018, we look at how to address diversity in grassroots non-profit organizations with Maya Roy. For the full transcript, visit https://maytree.com/five-good-ideas/five-good-ideas-about-taking-networking-to-the-next-level/ In this Five Good Ideas session, Maya Roy drew on her own frontline experience to talk about the benefits of addressing diversity in smaller, grassroots non-profits. She offered five practical ideas around: 1) Participatory community development as a solid human resources strategy; 2) Online tools that can help upskill your team; 3) Intergenerational job sharing for team building and mentoring; 4) Job shadowing and management training in today’s changing environment; and 5) Challenges arising from today’s backlash against vulnerable communities. Five Good Ideas 1. Adopt participatory community development as a solid human resources strategy 2. Use online tools that can help upskill your team 3. Think of intergenerational job sharing for team building and mentoring 4. Practice job shadowing and management training in today’s changing environment 5. Be aware of the challenges arising from today’s backlash against vulnerable communities Resources 1. IF you are looking for online tools to skill up your staff, THEN consider OCASI’s Learn At Work. Its Positive Spacestraining can be done in both French and English and will bring your team up to date around gender, sexual identity, and how to create a Queer positive environment. 2. IF you are trying to skill up your management team around human resources, THEN sign up for an account with Coursera. You can identify modules in its Human Resources course and tailor them to your non-profit setting. Good classes to look at: University of California Davis HR workbooks around Setting Expectations and Team building through Coursera. The five courses are free, and combine workbooks you can assign to your staff, and podcasts and articles you can view together as a team and discuss. Apply the 80/20 to your HR stress and you will reap the benefits. Setting Expectations & Assessing Performance Issues Coaching Conversations 3. IF you are interested in exploring your impact and getting more clients, THEN consider integrated focus groups and explore Acumen’s free online courses on Social Impact and Human Centered Design. Assign teams to work through the modules together and apply it to an existing project. Free Social Impact online class Free storytelling for Change class Human Centered Design Also consider: Institute for Change at Ryerson – the Ganz curriculum 4. IF you are a racialized and/or newcomer leader, THEN RUN, don’t walk, to get Tina Lopes’ book Dancing on Live Embers: Challenging Racism in Organizationswhich explores systemic discrimination for leaders of colour. The checklists and sample policies at the back of the book are worth the price alone. 5. IF you are stressed by the double-speak of the non-profit sector in the Trump age. THEN visit Non-Profit AF. It is funny and honest, when you cannot be. Also, become familiar with ProFellow, Everyday Feminism and Compass Point. Find leadership resources for gender non-conforming and self-identified women of colour who desperately need reciprocal leadership, supports, and self-care. Because you are doing this work at a very high professional and personal cost. About Maya Roy Maya Roy is a diversity specialist with 20 years of experience in a variety of sectors in public policy development, public health, adult education and social work. She has extensive experience working in marginalized and disadvantaged communities, and is skilled in human resources, financial management, grant writing and project planning as well as in strategic communications and marketing. Maya is proficient in English, French and Bengali. Her work has taken her to Thailand, Brazil, India and the UK where she worked with NGOs to support human rights and violence prevention. Her essays have been published in Going Beyond the Journey (2013) by Insomniac Press, and she is the winner of the 2013 CASSA Gender Advocate Award and the Toronto Community Foundation’s Vital People award in 2014. She has a Bachelor of Social Work from the Ryerson School of Social Work, and has a Masters in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics. Maya was a member of the Gender Equality Advisory Council for Canada’s G7 Presidency.
30 minutes | a year ago
Five Good Ideas about taking networking to the next level
In this session, originally recorded on October 25, 2018, we look at taking networking to the next level with our speaker Emily Mills. For the full transcript, visit https://maytree.com/five-good-ideas/five-good-ideas-about-taking-networking-to-the-next-level/ It’s not just about who you know – but about the meaningful ways you can exchange value with others. That’s the key to effective networking, and the cornerstone for connections that last. In this Five Good Ideas session, Emily Mills, founder of How She Hustles, shared networking techniques that helped her build a virtual village of 10,000 diverse women and sell out networking events for almost a decade. She offered practical advice on how you can tap into your network, cultivate deeper relationships, and expand your personal and professional circle. Five Good Ideas 1. Focus on what matters to people. NOT just knowing more people. 2. Don’t just ask. GIVE. Think about ways you can add value to others. 3. Go digital. Making connections on social media is critical. 4. Remember that famous movie line from Jerry McGuire: “Help me, help you!” Tell your network that you need help – people are often keen to help you succeed. 5. Step out of your comfort zone regularly. Find places and spaces where you know nobody – and then expand your network. Resources 1. BusinessInsider.com: A master networker shares his top 20 networking tips 2. Twitter – Follow a #hashtag or handle that interests you. Example – Follow 3x people tweeting @metromorning every week with interesting perspectives about civic issues in the GTA. 3. Watch this Youtube video by Cher Jones in “Should I add strangers to my LinkedIn network?” 4. Eventbrite. Explore local events to meet new people. Search by city, category, date, etc. 5. You! Take a look at your existing network. Who haven’t you emailed, called, or met in person for a while? It might be time to reconnect. About Emily Mills Connecting people is a life-long passion for Emily Mills, an award-winning senior communicator and the founder of How She Hustles. Eight years ago, Emily founded How She Hustles, a network that connects diverse women through social media and Toronto events. She’s hosted 17 buzz-worthy events from women’s brunches to entrepreneur panels that have consistently sold out and trended on Twitter, with up to 400 guests from Olympians to CEOs. Previously, Emily was a senior communications officer at CBC, one of Canada’s largest media companies. Her responsibilities included marketing plans, community engagement and talent relations for top-rated shows like Metro Morning with Matt Galloway. Last year, Emily created HERstory in Black, a digital photo series featuring 150 inspiring black women that she successfully pitched to CBC. The project earned the attention of the Prime Minister on social media, national press coverage, became a one-hour TV documentary, and lead to an unprecedented celebration. For this innovative work, Emily and her colleagues won the 2017 CBC President’s Award. She was also named a 2017 CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow and is featured in this year’s 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women book. Emily holds degrees in journalism and music, and has studied public relations. She’s been an invited speaker by Twitter Canada, Lean in Canada, YWCA Canada, and more. She enjoys life with her two energetic sons and husband. Connect with her on LinkedIn or @howshehustles on Twitter and Instagram.
32 minutes | a year ago
Five good ideas about the power of local solutions for stronger communities
In this session, originally recorded on September 18, 2018, we look at the power of local solutions for stronger communities with Karen Pitre. For the full transcript, visit https://maytree.com/five-good-ideas/five-good-ideas-about-the-power-of-local-solutions-for-stronger-communities/. The most successful solutions for building stronger communities have local support and are driven by local champions. Nonprofits, school boards, libraries, municipalities, community health centres, and many others understand that. They see the value in the local, and they’re not afraid of the challenges in developing local solutions with multiple partners. In her presentation, Karen Pitre offers five good ideas on how we can support local champions and break down the silos that get in the way of local initiatives. Five Good Ideas 1. Bigger is not always better 2. Don’t give up – where there is will there is a way 3. Money is not the only answer; little things can make a big difference 4. You may have to give something up to make it work 5. It is important to listen, but it is also important to hear Resources 1 Interested in building local capacity for informed community planning in Ontario? Join the resource network CommuntyHubsOntario to connect and engage with people in communities across Ontario. 2. Community hubs in Ontario: A strategic framework and action plan: This report summarizes what the Premier’s Community Hubs Framework Advisory Group heard when they met with community members, stakeholders, and other government ministries to learn how the government can deliver public services through local, community hubs. 3. Community Hubs and Partnerships, Queensland, Australia. Find out how Queensland has gone about transforming communities through cross-sector partnerships. 4. What is a community court? This report looks at how courts can play a role in solving complex neighbourhood problems and building stronger communities. An interesting example of the power of local solutions from the United States. 5. Greg Berman and Julian Adler: Start Here: A Roadmap to Reducing Mass Incarceration. This book offers a bold agenda for criminal justice reform in the United States based on equal parts pragmatism and idealism, from the visionary director of the Center for Court Innovation, a leader of the reform movement. About Karen Pitre Karen is the President of the Lonsdale Group, a strategic planning and project management firm that focuses on community infrastructure projects. Karen was the Special Advisor to the Premier on Community Hubs from 2015-2018. She has extensive experience in stakeholder consultation, strategic planning, and project management. Karen has also worked with all three levels of government, including as part of her work with the Toronto Olympic Bid in 2008 and with Waterfront Toronto.
29 minutes | 3 years ago
Five Good Ideas about government relations
In this session, originally recorded on January 29, 2018, Jaime Watt, Executive Chairman of Navigator, a public strategy and communications firm, shares his five good ideas about government relations. When approaching politicians with your issues, you will be competing for attention with many other stakeholder groups. To help politicians understand your issues, your message will need to be clear, crisp and concise. Jaime Watt presents his five good ideas on how to get your message heard and acted on. Five Good Ideas Offer a benefit to the decision maker while simultaneously making your demand. Simply put, create a win for the government. Be aware that you are competing for attention with other stakeholder groups. Your message must be consistent and the information distilled. Be clear, crisp, concise. Discover the cross-section between your objectives and the changing government agenda. Related resource: Thank you for smoking, a movie by Jason Reitman – An example of how not to practice. Lobbying Act, Government of Canada Justice Rules website – The lobby rules, a must read for any practitioner. Lobbying for Change, book by Alberto Alemanno – A book which signals that lobbying is not always evil. The realities of lobbying – a look beyond the smoke and mirrors, TEDx Talk by Maria Laptev – In defense of lobbying. For the full transcript, visit https://maytree.com/five-good-ideas/five-good-ideas-government-relations/ About Jaime Watt Jaime Watt is the Executive Chairman of Navigator Ltd. He specializes in complex public strategy issues, serving both domestic and international clients in the corporate, professional services, not-for-profit, and government sectors. He is a trusted advisor to business leaders as well as political leaders at all three levels of government across Canada. Jaime has led ground-breaking election campaigns that have transformed politics because of their boldness and creativity. Jaime is immediate past president of the Albany Club, Canada’s oldest political club. He also serves on the boards of many other organizations including the Canada Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation in Toronto, the Shaw Festival and Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre. As well, he chairs the Capital Campaign for Casey House, Canada’s pioneer AIDS hospice, and is past president of the Canadian Club of Toronto, Canada’s oldest podium of record. Deeply involved with efforts to promote equality and human rights issues, he was the inaugural recipient of Egale’s Lifetime Achievement Award and has been awarded the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals for service to the community. He recently received Out on Bay Street’s Leader to be Proud of Award. Jaime has been elected to the College of Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, is a Toronto Heritage Companion, and was recently named one of Toronto’s most influential citizens. A highly regarded speaker, Jaime appears often as a public affairs commentator in the media.
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