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Creating a mindset to work with failure

Innovation does not come without discarding ideas, trying and failing.  In complex systems with complex challenges, failure is inevitable and desired.  If we need to prototype to sense our way forward we have to have a mindset that can handle failure.

On Saturday at the Art of Participatory Leadership in Petaluma my new friend [...]

Hahopa rising


Yesterday was wonderful.  We spent the whole day around a fire on MacKenzie Beach listening to three stories and reflecting back what we learned.  Pawa’s father Moy and uncle Tim both told stories of growing up in a traditional family and village.  For me Tim’s story of getting stranded with his brother [...]

Opening Hahopa


The weather here on MacKenzie Beach near Tofino is unusually summery.  THe families that were running around over the Thanksgiving weekend are gone now and only a few remain behind.  We began our learning village with a circle gathered around a fire on the beach, maybe 20 of us, sharing Indian Candy [...]

Happiness and kindness at Hahopa



“Tell everyone you know: “My happiness depends on me, so you’re off the hook.” And then demonstrate it. Be happy, no matter what they’re doing. Practice feeling good, no matter what. And before you know it, you will not give anyone else responsibility for the way you feel – and then, you’ll [...]

Walking reconciliation

Here we are On September 22 in Vancouver.  Tens of thousands of people walking in the rain across the Georgia Street viaduct, down one side and up the other.

My family and I stood in the rain very near the front of the walk that morning listening speakers talk about what we doing [...]

What not to say to a residential school survivor, and what to do.

For something like 100 years, generation after generation of indigenous children in Canada were rounded up at age five and taken away from their families and communities and placed in residential schools, where they were taught English, taught western values and Christianized.  This was commonly a brutal experience, full of physical abuse, exploitation, sexual [...]

Life in the Beat Nation


Over the past 15 years First Nations artists in Canada have taken to hip hop as a powerful storytelling method.  First Nations hip hop is an incredible blend of traditional art forms, evocative imagery and raw and real exerpience relayed with a beat.  It’s as if hip hop was built for indigenous [...]

Do newspapers traffic in racism?


A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog post advocating that newspapers should close their comments sections.  In the days since then I have heard from many people agreeing with me, and no one has disagreed.  I have had a twitter conversation with a National Post reporter whose piece about the breaking [...]

Why newspapers need to close their comments sections

Imagine you are stuck in traffic.  By the side of a road is a billboard that changes it’s message every five minutes.  You glance over at it and read this:

“Some claim. One race in Canada should not have to work for a living. That this race should receive millions in funding without accountability. That the [...]

The strange case of Canadian contempt

I have a confession.  I advise people never to read the comments on newspaper websites.  But I do read them.  I can’t take my eyes off them.  They are a train wreck of logic and hate and contemptuous entitlement.

Lately however, especially the comments on stories about First Nations, they seem entirely predictable.  In [...]