Recent Publications

Leadership in Complex Times

Must Have Qualities and Attributes
Introduction I have been working on this long essay for a year now on and off, and while I am never quite sure if I am done, I figure it is well enough along the way to share by now. I hope that it is helpful to you as a leader or aspiring leader in our sector. I am also interested in your feedback and comments. DOWN LOAD
Do we truly envision a multicultural society? Do we really stand on common ground about what that even means? And who is the “we” doing the envisioning? Do immigrants come to Canada because they pine for being part of a cultural mosaic? *** There is interest expressed across the funding community of forming long-term partnerships with those organizations that can produce results, and yet too many funders fail to offer long-term funding arrangements.The desire for partnerships is often thwarted by archaic funding mechanisms. For example, what are the prospects for sustaining authentic partnerships focused on having long-term impact when each year funders put out request for proposals? *** There is another related trend we need to pay attention to which is the dissipating line that divides non-profit and private sector work to do social good. This is not just about both sectors engaging in social enterprise; it’s about how society is broadening its perspective on how social good should be delivered.The support from citizens for positive social impact will no longer be primarily focused on donations but also where they choose to spend their consumer dollars. *** ll of us want economic growth and prosperity but to what extent do we really evaluate who benefits from such largesse? To what extent is society – and all its various sectors and sub-sectors – willing and ready to tackle wicked questions?When it comes to poverty, are we asking ourselves questions that go beyond how we can help the poor? Do we have the courage to ask as well who benefits from poverty? Who thrives at the expense of low wages? ***Leading an organization to a “changed state” is actually about helping people change fundamental aspects of who they are at work far more than what they might do differently. This may not be that much of a challenge if incremental or small change is the goal; however, bigger change – either major reform or transformation – cannot take place without personal reform or transformation.*** People who are certain they are right and others wrong, who believe there is just one way to do something, and who operate within the mythology of neat and tidy solutions will not only be hard pressed to be leaders, but will have a hard time finding meaning in their work. A high tolerance for ambiguity implies the ability to venture into areas of thought and possibility without having to know exactly what direction to take or where the destination actually is that you hope to find.It means accepting that you might end up in a  place totally foreign to you and your current abilities. *** A leader who is tolerant of ambiguity is, in effect, more than tolerant of it; he or she accepts ambiguity as a given, as a constant companion, and instead of attempting to view things through a mythological lens of clarity works with uncertainty, goes with the flow, and by doing builds and nurtures resiliency. *** Leaders point to things and ask questions. Why do we do that? Why don’t we do that? They serve as catalysts for discovery and understand that there is typically no one right choice, but rather many choices to consider and many ways to get the organization to where it needs to get to. Mark's blog is HERE

Walking Together Digital Resource

First Nations, Metis and Inuit Perspectives in Curriculum
This cross-curricular resource provides historically accurate and culturally authentic information about Alberta’s FNMI Peoples and communities for teachers to use as they bring FNMI perspectives and Indigenous pedagogical approaches into teaching and learning. Interactive activities, video interviews, examples of FNMI pedagogy, web links, documents and additional videos are included in each of twelve topic areas: FNMI Worldviews; Oral Tradition; Elders; Symbolism and Traditions; Connection to Land; Indigenous Pedagogy; Culture and Language, Well-being; Traditional Environmental Knowledge; Kinship; Aboriginal and Treaty Rights; and Healing Historical Trauma. Note: This professional development resource has not been authorized for student use. This cross-curricular resource provides historically accurate and culturally authentic information about Alberta’s FNMI Peoples and communities. To find the resource go to: Key in the words, 'Walking Together'. This resource forms a portion of the orientation for community board members in Alberta.   

Comment évaluer l'innovation dans la gouvernance communautaire

Prezitation given at University of Ottawa, Sept 27th 2012
This is a Prezi presentation given in a workshop hosted by the Research Alliance on Knowledge-based Community Governance. It refers to the Developmental evaluation approach used in the Vibrant communities and showcases Vivre Saint-Michel en santé (Montréal).

Vibrant Villages Resource Page

Knowing who you are working with is the best way to prepare for a task force meeting, a conference, a collaborative project or any other working session with a group of people. Do some exploration to find how you can best turn “cross-sector initiatives” into a “vibrant village!”

What New Zealand is Learning About Community-Led Development

ResourceType: Publication | Author: Inspiring Communities
How do we engage with and accelerate this capacity, and create cross-sectoral collaborative approaches, with residents and their aspirations, concerns and capabilities at the centre?   This is the question behind Inspiring Communities’ publication, What We Are Learning about Community-Led Development in Aotearoa New Zealand.  The book draws on the experiences of eight communities facing acute challenges in 2011 due to earthquakes and the grounding of a cargo ship that threatened environmental disaster to the New Zealand coast.  This resource shares learning ‘nuggets’ we have gleaned from walking alongside these communities around the following four themes:
1. Working together ‘in place’ – co-creating the focus and actively growing collaborative practice
2. Community building – intentional focus on creating social capital
3. Leading in and leaderful communities – seeking and growing new kinds of leadership
4. Creating and sustaining momentum – harnessing and maintaining energy together with both short and long term wins The potential of unleashing and nurturing local interest, energy and capacity and weaving it into decision-making and resource allocation systems holds enormous promise for sustainable transformation.

Reframing the Housing Discussion

An Opinion Piece
A short opinion piece on the importance of the language we chose to use in the discussion of social housing, and the implications of it. Read here>>

Convening community

Using a network approach to convene community: A model
Hi Colleagues, Inspired by Peter Block's presence at the CCI in Calgary, I thought I would share with you a model we are applying to convene community, buisiness, politicans and goverment officials.  This convening is in the form of developing formal networks and is a way to take a holistic and coordinated approach towards improving the health and well-being of communities. Our organization, the Community Health and Social Services Network (Health Canada Funded) is supporting the birth and evolution of 18 community networks throughout the province of Quebec. Attached is a model, steps to network development.  It does take some explaining, however I thought some of you may find it useful.  We use this model as our development tool for the 18 networks.  We also have an self-assessment evaluation check list for effective network development if anyone is interested. Creating a community of practice! This has been a huge success for many of these networks.  This second community of practice document was created by network participants as a way to express some of the tangible benefits and value of their participation. If anyone out there wishes to learn more, don't hesitate to give me a call 418-684-2289 ext224 Au revoir from Quebec! Russ Kueber  

Listening to Calgary's Immigrant Seniors

Proceedings Calgary Immigrant and Refugee Seniors "Speak Out"
This document refelcts the interst in the topic of immigrant and refugee seniors in Calgary and the common interest and concerns expressed by seniors themselves. 

Grandparenting Across Cultures

A Comprehensive Overview
The Grandparenting Across Cultures project is modeled on the Grandmothering Across Cultures program in Australia.  This report documents the evolution of the Grandparenting Across Cultures of this community development project involving the southern Sudanese elders.  It captures the accomplishments and challenges that the community development workers have encountered since the project inception. 

Cultural Cues

A Resource Guide for Service Providers Working with Calgary's Culturally Diverse Seniors
This Guide is a practical guide for service providers to help them better understand the cultural beliefs and customs of six groups of Calgary's immigrant seniors. It is designed to be a quick reference for soical workers, physicians, nurses, police, educators and those who work in government and non-profit agencies that deliver services to immigrants seniors.