Quelling the Inner Critic & Social Entrepreneurship

This evening I had the pleasure of attending a Social Innovation Exchange event, hosted by the ASCent program out of Communitech. The program and tonight’s event are both aimed at fostering students with an interest in social entrepreneurship, and helping them to create companies aimed at advancing human health, prosperity, and happiness in this complex…

Block Parents® and Jane’s Walk Programs

Last week I was shocked to see a shiny, crisp, red-and-white Block Parent® sign in the window of a house along a quiet suburban street in Waterloo. For those who do not know about the Block Parents® Program of Canada, it is a registered charity that tells “children, seniors and others that help is at hand if…

Horse Racing: The Sport of Kings?

I recently queried Google with this question: “Why is horse racing called the Sport of Kings?” As with all of my questions, the search engine coughed up a treasure-trove of possible responses within mere milliseconds. Wikipedia tells me that “Thoroughbred racing was, and is, popular with the aristocrats and royalty of British society, earning it the…

Employment-Skills Mismatch

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure and privilege of chatting with a group of Waterloo Unlimited students. Waterloo Unlimited is based out of the University of Waterloo, within the Centre for Knowledge Integration, and offers enrichment opportunities to high school students of all grade levels wishing to get a taste of academia. When I…

“Do or Do Not. There is No Try” – Yoda

The fateful words by Yoda seemed the most apt title for my blog entry today. It seems that in my life, I can only do, or not do; there’s really no in between. I require and exert such intense focus on whatever I’m doing, that I can’t easily span between subjects, disciplines, or modes of…