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Three Lessons from Junior High School Students

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Three Lessons from Junior High School Students

My son is nearing the end of Grade 9.  His junior high school years are coming to a close and soon he and his friends will disperse into a variety of high schools in our city.

I’m a big fan of this generation.  It seems a societal convention is to complain about teenagers, but I find I am constantly learning from them.

If you have young people in your life, too, perhaps you can relate to seeing their strengths: their awareness of global issues, their appreciation of diversity, and their ability to make a positive difference.

I’ve had the good fortune to volunteer with my son’s class this year and have attended a number of school events.  It doesn’t take much observation to glean wisdom from these students…

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Go As Far As You Can See

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Go As Far As You Can See

“Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you'll be able to see further.”

Thomas Carlyle

This is one of my all-time favourite quotes, and never has it been more pertinent for me than the past 18 months writing a book.

When I started the Changemaker’s Project in 2011, I didn’t know it would become a book.  As far as I could see back then was interviewing as many successful changemakers as my schedule would allow.  When I presented my project’s findings at a global conference in August 2017, I received encouragement to write a book and publish the research. That sounded great and exciting and a logical next step, but I did not know how to write a book.  As far as I could see was to just get ‘bum in seat’ and start typing…

Photo by Mariano Colombotto on Unsplash

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Why I Love the Olympics

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Why I Love the Olympics

The Olympics are a big deal in our house. Every two years we scramble to figure out the time zone differences and when the events will be aired; we monitor the medal standings daily; and when the Olympic venue is on the other side of the world – as it is this year – we wake up and check the news for what happened with our athletes overnight...

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