Temper your confidence in the science that runs your life

Trust requires consistency and transparency. It must be understandable. And we need regulations that protect the public

Temper your confidence in the science that runs your lifeThe big success stories of our time have scaled at exponential rates – Facebook, Amazon, Apple and the other ‘super bigs’ relentlessly enlarge themselves. When something scales, however, the mix of characteristics, benefits, and costs of a business or organization may scale with it. In contemporary life, the tools that business, research and social interaction…

We can’t afford to take charities for granted

Many forms of caring and cultural enrichment need lots of dedicated people to be fully realized and charities multiply the common good

We can’t afford to take charities for grantedImagine you're the crew of a ship sailing from Italy to Canada. You arrive in Hamilton, Ont., only to discover that complications related to the sale of your vessel means it's in limbo in the harbour, you with it. Who will look after you? This happened to the crew of the 9,000-ton Italian freighter Ardita in April.…

How do we grow the social fabric of communities?

Human connections play a profound role in solving our most pressing problems

How do we grow the social fabric of communities?A complex, invisible but powerful web of relations profoundly shape us from individual to city levels. But how do we foster these relations? Organizations like the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) are helping to answer the question, to the betterment of us all. My exposure to the FCM began in 2001 as a newly elected…

Charitable giving is a group project

Religious settings are very important for charitable giving and generate a huge amount of significant community outreach

Charitable giving is a group projectStatistics Canada's Charitable Giving by Individuals report is an important look at charitable acts in this nation. The notion of charity has long been associated with sacrificing oneself for the sake of others. It is an antidote to selfish absorption, careless distraction and mindless accumulation. It is a response of gratitude; reflecting that however little we have, it can actually grow when shared…

Decaying social infrastructure leading to social isolation

The complex networks of relationships that make up the deep operating system of our common lives is being taken for granted

Decaying social infrastructure leading to social isolationThe Federation of Canadian Municipalities will no doubt attract significant media interest at its upcoming annual conference with calls for great physical infrastructure spending. Indeed, even before it kicks off its gathering in Edmonton from June 5 to 8, the FCM has already won well-deserved attention for a report showing Canada is $123 billion behind…