Author Archives: Nadine Riopel

Doing Good With Garbage

The concept of trash is kind of weird, when you think about it. We act as if we put it in the bin and it magically disappears. Of course, it doesn’t really disappear. It goes somewhere. Landfill, garbage barges, incinerators … Continue reading

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How To Get Paid, Part 3: Deadlines

This series, which began with my frustration at seeing so many people doing good work and unable to make a living at it, could go on forever. The creative ways people find to make a living doing what they love … Continue reading

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How to Get Paid, Part 2: Products

(Part of a series that began with You Need to Get Paid) Another way to make your services affordable without sacrificing your right to get paid is to create products. As I’ve said, before, it’s tough to find people who … Continue reading

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How to Get Paid, Part 1: Events

After my last 2 blog posts about how little money is circulating in parts of the do gooder world, you might be thinking, “Getting paid is not just that easy – how how are we supposed to do it?” I’m … Continue reading

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You Need To Get Paid

Listen, Do Gooder – I know you believe in what you do. I know you don’t want to deny anyone access to the wonderful things you’re putting out into the world. I understand that what you’re producing is not traditionally … Continue reading

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Why The Hell Are We All Broke?!

I’ve been working hard lately on preparations for The Good Hundred Experiment, an annual interactive gathering of people doing good works. A barrier I’ve been running into is the ability of some invitees to to pay. Simply put, a lot … Continue reading

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Measuring Real Success, or, Free Webcast!

I’ve been reading a book called The Economics of Happiness, by economist and policy analyst Mark Anielski. In his work, Mark noticed that when success is measured only in monetary terms (as it often is, most notably when we gauge … Continue reading

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Don’t Give; Vote

If you add up the amount of money we Canadians hand over to our governments on an annual basis, it comes to about $292 billion.1 Meanwhile, the non-profit sector takes in about $169 billion a year2, with about half of … Continue reading

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If You Owe, Don’t Give

Consumer debt is a real problem. Here in Canada, it’s climbing steadily, with the average Canadian now about $16k in the hole. Many of us are just one missed paycheque, one layoff, one critical illness or injury away from serious … Continue reading

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Charity as a Tool of the ‘Never Enough’ Culture

Ever feel like no matter how much you do, it’s never enough? If so, you’re not alone. Scarcity is one of the most pervasive elements of modern culture. Blame the media, blame consumerism, blame whoever you want, but we’re constantly … Continue reading

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