Author Archives: Nadine Riopel

Dream Big or Sell Out: The False Choice

Do you believe you have to choose between following your passion and paying the bills? Do you see your choices as: A) Get a stable job that provides financial security; but give up on being a force for good (or … Continue reading

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When Issues Hit Home: The Man In the Dirt

Recently, I was walking my baby home from downtown Edmonton on a Friday afternoon. As we hit the northern edge of the business district, we saw a man coming towards us. He lurched from side to side, stumbling and disoriented. … Continue reading

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Learning to Live With Darkness, Part 2

Last week, we looked at how the idea that we can eliminate all suffering puts us at risk of trying to take people’s freedom away. Another piece of it is that there is no light without darkness. Pain and suffering … Continue reading

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Learning to Live With Darkness, Part 1

We’re at a weird place in our cultural evolution. We seem to think not only that unpleasantness is undesirable, but that we have the power to get rid of it. We see it in campaign names like “Make Poverty History” … Continue reading

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The Hardest Part of Not Giving to Charity

This year, I’ve written quite a lot about how the role of charity has gotten out of hand (see the Savvy Giving category). For the most part, I find people agree with me. This was a bit of a surprise, … Continue reading

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How Are You Different?

Have you ever told someone what you’re working on, and gotten a reaction along the lines of, “isn’t someone else already doing that?” It happened to me last week after delivering a speech about my big event, The Good Hundred … Continue reading

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An Ounce of Prevention with Fringe Benefits

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, right? We know this. But it’s a tough sell. We all know how hard it is to make time for prevention when there are so many other more urgent (or … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Fooled By The Non Profit Label

You know what really gets my goat? When people explain what their social good organizations do by saying they’re a “non-profit”. “Non profit” is nothing but a legal status. It’s a management decision, and it does impact how the organization … Continue reading

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Being a Conscious Carnivore: The Do Gooder Lifestyle

Ever since I read Fast Food Nation, I haven’t been able to stomach commercial ground beef. At first it was because of the book’s graphic accounts of disgusting conditions in most feedlots and slaughterhouses. I wasn’t ready to swear off … Continue reading

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Bargain Spring Fashions: The Do Gooder Lifestyle

This post is part of an ongoing series: The Do Gooder Lifestyle Back when I wrote my first piece about clothes, I said buying used clothing was one of the best ways to be a conscious consumer, but the truth … Continue reading

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