All about the role of government in making positive change, and the role of the citizen in making the government make positive change

5 Free Ways to Be a Force for Good

"How can I do good without spending or giving away any money?" Someone asked me this recently. It's a doozy - usually, when we're talking about doing good, we're talking about donating, socially responsible investing, conscious consumerism, etc. All great stuff, but all involving money. Volunteering time is not a bad answer, but a little [...]

If You’re Not Part of the Problem, It’s Tough To Be Part of the Solution

We've all heard the old saying: "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem." Let's flip that on its head. "If you're not part of the problem, it's tough to be part of the solution." We're best equipped to solve problems when we're contributing to them. If the cause of a [...]

Lifestyle vs. Work vs. Giving

Last week, I shared The Savvy Do Gooder Way, a new framework for doing good that is manageable, effective, and rewarding. It includes three main activity areas: The Do Gooder Lifestyle, The Do Gooder at Work, and Savvy Giving; in that order. Why in that order, you might ask? Why is giving last? It might [...]

The SDG Way to Make A Difference

I'm in the midst of an epiphany, friends. Over the past couple of days, all my swirling thoughts about doing good have coalesced into one, unified, clear framework: The Savvy Do Gooding Way. It's a general philosophy about how the whole shebang should work. It offers: Reconnection with the drive to do good Freedom from [...]

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 that coming from the government (as opposed to from donations, sales of goods and services, [...]

By | 2017-08-10T21:55:01+00:00 March 6th, 2014|Blog, The Do Gooder and The Government|1 Comment

We’re Not Starting from Zero: Southern Alberta Floods of 2013

Here in my province, there was epic flooding in the month of June, resulting in widespread damage and evacuations in many communities. The downtown area of one of our biggest cities was actually underwater for long periods. Many people were hit hard by these events, suffering extensive damage to their homes and possessions. The outpouring [...]

How Soon is “Too Soon”?: Southern Alberta Floods of 2013

Here in my province, there was epic flooding in the month of June, resulting in widespread damage and evacuations in many communities. The downtown area of one of our biggest cities was actually underwater for long periods. Many reacted by expressing moral support and by giving money to aid in the relief efforts. Some, however, [...]

Be the Squeaky Wheel

In a recent interview about a documentary dealing with hunger in the U.S., the filmmaker quoted a lawmaker who said that if he hears from just 6 people on an issue, it changes how he votes on it. Sometimes, the stuff we need is just there for the taking Our elected representatives do [...]

Who Should Pay For Things We All Need?

A person's wealth should not determine their ability to access basic education, medical care, etc. This is why we have systems designed to make these things free of direct cost to anyone who needs them. For example: I recently discovered that both obstetricians and midwives are covered by my government health care program, meaning; they [...]