Yearly Archives: 2010
Stacey Scott  |  December 31, 2010  |  Cultural Renewal, Vocation

I recently learned that there are four simple steps to change the world: 1. Notice what you care about 2. Get started 3. Learn as you go along 4. Stay together In November I joined some 460 people on the University of Calgary campus along with Peter Senge and Margaret Wheatley for a two-day conference called “Leading the Way: Building a Sustainable Future.” The four … MORE »

Milton Friesen  |  December 24, 2010  |  Economy, Innovation, Institutions

Reposted from the Cardus After Hours blog (RIP).   Yesterday The Guardian published a brief article that highlights the importance of the third sector (the social economy), identifies the challenges that arise from defining the third sector, and suggests some possible ways forward. Cox contemplates whether the variation and blurring may, in fact, be a great strength: And that’s the point: there isn’t a difference. … MORE »

Milton Friesen  |  December 17, 2010  |  Civic Core, Institutions

Reposted from the Cardus After Hours blog (RIP).   Given that it is Christmas, I was watching It’s a Wonderful Life and the social enterprise element really struck me. On the one hand you have George Bailey, who, through various circumstances, has to give up aspirations of university to run a building and loan company. The company makes it possible for people to own their … MORE »

Milton Friesen  |  December 3, 2010  |  Complexity, Networking

Reposted from the Cardus After Hours blog (RIP).   Stanford University has conducted a fascinating data visualization project called Mapping the Republic of Letters. It looks at key historic intellectuals and the networks they maintained via letter writing long, long before digital communication was possible. This is an intriguing application of computer-based data mapping for social science and humanities work. For example, despite a presumed … MORE »

Milton Friesen  |  November 5, 2010  |  Religion

Reposted from the Cardus After Hours blog (RIP).   The title is a kind of literary Rorschach test. The intent is to gauge your level of interest in questions that attend to the origins of the universe. There is no bait and switch here. If such terms have led you this far, then you’ll be excited that a very high calibre physicist and mathematician is … MORE »

Milton Friesen  |  November 2, 2010  |  Politics

Reposted from the Cardus After Hours blog (RIP).   Yesterday morning the National Post ran a small article outlining a U of Ottawa talk by Robert Fowler wherein he decries the disengagement of young voters. In short, if you don’t vote, you can’t complain. The Vancouver Sun ran a slightly longer article and that also reflected Fowler’s tone of chastisement. I have little interest in … MORE »

Milton Friesen  |  October 29, 2010  |  Arts

Reposted from the Cardus After Hours blog (RIP).   I just learned of this yesterday and have to write something about it. At the Bonne Terre Mine near St. Louis, there is a massive lead mine that has been abandoned since the 1960s. It’s filled with a massive amount of natural water and has been the site of a commercial dive site for some years … MORE »

Jess Hale  |  September 24, 2010  |  Religion, Vocation

With an implied smile, my feminist clergy wife inscribed “You know this a gift of love” as she gave me Stanley Hauerwas’ Hannah’s Child: A Theologian’s Memoir as a Father’s Day gift back in June. She knew that since reading his A Peaceable Kingdom more than two decades ago, I have been in a good-natured argument with his writings. I have been an attorney in … MORE »

Milton Friesen  |  September 10, 2010  |  Cities

  Fast Company has published their 10 Fast Cities list with a micro-description of each. What would you say about your city or local community if all you had was one photo and a tagline to say it? An example of this writ large can be seen by the photographer of Hamilton365 who was at an event I attended this past spring. Last year he … MORE »

Robert Joustra  |  September 8, 2010  |  Politics, Religion

It’s not an academic question, as James Ron writes in last week’s Ottawa Citizen: most of the world’s largest faith traditions have relief agencies, many of which serve far beyond their own faith. And those agencies are among the most prolific and powerful respondents to today’s urgent tragedies. The issue might find focus in Pakistan where the Catholic Caritas, second in size only to the … MORE »