Monthly Archives: February 2010
Milton Friesen  |  February 26, 2010  |  Justice, Markets, Vocation

  Last night I attended a lecture at The Hamilton Spectator with my daughter Charae. She was there to take notes for a school newspaper article (and to keep her dad company). The lecture featured the results of Evelyn Forget (Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba) research on a social experiment that was conducted in Dauphin, Manitoba between 1974 and 1978. Every family … MORE »

Christina Crook  |  February 25, 2010  |  Discipline

  My husband is notoriously indecisive. He used to serve on the board of Universities’ Model Parliament. Every couple of months they’d meet at a local eatery where the business of the meeting remained off the table until the group had placed their order. He’d always be the last to order, left staring awkwardly at the menu while the server politely (or not so politely) … MORE »

Robert Joustra  |  February 24, 2010  |  Loves

Last week I trundled across a 2002 article in, of all places, The Journal of Biblical Counseling that takes a good critical look at the evangelical blockbuster, The Five Love Languages. The article: Love speaks many languages fluently. In sum, it argues that there is good merit to the metaphor of love language, but like too much of evangelical literature on relationality and community it … MORE »

Milton Friesen  |  February 19, 2010  |  Civic Core, Innovation

  Many hands make light work. The well-known Chinese proverb is often true and has been given a contemporary twist with the advent of many-to-many communication tools that are ubiquitous today. A valuable overview of the current state of doing good as a large, distributed group has been written by Scott Hartley on the Stanford Social Innovation Review blog. Here’s a snippet: In today’s inter-connected … MORE »

Alissa Wilkinson  |  February 15, 2010  |  Politics, Religion, Tech

  Last week in the New York Times, Russell Shorto asked, “How Christian Were the Founders?” It has to do with the battle over what gets taught in the public schools in the United States—and where that battle is rooted. This year’s social-studies review has drawn the most attention for the battles over what names should be included in the roll call of history. But … MORE »

Milton Friesen  |  February 12, 2010  |  Innovation

People with lots of ideas are often labelled as being heavy on vision but light on ground-level plowing. The social entrepreneurship movement is gaining credibility because it has become a fertile soil where vision and action meet. It has been an effective convergence of ideas where business skills, humanitarian impulses, creativity and local action come together. New frameworks have been built that are good at … MORE »

Christina Crook  |  February 11, 2010  |  Literature, Loves, Tech

  His name is Remi, we are having a love affair, and my spouse knows about it. He is a Remington Portable. A archetypal typewriter manufactured in the mid-1930s. His ruddy grey body sits squarely in the centre of my coffee table, the focal point of our living room. And rightly so. As a writer married to a bibliophile, words are central in our home. … MORE »

Alissa Wilkinson  |  February 8, 2010  |  Tech

It’s been a while since I was on the dating market, having been married for three-and-a-half years now. But I still remember the crushing blow of the well-crafted, light, funny email, only to receive a one-line answer. So, apparently, did Abigail Adams (says The New Yorker). Kinda. Of course, it’s not just in romance that these things matter. Those quick, abrupt answers to a friendly … MORE »

Milton Friesen  |  February 5, 2010  |  Innovation

I’ve been hunting for wow-factor organizational practices since 1996. That was the year I was elected to a senior executive board tasked with mapping out a ten-year plan for 110 non-profits. Some of my fellow members thought that part of our work was a tad dull. A good bit of it was but some of it was life-altering. M.o … MORE »

Christina Crook  |  February 4, 2010  |  Arts, Culture

  Though the opening ceremonies are still more than a week away (February 12 at 5 PM PST) Olympic fever has descended upon Vancouver, for good or for bad. The good: A thrilling cultural line-up including the inaugural show, The Show Must Go On, at the Milton and Fei Wong Experimental Theatre located in the iconic SFU Woodwards building. The sports, of course. A plethora … MORE »