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Changes to Society Act to Affect all BC Non-profits

A recent email from Enterprising Non-Profits brought a very important issue for BC non-profits to my attention. In December 2009, the BC Provincial Government issued a request for consultation on possible changes to the BC Society Act. Since then, a group of local organizations have been working together on developing a collaborative submission to help … Continue reading Changes to Society Act to Affect all BC Non-profits

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Green Commuting Before and During the Olympics

Nice writeup in Going Green blog out of U.S.  talking about SAP Vancouver's commuting initiatives during, and hopefully after, the Olympics. Great to see how we stacked up against the Vancouver and Canada averages. We have only 32% of employees driving solo as compared to an average of 67% in Vancouver, 72% across Canada and … Continue reading Green Commuting Before and During the Olympics

Open Gov West – Seattle Mar 26-27

Open Gov West is a very cool conference coming up in Seattle at the end of the month. Bringing together technologists, civic engagement organizations and  governments, the conference is designed to "facilitate regional collaboration and share best practices across open government initiatives". The concepts of open government have been very prevalent lately in forums such … Continue reading Open Gov West – Seattle Mar 26-27

Virtual Cross-Canada David Suzuki Workshop with SAP 12sprints

Today I had the pleasure of delivering a David Suzuki at Work workshop at Read Jones Cristofferson Consulting Engineers. I facilitated the workshop as part of the Suzuki Ambassador program I have mentioned earlier. RJC are a Canada-wide firm with main offices in Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto. A challenge when trying to build … Continue reading Virtual Cross-Canada David Suzuki Workshop with SAP 12sprints

Goals, Questions and Metrics: Building a Dashboard

Why build a dashboard? This question is often overlooked in the rush to get something done, something that looks good! When organizations look at building a dashboard, there are few quick items to check through. I have written extensively on using information in earlier posts (series here and here) so this time I want to … Continue reading Goals, Questions and Metrics: Building a Dashboard

Stimulus Reporting with SAP BusinessObjects Solution

Last year, SAP released an application to enable management and reporting of American Recovery and Reinvestment (ARRA aka stimulus package) Funds. The Act specifically mandates that government agencies provide transparent reporting to citizens showing monies spent and impacts made - financial, jobs and more. What's really interesting about this application is how it was developed. … Continue reading Stimulus Reporting with SAP BusinessObjects Solution

Open the Doors to Data in Vancouver

Vancouver is one of a small group of leading cities in North America that are opening up data to citizens. While most government decision making, processes and data (at all levels) are closed to the public, Vancouver has taken the unique step of publishing a Council resolution supporting Open Data, Open Standards and Open Source. … Continue reading Open the Doors to Data in Vancouver

Ric Matthews Speaking on Redtents Campaign: An Open Source Model

Speaking at a rally supporting the need for affordable housing in Vancouver on Saturday, Reverend Ric Matthews of United First Church elaborated on the theme of open-source collaboration without directly using that terminology. He used the Redtents campaign as a model of citizen engagement going forward. His message was that the campaign for affordable housing … Continue reading Ric Matthews Speaking on Redtents Campaign: An Open Source Model

DTES Kitchen Tables Project: A New Wave of Open Source NGO Coalitions?

A new trend of non-profit coalitions is emerging. Rather than formal agreements, groups are coming together - sometimes extremely quickly - in connected and collaborative groups. They are using the open source model to link themselves together in service of a common strategy yet allowing tremendous flexibility in tactics. Whether it was the broad-based TckTckTck … Continue reading DTES Kitchen Tables Project: A New Wave of Open Source NGO Coalitions?

Volunteering in Reading Week: SAP and UBC at Mount Pleasant Elementary

I had the pleasure of visiting Mount Pleasant Elementary School in East Vancouver yesterday. Susanne Hempel from SAP is leading, with the help of 4 UBC student leaders, 40 UBC students in a project to raise student awareness and knowledge around Sustainability. The entire school of 200 children ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 7 are … Continue reading Volunteering in Reading Week: SAP and UBC at Mount Pleasant Elementary