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

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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

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

Reducing Costs through Mailing List Cleansing and Skilled Volunteers at Quest

Another great example of how non-profits can utilize technology and skilled volunteers to reduce costs and improve services is with Quest Food Exchange. The Quest Food Exchange, run by the Quest Outreach Society, leverages an innovative business model to rescue food that would otherwise be thrown in the garbage and headed for landfills, and redirect … Continue reading Reducing Costs through Mailing List Cleansing and Skilled Volunteers at Quest

Cutting Reporting Time and Improving Fundraising with Skilled Volunteers at Arts Umbrella

Last time I talked in general about how skilled volunteers can contribute to community organizations. This time I want to talk about a specific example where SAP employees worked with Arts Umbrella to improve reporting and fundraising processes. This is a great example of how technology, combined with business skills (in this case sales processes) … Continue reading Cutting Reporting Time and Improving Fundraising with Skilled Volunteers at Arts Umbrella

Leveraging the Olympics for more sustainable transit

Nice article here on the Translink blog talking about SAP Vancouver's prep for the Olympics. This has been a massive planning exercise for our company since the main office is on Mainland Street - what will be a pedestrian only zone for the duration of the Olympics and we are right down the street from … Continue reading Leveraging the Olympics for more sustainable transit