CGE Blog

Intrapreneurship in Action: An interview with Nick Frate 0

A key factor driving success has been showcasing the value of the reverse mentorship model during the past three years....

Peer-2-Peer Knowledge Network for Public Innovators: Learning and Development Crowd-Resourcing Program Proposal 1

In this month’s blog, I would like to test out an idea. I have been toying with this idea for some time now. As I share it around, some people seem to think it is interesting albeit disruptive, and others get excited about its potential. Today, I would like to make a pitch to you...

None of Us Have it All Together 1

Ducks look like they have it All Together. Above the water, all is calm. They glide, expressionless and serene. Below the water, they’re paddling madly trying to stay afloat and to avoid getting eaten. It’s like they’re in an endless, hidden panic. We’re not so different from the ducks. If the world discovered that we...

Impossible Dreams 0

I blogged in November 2012 about seeing Dr. Bernard Meyerson, VP Global Innovation, IBM, at that year’s GTEC. Dr. Meyerson spoke to why innovation matters and how it is linked to growth and growth happens when good people pursue grand challenges to accomplish the seemingly impossible. Last week while watching an episode of Second regard on tou.tv, a similar comment came up in an...

Text Messages and Government Records 0

Today’s newspapers are once again reading that bureaucrats, this time in CRA, possibly deleted text messages that may be “government records.” A spokesperson for Treasury Board President, Tony Clement, is quoted as saying: “If the (messages) were of business value and deleted, then the rules were broken. If the CRA can prove that they were...

Leader as Hero: The Power of Commitment 0

When times get tough, we turn to leaders for courage. Yet rarely is courage found in the competency profile of any leadership position. Selection systems cannot abide responding to queries from rejected candidates with “You were not found to be courageous enough for the job.” No one wants to be rejected on the basis of...

Markets Are Conversations 0

Before I dive into the crux that is the title of this post, I first need to provide historical context… In 1517, a very pious German monk named Martin Luther wrote the 95 Theses . For those not familiar, this was a document that listed 95 statements (Theses) that condemned the Pope for selling indulgences (sinners buying their way...

Open Government is Trending 0

I know I’m Civic Engagement’s equivalent to being a “Homer” …no, not Homer Simpson. I’m talking about the guy who at the start of each new NHL season will say “This is the year the Leafs win the Cup!”That’s because, at least when it comes to Civic Engagement, I’m tired of the malcontents and media-click-baiters…and...

Inspiring Versus Engaging 0

We all love the feeling of being inspired. But what does it mean to be inspired? Millions of people have listened to inspirational speakers and felt as though they could take on the World with impunity. They watch a great TED Talk, or buy tickets to a Tony Robbins event, or witness something that gives...

Open Government Statues 0

I’m new to Ottawa, and as such, I decided to explore Parliament Hill the other day. Not so much the structure, but the actual grounds. And as I was walking around, I couldn’t help but marvel at the statues of the founding fathers of our country.…and then it dawned on me. I was sitting here,...