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Story Selling

If there are two recurring themes in these monthly blogs they would have to be the benefits of adopting a philosophy of “gratitude” in one’s life and the power of “story” when it comes to ideas and causes worth sharing. … Continued

Why 2017 Was the Best Year in Human History

“The more perspective you have, the better everything looks. And the less … the worse!” – Nick Murray It has been my tradition with these monthly missives to begin every year with a brief commentary on how our world is … Continued

Merry Christmas from Monty the Penguin

For each of the last ten years the British retailer, John Lewis, has aired what has become an iconic holiday season commercial. Although this years #MozTheMonster was clever in my opinion nothing comes close to 2014’s, “Monty the Penguin”. Admittedly, it … Continued

Losing My Marbles

Recently I celebrated my 56th birthday. As I grow older I have an increasing appreciation that, after a number of decades on this planet, I am travelling down (hopefully not too quickly) the “other side of the mountain”. It was … Continued

DMPTalks with Lorna Somers

For this, the fifth edition of DMPTalks, it was my pleasure to have facilitated a conversation with Lorna Somers. For those of us working within the nonprofit sector Lorna needs very little introduction given her numerous accomplishments within the sector. … Continued

Don’t Lose Your Colour

“There is a Fountain of Youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” … Continued

The Dash vs. Cat Photos

Life is way too short not to do something that matters. Hugh McLeod from gapingvoid shares his wisdom on the subject. “Never before have so many people on this planet have had so much choice about how their time is spent. … Continued

It’s Really All About Gratitude

Somewhat later in life I have found that without developing the conscious habit of being grateful it is extremely difficult to achieve  happiness in one’s life. Unfortunately, gratitude can take an awfully long time to learn. In fact, for many … Continued

DMPTalks with Frank Minton

For this, the fourth edition of DMPTalks, it was my pleasure and honour to facilitate a conversation with Dr. Frank Minton. For those of us in the planned giving community Frank needs very little introduction, however, perhaps a little background … Continued

Winning The Lottery Of The Universe

In 1999 I joined the Canadian board of the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF). In retrospect this was one of those life transforming decisions that one can only fully appreciate well after the fact. As a board member, and later Chair … Continued