Deliberate Act of Kindness

Merry Christmas – and if that isn’t your thing, Happy Holidays. And if that isn’t your thing, here’s to a couple days off to think, relax and enjoy life.

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Great Ideas Do Not Know Boundaries of Political Stripe, Personality Type or Religion

I was recently speaking with a friend from Utah who is a practicing member of the Mormon faith. She had been asked by people close to her how her values align to the things I speak about. We both share a passion for ending homelessness. We both believe that we should be driven by data. We both see merits in following practices that are proven to work rather than hunches or anecdotes.

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Disruption

All disruptors are innovators, but not all innovators are disruptors. The disruption comes when an innovative idea, product or way of performing an action completely changes how an industry works. Think of how your phone now is also your camera, flashlight, calendar, game console, medium for watching movies and more. That disrupted – changed – everything, especially if you were in the camera or flashlight or other affected businesses/industries.

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Shut Up and Say Something

At 4:06 am on Thursday October 29, 2015 I awoke panicked. It was 4 hours and 24 minutes before I was set to give the keynote at the Florida Supportive Housing conference. I had a presentation locked and loaded. There were some of the greatest hits from previous conferences contained therein. But I was unsettled.

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Gobble, Gobble: Charity Instead of Action is for Turkeys

Over the next month – in the form of others giving thanks through charitable giving – non-profits in the homelessness and housing industry will take in a very large portion of their annual donations. Maybe it is informed gifting. But I bet a lot of it is guilt money, and the feeling that a person or organization cannot really have a great holiday season unless they make a contribution to a non-profit. Giving Tuesday seems designed (contrived?) in part to serve as a catalyst for this purpose. No matter what the reason, I am thankful that non-profits get the opportunity to fundraise, though I appreciate that movements towards ad-blocking online may make a huge chunk of this work more difficult in coming years.

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Your Professional Development Plan

This week I invite you to undertake some self-reflection and think about your professional development plan. What do you need to do in order to become the best you in your job? Find some quiet time and think on the following questions:

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Get Your BS Meter and Megaphone Ready

We are just days away from Veterans Day. Get your BS meter and megaphone ready. You are about to hear many communities declare “functional zero” in ending homelessness for veterans in their community. I call BS loud. I hope and trust you have the strength and courage to do so as well.

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My Take Aways from the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness Conference

I attended my first Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness conference in the three year history of the conferences. I applaud Tim Richter and the Canadian Alliance for pulling it off. I applaud the people that travelled from all ends of the country to attend in Montreal.

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Rapid ReHousing is NOT a Crisis Service

Three times just this week I have heard Rapid ReHousing referred to as a crisis service, or that the role of support staff in Rapid ReHousing is to respond to crises.

No. No. No. No. No. No. No. Big fat no.

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Before That Winter Shelter Gets Into Full Swing, Read This

I grew up in Northern Ontario. I understand winter cold. I know first hand the piercing pain of a northern wind sweeping across Lake Superior and taking the breath from you. My brother and I used to have to shovel our driveway and we would describe the degree of cold outside of whether or not snot would freeze when you breathed in deep. And just to make my cold weather credentials (and hoser-esque Canadiana) even more well known, we heated our house with wood, so I know what it is like to be in the middle of the night in a frozen abode until more logs got on the fire. I hate the cold. I know winter is a heartless bastard. I wish winter did not happen, and the more I travel to places like Florida, Southern California and Hawai’i, the more I realize how smart people are for living there.

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