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Deep Thoughts from The North and More Serious Materials

June 2019

June 1st What Have I Learned? I met with some students yesterday - high school students I had worked with in Banff who were reporting on their amazing work demonstrating their sense of agency. One asked me "what had taken... Continue Reading →

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December 2016

Alan Bennet, The Queen, Donald Trump, Benjamin Britten, Queen Victoria and others....

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Thinking About the Future

Part the First Fingering the Future With my colleague JC Couture, I am teaching at the University of Alberta a course focused on using strategic foresight as a key component of leadership. Small group - ten students. Smart group with... Continue Reading →

May 2019

May 26th - Getting Older There are, according to my understanding, challenges ahead for us all as we get older. Watching the BBC's The Dementia Choir - a moving pair of episodes of individuals with dementia coming together to sing... Continue Reading →

August

August 10th I am sorting out my will and doing some estate planning. This is not at all connected to Vladimir Trumpkins "fire and brimstone" threats to North Korea and the growing fear that he could well start World War... Continue Reading →

July 2017

July 1st Canada 150 What a wonderful place Canada is and has been for our family. Such a nice day yesterday - farmers market, a few drinks, cooking, some decent TV (thanks to the BBC) and just chatting. Then fireworks.... Continue Reading →

June

This month we will be in France and back in Canada. Watch this space for news, thoughts, and images from Toulouse. June 1 Visited the Musee Toulouse-Lautrec in Albi. A Very nice gallery display of his work in a building very... Continue Reading →

May

May 1st 1st of May is traditionally a day to celebrate work and labour. I am not sure that this is the same as, in Britain, celebrating Labour. Yet today I am working. I am at Douglas College in British... Continue Reading →

April

April 1st Ever since the BBC and Cliff Mitchelmore ran a piece on Panorama in 1957 about the poor spaghetti harvest in Switzerland and its impact on the eating habits of the locals (brilliantly funny), I have looked forward to... Continue Reading →

March

March 1st [St. David's Day] Today is L's 69th birthday. I will be 67 later this year. We don't do much to celebrate these events, other than to acknowledge "we are still here!". In fact, apart from the more frequent... Continue Reading →

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