August 26, 2009

Brain candy: TEDx comes to Canada, future of news, Maytree conference and more...

By Alison Loat
Fall is here, and with it comes a great line up of interesting events to inject a little mo-jo into our public discourse. Here are a few we're planning to attend (biased toward, although not limited to Toronto): 1. TEDx comes to Canada: Lovers of the brain candy provided by the podcasts from TED's various conferences will be delighted to know that an independently-organized Canadian version is c... [More]

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August 17, 2009

Response to your responses: more fodder for discussion

By Alison Loat
As a relative newbie to the op-ed pages of the Globe and Mail, I was a bit overwhelmed by the response our op-ed received. Who said no one reads newspapers anymore? In any event, thank you to everyone who responded to our piece last week. I wanted to take this opportunity to summarize and comment on the major points (positive and negative) that we heard and raise a few questions for ongoing dis... [More]

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August 13, 2009

Op-Ed in today's Globe and Mail

By Alison Loat
This morning the Globe and Mail was kind enough to publish an op-ed we wrote, arguing that we all need to pull up our socks to get at the malaise in our public life. We've already received a number of terrific comments. Please let us know what you think and we'll share a summary of the feedback with you in the coming days. You can read the article here, and comment on this blog, the Globe sit... [More]

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August 6, 2009

What do you know about political leadership? Please tell us here!

By Alison Loat
As regular readers know, we're kicking off our exit interview project with former MPs who left public life after either the 38th or 39th Parliaments (to translate: between 2004 and 2008). In the process of developing this work we've spent a lot of time understanding what we know and don't know about political leadership in Canada. The short answer is, unsurprisingly, that we don't all that much. ... [More]

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