Inspired by the /now movement, this page will be updated regularly with a few things that have the majority of my time and attention right now.
Week of April 22, 2018:
- Celebrating our first date anniversary.
- Helping on-board new staff to the Ontario Digital Service.
- Doing research on how people-focused, values-driven organizations handle their performance management and performance planning practices.
- Releasing the ODS Code of Conduct.
- Taking a flight out to the west coast to spend some time in Vancouver.
- TV: Jessica Jones, Season 2
- Follow what I’m reading and watching on Goodreads and Letterboxd.
Previously in 2018:
- Hosting a public chat with David Chariandy about the themes in his book, Brother, and how they resonate at this time.
Releasing the ODS Diversity Report. Hosting a discussion about David Chariandy’s Brother as part of the One Book One London initiative. Donating blood. Spending the week at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, participating in a retreat on reflective practice in social innovation. Conducting interviews for our new digital policy co-op placements. Attending the OpenON Event. Hosting the Speakers’ Salon series at the Policy Community Conference in Ottawa. Picking up my wonderful wife from the airport after her two-week long trip across the sea. Celebrating the new year. Having some meetings for my work with Urban League and and with CKX.
- ~~Reviewing some proposals on informal recognition systems for employees.
Checking out a show by the Huron Underground Dramatic Society. Attending campaign school. Being shot for a video on public service renewal and how to support employees in building a public sector for the future. Writing a brief on mindfulness in the ODS and creating a plan for how we can better support a mindfulness practice in the workplace. Joining in a discussion about Brother, the 1Book1London book for this year. Attending a lecture on The History, Criticisms, and Applications of ‘Social Inclusion’. Taking a short weekend trip to Boston to eat at places like Oleana, Loyal Nine, and Row 34. Joining the London Urban Beekeepers Alliance. Participating in the “Zero Bureaucracy” Unconference. Speaking at the Ranked Ballots Roadshow. Meeting some civic change makers at the Good Neighbourhood Conference. Judging a political speechwriting competition. Hosting a “mock election” to introduce community members to ranked ballots and how they will change the way we vote for our elected representatives in the next election. Taking a “walk on the wild side” and learning more about natural spaces in and around the city. Celebrating my birthday by taking a weekend trip to Langdon Hall. Taking a weekend trip to Detroit; especially excited to go back to the DIA. Donating blood for the first time in ages. Checking out a talk on human-designed urban space. Delivering a lunch n’ learn on digital leadership. Celebrating Valentine’s Day at TACOLANDIA. Watching the movie I’ve been waiting for all my life: Black Panther. Hosting the One Book One London launch event. Participating in a discussion about a public service mental health strategy. Having fun at a pre-Valentine’s date night cooking class at Jill’s Table. Enjoying Valentine’s Tea at the Tea Lounge. Presenting at a few sessions—and attending a few, too—at the OPS Leadership Development Program on innovation in the public service. Participating in the Urban League of London Civic Engagement Fair, bringing together representatives from various city departments to meet with citizens who want to be more engaged in city building and decision-making. Attending a discussion about drug policy in Canada. Dining at the “Whole Sturgeon” special dinner in support of Growing Chefs Ontario. Enjoying vegan dim sum day at The Tea Lounge. Receiving a community recognition award from MPP Peggy Satler and attending a small reception for it. Attending the Designing the Future of Work symposium. Watching Silence, a play about Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell written by Trina Davies, at the Grand Theatre. Enjoying a Spanish tapas cooking class at Jill’s Table. Fixing my broken teeth. Having preliminary conversations about the MINDS Lab project. Doing data analysis on our survey data in preparation for the release of the ODS diversity report. Hosting the Student Pathways Challenge final showcase. Having dinners and brunches with friends (and new babies!) we haven’t seen in months. Attending the first Byron Community Association meeting of the year. Supporting the recruitment efforts at work. Ushering in the new year with my incredible wife at the Wolfe of Wortley. Cleaning up, sorting things, getting settled after two weeks away. TV: Broadchurch, Seasons 1 and 2 TV: My Next Guest Needs No Introduction: Barack Obama TV: This Is Us, Season 1 TV: Big Little Lies TV: Black Mirror, Season 4 TV: Collateral