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.
- 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.
- Doing some research on how people-focused, values-driven organizations handle their performance management and performance planning practices.
- Designing the ODS diversity report.
- TV: Big Little Lies
- Follow what I’m reading and watching on Goodreads and Letterboxd.
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. Taking a weekend trip to Detroit. 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
Celebrating the holidays on the west coast. Writing a recap of all 95 books I read this year. Checking out the new Cirque du Soleil show. Writing and sending Christmas cards to friends and family around the world. Participating in initial conversations in advance of 2018’s One Book, One London initiative. Facilitating a workshop at work on project deployments and scope. Meeting my new psychiatrist for the first time. Celebrating Salgirah festivities. Attending Holiday Hops for Hope and Slugfest Christmas. Participating in a board retreat to help chart the CKX vision and activities for the upcoming year. Supporting the transition of our work group chat over to a new tool. Going to a bunch of Christmas parties and brunches. Flying to Montreal (eating at delicious restaurants and enjoying the spa) to celebrate L’s birthday weekend. Attending a public consultation on supervised-injection sites in London. Enjoying a performance of Handel’s Messiah. Preparing our house for the winter. Delivering a guest lecture to an internet studies class at Wilfrid Laurier University. Facilitating a workshop for senior public service leaders on leadership in a digital era. Getting a much-needed massage. Enjoying a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Trying out a new restaurant in town. Attending a talk about the role of mayors in our cities. Releasing the ODS Diversity Pledge. Serving on the jury for the Southwest Community Centre Public Art Program. Writing and editing and publishing (really, scheduling) two dozen blog posts. Spending time with my family and the community during the Aga Khan’s visit to Toronto. Celebrating our second wedding anniversary. Attending the 2017 Urban Design Awards reception. Spending Remembrance Day at the Elsie Perrin Williams Estate. Attending the HELM conference. Delivering a workshop on diversity and inclusion at the FWD50 conference. Speaking on a panel on civic innovation at Water Innovation Week. Answering questions at the OMAFRA Digital Day. Working from Washington DC as L attends the AASLD Conference. Spending the day at Communitech to visit with the Canada.ca team and meet with a department director at Wilfrid Laurier University. Creating a guide for ODS staff on how to make sure they attend and speak at conferences that represent a diversity of voices and perspectives. Delivering a “Government 101” session for the incoming C4C fellows. Preparing a statement to London Civic Works Committee about organic waste diversion. Delivering a “Government 101” session for the incoming C4C fellows. Facilitating and hosting the ODS’ first “all-team” day. Exploring diversity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives as part of my new role at work. Thinking of ways to diversify the membership, and perspectives, of the Urban League of London. Doing the necessary preparation before I join the Board of Directors for a national not-for-profit organization. Visiting my in-laws on the west coast for Canadian Thanksgiving. Having frank conversations about mental illness spurred by my recent blog post on going back on my anti-depressants. Watching: Big Mouth Watching: Stranger Things, Season 2 Watching: Mindhunter Watching: American Vandal Watching: Game of Thrones, Season 2 Reading: We Were Eight Years In Power, Ta-Nehisi Coates Reading: Refuge, Dina Nayeri Reading: Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado Reading: Anxy Magazine, Issue 1 Reading: The Golden House, Salman Rushdie Reading: Brother, David Chariandy Reading: Taddle Creek, No. 40 Reading: Men Explain Things To Me, Rebecca Solnit Reading: American Innovations, Rivka Galchen Reading: Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 2, Ed Pisker Reading: The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell, W. Kamau Bell Reading: Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty Reading: Whatever Happened to Interracial Love, Kathleen Collins Reading: Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng Reading: We Are Never Meeting In Real Life , Samantha Irby Reading: History of Wolves, Emily Fridlund Reading: What Happened, Hillary Clinton Reading: The Lion in the Living Room, Abigail Tucker