While at the grocery store the other day, the cashier mentioned to me that 2016 is a year of the Monkey; my purchase of bananas might have had something to do with her comment. Although Chinese New Year does not start until February 8, I took the remark as a sign… well not really, but the bananas were good. Still, it got me thinking about all the fresh possibilities that come with the start of a new year. Here are a few things I’m stoked to be working on in 2016.
I’ve been teaching university courses on change-making for several years now. In fact, Project Change first started out as a major assignment in one of my courses (through an experiential learning process, students create a project that has a positive and measurable impact on their community). Over the years, I’ve put a lot of work into creating a course that enables students to become effective leaders and change makers. In my humble opinion, it rocks!
This year I will be taking my course materials to the business world. Drawing on the best content, activities and exercises from my courses, I’m developing a customizable workshop for companies and organizations. The workshops are designed to empower an organization’s team to unearth their hidden potential and ignite their higher purpose in becoming agents for positive change — at work and in their communities. Using a blend of theory, real life case studies, and personal anecdotes, my hands-on approach shows participants how they can create lasting change in their personal and professional lives. Through a step-by-step process, I teach participants how to identify their core values, nurture their passions, hone their unique talents, and contribute more to the world around them. Click here to read more.
Project Change Foundation
Last year, we started the Project Change Foundation with a simple mission: to support emerging Canadian change makers in their work to make the world a better place. To do this, every year the Foundation invests time and money in early-stage organizations that contribute to community or the environment.
In 2016, we’re providing financial and in-kind support to The Lipstick Project as they continue to grow their organization and expand their services. Established in 2012 and based in Vancouver, The Lipstick Project serves men, women and children who are facing significant health challenges by offering compassionate care through free, professional spa services. Visit The Lipstick Project website for more information, or to help support and get involved with the charity.
Project Change Foundation Talent Bank
If you would like to be added to the Project Change Foundation Talent Bank, from which we draw expert volunteers for our grant recipients to aid them with strategic tasks such as fundraising, accounting, governance, human resources, marketing, etc., please send me an email directly with some information about your skills on which we can draw.
The Foundation’s connection to the broader community sends an important message to our emerging leaders and change makers: that our organizations and community members are invested in them, care about social and environmental responsibility, and promote these values. Please connect with me if you have ideas for how we can support the work of other change-makers in our communities.
Buy a book, make a difference
If you intend to use Amazon to buy books or other products this year, here’s an easy way to leverage your online purchase for a good cause – at absolutely no extra cost to you. If you click on this link to Amazon, and then make a purchase, I will receive a small referral fee. Every year, I donate 100% of these referral fees to the Project Change Foundation to help support emerging Canadian organizations in creating social or environmental change.
Looking for some good reads for the new year? Check out some of my favourite books to help guide and inspire you to make a positive difference in the world and in your life.