Taking the mystery out of ‘the ask’

By Joanne Linka (November 7, 2019) Empowerment Dialogue: A New Approach to Fundraising, Ken Ramsay, Civil Sector Press, 2016, 106 pp., $31.95 Have you ever slogged through a book — especially one for work — and reached page 239 and thought: “this book could have been written in 50 pages and spared me the time and boredom of the extra 189 pages?!?”…

A tale of how the oil and gas industry took its seat at the head table of democracy

By Gail Picco (November 5, 2019) Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth by Rachel Maddow, Crown, October 1, 2019, 432 pp., $29.70 It’s tough to write a review of Rachel Maddow’s new book Blowout without borrowing her process of explaining the foundational elements of the story before actually getting to the meat of it; of burying your…

Building social connectedness in a social media world

By Sharon Broughton (October 31, 2019) Hivemind: Thinking Alike in a Divided World, by Sarah Rose Cavanagh, PhD., Grand Central Publishing, September 3, 2019, 304 pp., $27.71 Have you witnessed the “invisible leash,” the channel of communication between a dog and his owner, manifested by mutual understanding and a deep and binding connection?  In disaster, have you seen the best brought out in…

Mountains and the Meaning of Reading

by Juniper Locilento (October 29, 2019) The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life by David Brooks, Random House (April 16, 2019), 384 pp., $26.06 The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall, Simon & Schuster (August 13, 2019), 352 pp., $21.83 Reading is one of my greatest pleasures. I’ve chosen the world of books over the actual world for as long as I can remember and nothing…

Need to manage your manager?

Have you experienced poor management at some point in your career? By Mo Waja (October 25, 2019) Bedtime Stories for Managers, Henry Mintzberg, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, February 5, 2019, 200 pp. $21.78 Bedtime Stories for Managers is enjoyable collection of insights and anecdotes from Henry Mintzberg, a clear thought leader from the get-go. With a refreshingly conversational tone, Mintzberg tackles the idea of management with a…

Climate Change Edition: The high cost of “disaster capitalism”

by Katherine Verhagen Rodis (October 10, 2019) The Geography of Risk: Epic Storms, Rising Seas, and the Cost of America’s Coasts by Gilbert M. Gaul, Sarah Crichton Books, September 3, 2019, 304 pp, $38.00  Tropical storms are increasing in their intensity, causing more devastation in their path. Gilbert M. Gaul, in his recent book, The Geography of Risk (2019), stresses that “Many of the hurricanes…

Climate Change Edition: Klein’s book is a must read with advice on how we can avert disaster

By Katherine Verhagen Rodis (October 9, 2019) On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal by Naomi Klein, Knopf Canada, September 17, 2019, 309 pp, $24.75 “We have been trained to see our issues in silos; they never belonged there.” (Naomi Klein, February 2019) Regardless of whether or not you work in an environmental arm of the charitable sector, you need to read…

Climate Change Edition: The Reality of Climate Anxiety

By Juniper Locilento (October 7, 2019) The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells, Tim Duggan Books (Feb. 19 2019), February 19, 2019, 320 pp, $30.90 Climate anxiety is real.  As I’ve been reading David Wallace-Wells’ The Uninhabitable Earth these past few weeks, I found myself falling into a funk, questioning all of my individual choices and wondering about their implications. I had been looking forward to this book because I wanted context for…

Indigenous Non-Fiction: We Have a History

This Place is a hearty place, an artful place, full of resonant emotion.    This Place: 150 Years Retold, Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Sonny Assu, Brandon Mitchell, et al., Forward by Alicia Elliott, Highwater Press, May 17, 2019, 296 pp. $36.00 This Place: 150 Years Retold begins in 1867, the year Canada was created and “the moment colonialism started to creep against this land,” writes award-winning author,…

Podcasting? Grant writing? Here are guides to both.

A proper guide to starting a podcast—friendly, but stern   By Cindy Wagman (September 26, 2019) So You Want to Start a Podcast: Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Story, and Building a Community That Will Listen by Kristen Meinzer, William Morrow, August 6, 2019, 224 pp, $22.69 Podcasting seems to be on the tip of everyone’s lips these days. With good reason—podcasting is a great way to…