The Five Good Ideas podcast rebroadcasts some of the best sessions of Maytree’s popular lunch-and-learn program.
For each session of Five Good Ideas, an expert from the non-profit or corporate sector shares five practical ideas on a key management issue facing non-profit organizations today.
You find sessions from the past season at https://maytree.com/five-good-ideas/.
Five Good Ideas about cultivating lasting relationships with media and journalists
In this session, originally recorded on February 25, 2021, we asked Royson James to share five good ideas about cultivating lasting relationships with media and journalists.
How do you adopt a media mind and make it yours? At some point you may have gotten burned by media or just ignored. Since disengagement isn’t an option, how do you move on and germinate, nurture, and sustain lasting relationships? In this Five Good Ideas session, Royson James, the Toronto Star’s urban affairs columnist and former City Hall bureau chief, de-mystifies the media and talks about how journalists think so you know when, where, and how to engage them intelligently.
Five Good Ideas
Everybody gets screwed by the media. Knowing this prepares you for when your turn comes.
“Fractured Journo World” is an opportunity masquerading as an obstacle.
One hand washes the other – symbiosis sustains the system.
Know your allies. They often stick out.
Be the media junkie and benefit your organization.
Columbia Journalism Review: The voice of journalism since 1961. Gives critical analysis on the state of journalism.
The Poynter Institute teaches, inspires, challenges, and creates a journalism idealism that builds confidence that someone is preoccupied with truth, context, and great witting.
The Toronto Star: Your best media ally and friend in the GTA and in Ontario; most likely to be in synch with your goals for a healthy, caring, and equitable civil society.
MediaSmarts: Canada’s centre for digital media literacy.
The New Media Epidemic: The Undermining of Society, Family, and Our Own Soul by Jean-Claude Larchet. Podcast review of a book you may wish to read.
For the full transcript, visit https://maytree.com/five-good-ideas/cultivating-relationships-with-media/
About Royson James
Royson James is the Toronto Star’s urban affairs columnist and former City Hall bureau chief, recognized throughout the region for his dogged reporting on the region’s governments, and on social justice. He’s a native of Jamaica who immigrated to Canada in 1969, attended Harbord Collegiate in downtown Toronto and had his journalistic training at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. In 2004 he was named an honored alumnus of Andrews University.
Royson is an active member of the Toronto West Seventh-day Adventist Church. He has directed the pathfinder club for kids 10 to 16. He also writes and produces an annual Easter Musical and dramatic presentations. The pathfinders, like Scouts but co-ed, plant an annual community garden and engage in community work.
In 2013 he received Canada’s premier award for African Canadians – the Harry Jerome Award for media. In 2014 he was a finalist in the National Newspaper Award for columnist of a Canadian newspaper.
Royson is married with four children.
Five Good Ideas about workplace harassment
In this session, originally recorded on January 26, 2021, we asked Kristen Pennington to share five good ideas about workplace harassment.
Workplace harassment complaints can cause significant organizational unrest, loss of reputation and damage to employee morale, in addition to considerable legal liability. In this session, Kristen Pennington, Partner, Employment and Privacy Law at McMillan LLP, discusses meaningful ways an organization can prevent workplace harassment to avoid such complaints, as well as minimize disruption in the event a workplace harassment complaint is received. Topics include how to develop and implement effective workplace harassment policies and procedures, and how to prepare to make key decisions if a complaint is made.
Legal disclaimer This podcast is provided for general information purposes only. It is neither intended as, nor should be considered, legal advice. Readers, viewers, and listeners are cautioned against making any decisions based on this material alone. Rather, a qualified lawyer should be consulted. © McMillan LLP 2021.
Five Good Ideas
Make your workplace harassment policy a living document
Implement ongoing and dynamic training
Remove barriers to making complaints
Assemble your investigation team
Demonstrate leadership buy-in
McMillan Lawcasts – Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace: Best Practices for Corporate Counsel and HR Specialists (note: free registration required)
McMillan Employment and Labour Bulletin – Inadequate Workplace Harassment Investigation Results in $75,000 Damage Award
McMillan Employment and Labour Bulletin – Sorry Not Sorry: Ontario Decision Highlights “Aggravating Factors” in Sexual Harassment Cases
Statistics Canada – Harassment in Canadian Workplaces Resources
For the full transcript, visit https://maytree.com/five-good-ideas/five-good-ideas-about-workplace-harassment/
About Kristen Pennington
Kristen Pennington is a Partner at McMillan LLP, a full-service law firm with offices nationwide, where she practices both employment and privacy law.
Experienced in all areas of employment law, Kristen advises employers on hiring and dismissals, employment contracts, performance management and discipline, employment policies, and human rights laws. With an active litigation practice, Kristen has appeared before courts and tribunals at all levels in Ontario, as well as at various arbitrations and mediations.
An area of particular expertise for Kristen is assisting employers in developing and implementing effective workplace discrimination, violence, and harassment policies and programs, and managing workplace complaints. She also provides training on workplace investigations, employee accommodation, management of conflict in the workplace, and the handling of employees’ personal information.
Five Good Ideas to build a city
In this session, originally recorded on December 3, 2020, we asked Mary W. Rowe to share her five good ideas for the non-profit sector to build a city, now and in the wake of a global pandemic.
Mary is President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute. She is no stranger to how cities recover from disasters, having worked in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and New York City during and following Hurricane Sandy. For several years Mary worked closely with Maytree Chair Alan Broadbent on Ideas that Matter, a convening and publishing program focused on the core areas of Jane Jacobs’ work: cities, economies, and values. Her work continues to be focused on how cities enable self-organization, cultivate innovation, and build social, economic, environmental, and cultural resilience.
This Five Good Ideas session was organized in partnership with the Canadian Urban Institute.
Five Good Ideas
Everything important really does start, and is, local
Now’s the time to start sleeping with your enemies
Lead with improvisation, experimentation, and risk-taking
Do not assume, do not wait: Say goodbye to “Big Daddy”
Watch, share, talk, act
The Third Pillar by Raghuram Rajan | read a review
“Rolling up our sleeves” (conference keynote by Mary Rowe) –
“Granular Resilience: Paying Attention to the Local” (article by Mary Rowe)
“New Orleans speaks: We are the ones we’ve been waiting for” (video)
CUI websites: www.citywatchcanada.ca, www.citysharecanada.ca, www.citytalkcanada.ca and www.bringbackmainstreet.ca
For the full transcript, visit https://maytree.com/five-good-ideas/five-good-ideas-to-build-a-city/
About Mary W. Rowe
Mary W. Rowe is President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute. An impassioned civic leader with diverse experience in the business, government, not-for-profit and philanthropy sectors in Canada and the United States for over 30 years, Mary has been a steady advocate and champion for place-based approaches to building livable and resilient cities, and community-driven local economies. She has led campaigns, organizations, initiatives, and companies spanning a few months to several years. Mary was deeply engaged in the self-organizing initiatives that emerged in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, providing support to two dozen initiatives that focused on various forms of resilience. She also supported, in her role at MAS NYC, community engagement efforts during the recovery from Superstorm Sandy, and Rebuild
Five Good Ideas for building financial health through the workplace
In this session, originally recorded on October 28, 2020, we asked Nora Beatty and Alex Mazer to share five good ideas for building financial health through the workplace.
With over 40% of Canadians living paycheque to paycheque, more employers are asking what they can do to increase the financial health of their staff. Alex Mazer and Nora Beatty of workplace retirement plan provider Common Wealth share their five good ideas to help you build financial security in the short and longer term. As an employer, you will come away with ideas you can take to reduce financial stress for your employees; as an individual, you will learn ways to make your hard-earned savings go further.
Five Good Ideas
Make the business case for employee financial health (HINT: it’s not just “nice to do”)
Take advantage of Tax-Free Savings Accounts
Keep fees low
Provide education on accessing government benefits
Make savings automatic
Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan, Common Wealth and the National Institute on Ageing, “The Value of a Good Pension: How to improve the efficiency of retirement savings in Canada” (2018) (learn about the surprisingly large financial value of a good workplace retirement plan – and what makes a plan “good”)
John Stapleton, Open Policy Ontario, “Toolkit: Low Income Retirement Planning” (2020) (learn about the importance of the Tax-Free Savings Account, and other strategies to maximize income in retirement for modest earners)
Larry Bates, “T-Rex” fee calculator (see how much of your returns are being eaten up by high fees)
Prosper Canada, Financial Relief Navigator (find out what government benefits you might be eligible for)
Ontario Securities Commission (access financial education tools and resources approved by one of Canada’s most prominent financial regulators)
For the full transcript, visit https://maytree.com/five-good-ideas/five-good-ideas-for-building-financial-health-through-the-workplace/
About Nora Beatty and Alex Mazer
Nora Beatty is the Director of People Operations at Common Wealth. She is passionate about people and connecting innovative people strategies to better business outcomes. Nora’s journey in HR started at Oracle, and since then she has had the opportunity to join some of the most exciting tech companies and start-ups in the city. Before joining Common Wealth, Nora built out and led the People function at Hubdoc, and supported the deal team during the acquisition by Xero. Post-acquisition, Nora took on a broader operations role, supporting some of the GTM initiatives, while also leading the People function.
Alex Mazer is a Founding Partner of Common Wealth, a mission-driven business that works with associations, unions, and groups of employers to provide value-for-money, collective retirement plans that combine user-friendly technology, digital retirement planning, low-cost investments, guaranteed lifetime income, and a fiduciary duty to members. The company’s focus is on constituencies
Five Good Ideas about advocating for change
In this session, originally recorded on September 28, 2020, we asked Paul Taylor to share five good ideas about advocating for change.
Many of us are seeing the need to create a better world, one that is more just, equitable and sustainable. COVID-19 has caused us to ask a lot of questions about how we can build back better. It’s a moment that has the potential to be profoundly transformative. In this five good ideas session, Paul Taylor, Executive Director of FoodShare Toronto, talks about his own experience in advocating for change and presents his five good ideas for you to use in your own work.
Five Good Ideas
Your advocacy journey begins with what is most important to you.
Advocacy isn’t always about the big stuff (aka public policy).
Curiosity is key! Foster it in organizations and in organizing. Challenge assumptions + keep listening + recognize the box we’ve been convinced to think inside of.
Acknowledge the obstacles and consider they can be overcome.
Be bold! Dream in colour! Better is possible!
It’s time for politicians to take food insecurity and poverty seriously. Op-ed by Paul Taylor, Toronto Star (August 15, 2018).
Pandemic has exposed the rifts in our social fabric. Op-ed by Paul Taylor, Toronto Star (April 21, 2020).
Podcast: AAPF and Kimberle Crenshaw Present: INTERSECTIONALITY MATTERS! The podcast that brings intersectionality to life.
Book: The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex
Website: Metro Vancouver Alliance
For the full transcript, visit https://maytree.com/five-good-ideas/five-good-ideas-about-advocating-for-change/
About Paul Taylor
Paul Taylor is the Executive Director of FoodShare Toronto, and a lifelong anti-poverty activist. Growing up materially poor in Toronto, Paul has used his experience to fuel a career focused not just on helping others, but dismantling the beliefs and systems that lead to poverty and food insecurity, including colonialism, capitalism, white supremacy, and patriarchal structures.
Each year, FoodShare provides a quarter million people with fresh produce, and fights for their right to have access to “good” food on their own terms, rather than charity on someone else’s. Paul’s experience includes Executive Director roles at Gordon Neighbourhood House and the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House. He has also chaired the British Columbia Poverty Reduction Coalition, and served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and as Vice-Chair of Food Secure Canada.
Five Good Ideas about fundraising in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic
In this session, originally recorded on June 30, 2020, we asked Lindsay Groves and Susan Vardon to share five good Ideas about fundraising in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this period of uncertainty created by the Covid-19 pandemic, many non-profit organizations have revised budgets and modified revenue projections to reflect the new reality. While it’s essential that we exercise caution in our outlook, we must also seek every opportunity to set priorities and plans that strengthen our fundraising potential in 2020 and 2021. Lindsay Groves, Vice President, Global Partnerships, and Susan Vardon, Canadian National Director, both of Right To Play International, share ideas on how to re-think your case for giving, innovate your approaches to communications and stewardship to maintain relationships with government partners and individual and corporate donors, as well as recover revenue from lost special events.
Five Good Ideas
Evolve your case for giving
Stay close to “family”
Get creative with your grant portfolio
Re-frame your special events
Leverage technology to advance relationships
Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP): Coronavirus/ COVID-19 resource guide
Oxford Group: Insights
Global Giving: Eight tips for compassionate fundraising during COVID-19
Philanthropy Daily: How to recover revenue from canceled fundraising events
KCI: COVID 19’s impact on Canadian fundraising
For the full transcript, visit https://maytree.com/five-good-ideas/five-good-ideas-about-fundraising-in-the-time-of-the-covid-19-pandemic/
About Lindsay Groves and Susan Vardon
Lindsay Groves is the Vice President for Global Partnerships at Right To Play. Lindsay joined Right To Play’s Global Office in 2008. As the Vice-President for Global Partnerships, Lindsay builds impactful partnerships and programs that empower children to rise above the challenges they face. Lindsay has a Bachelor of Arts from Queens University, a post-graduate degree in International Project Management from Humber College and a Masters of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto.
Susan Vardon is the National Director at Right To Play Canada and has been in that role since September of 2019. She leads a team that fundraises from Canadians for both global programs and partnerships with Indigenous communities in Canada that support children through the power of play. Prior to joining Right To Play, Susan was the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) for 3.5 years. Before CFCC, Susan spent over 20 years at United Way Greater Toronto in a variety of different roles. Susan has also worked as a fundraiser at Queen’s University, The Wellesley Hospital and Upper Canada College. Susan graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University in 1988 and has a CFRE, Certified Fundraising Executive, des