Mark Holmgren's blog

Working yet Homeless in Banff, Alberta

This is the story of Josh, a young man who moved to Banff, Alberta for the abundance of work, but is homeless on his $15.00 per hour wages and lack of affordable housing.

Living Poor: Karen's Story

Karen is a prime example of what it means to be a hard-working single mother living poor. Low wages, less than full-time work, no benefits, and an unbearable wait for affordable housing are the burdens she bears on a daily basis.

A Simple Community Engagement Dashboard

Download this spreadsheet to help you visualize your community engagement goals, activity, and progress over a 12-month period.

Ending Precarious Employment – A Game-Changer Strategy

This blog describes the growing issue of precarious employment and how liveable income is a game-changer in poverty reduction, with examples such as the Fight for $15 and Fairness and Living Wage.

More about the Game-Changer Approach to Poverty Reduction

Comparing and contrasting Vibrant Communities Canada's new Game Changer approach and the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH).

Mandatory Winter Tires and Poverty

The mandatory winter tire debate - another example of public policy in which people who "have" make decisions that unequally burden people who "have-not" or "barely-have".

Watch Out for the Solution Bias

As we develop a new idea, program, or policy to address a significant problem, if we are not careful, we may solely focus on the positive changes we are working on, and fail to see the challenges or negative impacts of what we are creating. This is solution-bias.

Movement Building and Collective Impact

Comparing and contrasting the Collective Impact approach with the movement building process.

Thinking about the Charity Model and Systems Change Debate

Integrative Thinking is the ability to hold and work with opposing views simultaneously. This is a look at how integrative thinking is applicable to the non-profit sector, with the Charity Model and Systems Change debate.

Disruptive Innovation: a Type of Upside Down Thinking

Disruptive Innovation, like Upside Down Thinking, is about changing the norms of doing business. In the private sector, entrepreneurs know how difficult, if not impossible, it is to break into an existing market dominated by those companies with huge market share.