Entries by Michelle Holliday

A City of Two Tales

Three suitcases. Two stuffed animals. A bag full of typically Canadian gifts.  And we were off! My ten-year-old and eleven-year old children and I are traveling along the East Coast of the US on a two-week “epic adventure road trip.”  The journey is a response to my growing urge to show them more of life.  […]

#ServingLife

This is a story in two parts: the first a few years ago involving a beautiful client organization; the second yesterday involving a convicted felon (also beautiful, it turns out); both related to the concept of “serving life.”  It’s a story of the surprising depth of meaning and possibility that has unfolded for me within […]

Generative Journalism

I’m at the end of three head-spinningly rich days with Peter Pula, the founder and CEO of Axiom News.  We’ve been exploring what he and his team mean by “generative journalism” and what more it might come to mean.  The gist of our discussion has been that there’s tremendous power in aligning their work with […]

The Social Labs Revolution

I spent a nourishing day recently learning about social labs — an extended process to solve complex challenges by gathering diverse stakeholders in an alternating rhythm of meetings and on-the-ground prototyping. In one example, a lab to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy sources brings together utility companies, alternative energy providers, regulatory bodies and end-users. Representatives […]

Thrivable Investing

For the past two days, 12 of us gathered in Montreal to explore what happens when the spirit and practice of thrivability meet the world of impact investing.  The group consisted of local business leaders committed to the practice of thrivability; impact investors in search of what else is possible “outside the lines”; and thoughtful explorers and supporters […]