The Food System Gap Highlighted by COVID-19

It only took a few weeks back in late March for Canadians – farmers, consumers, processors, and store owners alike – to realize how tenuous our food system really is. Supply chains stretched and frayed; luckily, they didn’t completely snap. Despite some losses (disastrously on the farm side as around the world milk was dumped, animals were euthanized, and plants and vegetables were plowed under), … Continue reading The Food System Gap Highlighted by COVID-19

How my worst characteristic helped me to have better conversations

You know those interview questions that are meant to help potential employers drill into the deepest corners of your soul, ostensibly to see if you’re made of the “right” stuff? A favourite back in the day that always tripped me up was “What are your best and worst characteristics?” It’s easy to think of negative attributes. Humans have an innate ability to focus on the … Continue reading How my worst characteristic helped me to have better conversations

Are you reacting or responding?

How well people retain the messages and information you’re sharing with them all depends on how you present it. Stop for a moment and think about your favourite teacher: what was it about the way they engaged with your questions that made you focus intently on their reply and helped you retain that information? Most likely it came down to whether that teacher reacted or … Continue reading Are you reacting or responding?