Social work in the digital age: secure tech tools for social good

This research looks at how new technologies can increase mobility and efficiency in the field of social work, while keeping data secure. Harnessing these efficiencies is a chance to focus resources on vital in-person services for clients.

Disruptions are about pulling reality one step closer to your fantasies and imagination

From his life experiences, Dhairya Dand has distilled some lessons about disruption. I think he offers the ingredients for a positive disruption and innovation mindset.
I think we can learn from his approach in the immigrant and refugee-serving sector.

3 Reasons Why the Future of Work is People-First

Much of the current writing on AI is about how AI will replace some human functions, but just as much on how important humans will remain (and perhaps more so) in the future. Current writing also emphasizes the importance of the choices we make now about AI, innovation and technology. It’s not all quite as out of our control as the tech bros might want you to believe.

WTF (What’s the Future) of Settlement Work 5: technology & innovation for the public interest

Welcome to the fifth edition of WTF (What’s the Future) of Settlement Work! (Thanks for subscribing! As always, I’d love your feedback. All you need to do is hit reply and let me know what you liked, didn’t like, what you’d like to see that’s not here, etc. I hope you find this week’s edition Read more about WTF (What’s the Future) of Settlement Work 5: technology & innovation for the public interest[…]

Interesting digital programs/projects in the immigrant and refugee-serving sector

As part of some work I’ve been doing, I’m collecting links to interesting digital programs and projects in the immigrant and refugee-serving sector. I definitely don’t have them all, but I’m up to 67 projects so far. Please add yours, or something you know about if you don’t see it!

Building a Newcomer-Centric Technology-Enabled Settlement Sector in Canada

I recently attended the 21st National Metropolis Conference in Halifax. I don’t get to these gatherings very often and they’re always a reminder of how much is happening in a very complex sector and how awesome and committed sector folks are. I presented a summary of some research work I’ve been doing for a client, and thought I’d share my presentation notes here.

Reflecting on my work and the work to come

The common thread in my work has become obvious. Working with immigrant and refugee-serving sector organizations. While some of my ideas and writing, and approaches, have tried to be broadly focused (like the Nonprofit Services Canvas), the reality is that I am working and implementing with immigrant and refugee-serving organizations. And that’s where this year is looking to focus as well.