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Review: The Boiling Frog Dilemma

“Through the global recession of the past few years, Canada’s economy has done reasonably well. Yet, things are not all that they seem. Like a More...

Review “Gift Ecology”

Gift Ecology: Reimagining a Sustainable World is a little book packed with big ideas. It’s the latest effort from Peter Denton, a Winnipeg-based academic and blogger, whose More...

Top 10 books – 2013

This year’s list covers a range of urgent topics, from the technical to the technological, from the city to the country, from the personal to More...

How to create an innovation ecosystem

  When we talk about innovation, we often focus on individuals. Take the endless fascination with Steve Jobs as an innovative leader, or our innate More...

Review: “Focusing on What Matters”

Gary Hamel is a management consultant, professor and writer who’s been called the #1 most influential business thinker by the Wall Street Journal. Back in the 1990s, he More...

Review: “Made to Stick”

Back in 2000, a little known writer from the Waterloo Region of Ontario published a book that became an international sensation. “Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping More...

Review: “The Great Reset”

There’s no question that the biggest – and most controversial – name in economic development of late has been Richard Florida. The New Jersey native, who relocated More...

Review: “Different”

One of the biggest challenges many economic development professionals face is finding a way to make their community stand out and look different from its More...

Review: “What Women Want”

Paco Underhill is an environmental psychologist and business author based in New York. Basically, environmental psychologists believe that our surroundings influence our behaviour, a pretty straightforward idea. Underhill, More...

Review: “UnMarketing”

If you have used Twitter for a while you have probably come across social media guru Scott Stratten. Stratten regularly shares social media and relationship marketing More...

Review: “MacroWikinomics”

In 2006, Canadian writers Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams authored a little book called “Wikinomics”.  It described how wikis and the collaborative tools of  Web 2.0 were poised to reshape how the More...

Review: “NurtureShock”

The structures that dominate the western educational model have often been attributed to Otto Von Bismarck, the charismatic political and military leader who unified Germany in More...