Dan

Dan translates InWithForward's work in Canada to an Australian context. He has a background in numbers and systems, set-up micro-enterprise networks in Africa, and drafted resolutions at the UN towards the Millennium Goals. He also worked in impact investment with UK social ventures. Dan's interest in on-the-ground research grew with every modeling assumption that missed the mark. In 2011-12 he developed new forms of carer support with Sarah @  The Australian Centre for Social Innovation. Now he really sees the potential of stories to move people and systems forward. Get in touch!

ArticleWe were featured in The Tyee

by Dan, July 9, 2014

Want to read how others' describe our Burnaby project? Here's your chance! Read on

  • tags:
  • social isolation
  • belonging
  • social inclusion
  • Canada

ReviewSome more remarkable ways to gain insights

by Dan , June 10, 2014

A review of Seeing What Other's Don't by Gary Klein. And the question "How to get better at gaining insights?" Read on

  • tags:
  • review
  • ethnography
  • methodology
  • positive deviants

StoryJoe, the Maker

by Dan , April 10, 2014

Joe’s days are never quite the same: From feeling down and tired one day to performing at karaoke nights. Joe's stories gives us some clues about mechanisms of change like story editing, feedback, and contributing. Read on

  • tags:
  • Disability
  • Retirement
  • Penrith
  • Australia
  • welfare

Join us tonight for a drink and a good chat at the Toronto Co-production Meetup. From 7pm at The Common.

~ Dan

Some of the lighter stuff we're reading this weekend is Tim Harford's piece on behavioural economics and what it can do. It makes us wonder whether it's analysing people or nudging people towards desired policy outcomes? And is this a good thing? What's your sense?

~ Dan

This week our studio is on the move to Toronto. Here's a thematic lesson we found for the in-flight entertainment: Viktor Frankl in Toronto back in '72.

~ Dan

ArticleViktor Frankl in Toronto

by Dan, March 19, 2014

On the search for meaning. Read on

We've just learned about this family day care near Renee's place. Dennys and Maria started it in their living room for kids on the autism spectrum. But it's apparently the first and only one in the country. Why?! Have you seen others? #positivedeviance #resourcefulness HT ABC 7:30

~ Dan

Today we've learnt a new word - Jugaad. And what it really takes to prompt change. Good on you Arunachalam!

~ Dan

LingoSocial Psychology

by Dan, March 2, 2014

Kurt Lewin, one of the early social psychologists wrote, "In order to understand why people do what they do, we have to view the world through their eyes and understand how they make sense of things." Read on

  • tags:
  • social psychology
  • mechanisms

...and here is what we're listening to in our Sydney outpost. As we're reviewing the Antidote. Hat tip TRB

~ Dan

LingoStory Editing

by Dan, February 28, 2014

Story editing helps us re-frame our personal narratives. And change our behaviours. It's one of the mechanisms we often explore in ethnographies and test on-the-ground. Read on

  • tags:
  • methodology
  • mechanisms
  • behavior change

Story"Who wouldn't want their kids to come good?"

by Dan , February 26, 2014

"Family carer?" Renée chuckles, "I guess that'd be me." She's been raising her 4 kids and a foster daughter. And puts a face on policies of 'Person-Centredness' and 'Independence' as she works her formal care shifts. But she'd rather celebrate Interdependence Day with her family and client friends. Read on

  • tags:
  • Disability
  • Community Care
  • Sydney
  • Australia

ArticleHappy

by Dan, February 17, 2014

Down under, we're moving & shaking to Pharrell Williams. Get Happy. Read on

  • tags:
  • music

ArticleGood Measures Revisions #2

by Dan, December 1, 2013

Another 7 days gone! Were they a good 7 days? Read on

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  • metrics