Five Good Ideas

Five Good Ideas is a lunch-and-learn program where industry and issue experts discuss powerful yet practical ideas on key management issues facing non-profit organizations. The sessions are most useful for management staff and board members at small and mid-sized non-profits.

Each expert presents five concise ideas and explores with the audience how these ideas can be translated into action. During each session, participants organize into small groups and continue the discussion to generate the best and most relevant of all ideas.

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Upcoming Five Good Ideas sessions

  • Join us in September 2019 for our next season of Five Good Ideas!

five-good-ideasThe Five Good Ideas Book

Five Good Ideas: Practical Strategies for Non-Profit Success features a collection of the best ideas from past Five Good Ideas sessions.

Previous Five Good Ideas sessions

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Organizational Effectiveness

Published on 28/05/2019

Peter Sloly discusses security and justice in the physical and virtual world.

Exponential technology changes mean that almost everything that we know will be radically altered in the next 10 to 20 years – this includes our basic understanding of “security and justice” in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. While we can’t imagine being without our everyday technology, like our mobile phones, smart speakers, and computers, many of […]

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Human Resources

Published on 30/04/2019

Naki Osutei talks about her ideas for building teams that deliver projects and uplift people.

Individuals may generate ideas but teams bring them to life. In some cases we are working with teams of people who report to us in a workplace setting, in other instances our teams may be composed of volunteers. We may have a team of 2 people or a team of 200. But in all cases, […]

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Human Resources

Published on 28/03/2019

In the complex, uncertain, and fast-paced times we’re living in, there is a big shift underway in the workplace.

There is a big shift in the workplace underway right now: younger generations are replacing the large number of current leaders who are retiring. And as this group of young people navigates their way into the sector, they also have to deal with the many myths and stereotypes that seem to follow them everywhere they […]

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Advocacy and Policy

Published on 21/02/2019

If you are part of a non-profit that that serves people and/or communities, chances are you have been asked about how well you know the needs of the people you support.

If you are part of a non-profit that that serves people and/or communities, chances are you have been asked about how well you know the needs of the people you support. This session shared how a local neighbourhood organization grew its greatest assets: the people it supports and serves. It did it by championing the […]

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Communications

Published on 22/01/2019

Life’s too short for boring, unproductive meetings.

Life’s too short for boring, unproductive meetings. Yet that’s precisely where many of us spend too much of our time. We know that working together is a good and necessary thing, but we also know that getting the right combination of people in a room together (or in a virtual space – even worse…) is […]

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Human Resources

Published on 27/11/2018

In this Five Good Ideas session, Maya Roy drew on her own frontline experience to talk about the benefits of addressing diversity in smaller, grassroots non-profits.

In this Five Good Ideas session, Maya Roy drew on her own frontline experience to talk about the benefits of addressing diversity in smaller, grassroots non-profits. She offered five practical ideas around: 1) Participatory community development as a solid human resources strategy; 2) Online tools that can help upskill your team; 3) Intergenerational job sharing […]

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Communications

Published on 25/10/2018

It’s not just about who you know – but about the meaningful ways you can exchange value with others.

It’s not just about who you know – but about the meaningful ways you can exchange value with others. That’s the key to effective networking, and the cornerstone for connections that last. In this Five Good Ideas session, Emily Mills, founder of How She Hustles, shared networking techniques that helped her build a virtual village […]

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Leadership and Vision

Published on 02/10/2018

Across Canada, cities are at the forefront in dealing with today’s complex issues such as income disparity, affordable housing, mental health, and reconciliation.

Across Canada, cities are at the forefront in dealing with today’s complex issues such as income disparity, affordable housing, mental health, and reconciliation. Newer urban challenges, such as extreme weather events due to climate change and the growing digital divide pose further threats to the social, economic, and physical fabric of our urban communities. None […]

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Leadership and Vision

Published on 18/09/2018

In this session, Karen Pitre presented her five good ideas on how we can support local champions and break down the silos and barriers that get in the way of local initiatives.

The most successful solutions for building stronger communities have strong local support and are driven by local champions. Nonprofits, school boards, libraries, municipalities, community health centres, and many others understand that. They see the value in local and are not afraid of the challenges in developing local solutions with multiple partners. In this session, Karen […]

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