Executive Director's Message
I recently attended the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organization's (CCVO) Connections 2013 meeting and was fortunate to see Dan Pallotta's keynote address. Dan delivered a powerful and inspiring talk that challenges people to change the way we think about changing the world - specifically about changing how we think about non-profits. Prior to his presentation at the CCVO conference, Dan delivered a similar presentation as part of the TED talk series. To date, this talk has received over 1.7 million views which is encouraging as what Dan has to say has people talking.
Dan's presentation summarizes five key challenges facing non-profits today including compensation, advertising and marketing, taking of risk on new revenue ideas, time and profit. Some take home messages for me included:
I was inspired by Dan's courage to stand up for our sector - the voluntary sector. I have often wondered why it is called the voluntary sector. I feel this term undermines and de-values a sector that provides over 170,000 jobs in Canada and provides critical and irreplaceable services to the health, education and environmental sectors. In Alberta alone the voluntary sector provides over $9 billion in services; that doesn't seem very 'voluntary' to me.
I encourage those of you who haven't viewed this TED talk to do so and for those of you who have seen it, please keep talking about it.
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