Our Blog

As a team, we are constantly reflecting on our work, current opportunities, and emerging issues facing the sector. Every month, we will take a deeper dive into a relevant topic to produce a thought piece which we hope will spark a conversation across Nova Scotia. Click below to read our past posts and learn how you can get the latest updates delivered to your inbox!

Take Flight: Embracing a Culture of Failing Forward

Remember when, with skinned knees, we were encouraged to get back on our bicycles? The expectation wasn’t perfection when we first peddled, wobbly on two tires. We knew we were bound to fall. But each time we hit a curb, unsteadily ventured further, or earned a new bruise – we learned.....

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Reflections of Our Decolonization Journey

Much of the focus of my work and relationship building over the past year has been around decolonization and reconciliation, particularly through my role with the Decolonization Learning Journey (DLJ), offered to the sector in partnership with Unama’ki College....

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Ubuntu and Radical Generosity at Work

October is Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month, a theme that we have been reflecting on for quite some time and are excited to share some thoughts. This month’s blog is a collaborative effort between Annika Voltan and Karen Mutyabule. From their perspectives, both will reflect on the ideas and practices of healthy workplace cultures......

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Shelf Love: Re-examining my Pride Reading List

Our team at the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia (CSCNS) is constantly sharing interesting and thought-provoking podcasts, articles, and books with each other. Working remotely for the past few months, this gives us a way to connect virtually over new ideas and content.....

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Apples, Onions & Peaches: Learning Organizations for Impact

On Friday afternoons, the CSCNS team closes out the week with our A.O.P. meetings. They started several months ago when our colleague Emma shared that she uses “Apples, Onions, and Peaches” at the dinner table to encourage....

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Working For-Impact: A Millennial's Perspective on Navigating Labour Systems

Okay, so I grew up reading (and still enjoy) dystopian fiction - Hunger Games, Divergent, Handmaid’s Tale, The Pretties, anyone? Dystopian novels seem to revolve around ‘work’ given that labour is such a major part of life and survival. Through the imaginations of authors, I’ve been introduced to...

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Burnout: A Pandemic Nested Within a Pandemic

As I was reading articles on burnout one evening (yes, I hear the irony!)I overhead my daughter and her friend talking about how nervous they were for their upcoming Grade 12 Global Geography test. One jokingly said to the other, “When in doubt, answer ‘Carrying Capacity.’”

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Beyond Statements: Transformational Anti-Racism Work is Relational

At CSCNS, we have a little crush on Brené Brown and often find ourselves referencing her work in team meetings. While these days Brené borders on being a household name, her colleague Aiko Bethea is a lesser-known rising star.

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It's Time to Shift Our Thinking: Non-Profit to For-Impact

A couple of weeks ago my colleague Emma sent me a note and said “you need to watch this”! She was referring to a 2-ish minute video posted by Simon Sinek on LinkedIn.

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