Canadians have become more empowered with access to information and technology that enable them to interact with each other and institutions in new and profound ways. We have Open Government, Access to Information and Privacy online requests, and other tools that enable transparency. Services such as Uber and Airbnb allow strangers to interact to create new experiences. With this push towards transparency, I wanted to take a look at how Canadians feel about trust, are how this affects their relationship with institutions. The results surprised me: as we’ve lost trust in those in authority, we have gained trust in each other. This shift represents huge opportunities for those willing to work with – not just for – the public. read more
This Canada Day, folks from my community (Wakefield and Chelsea, QC – about 30 km north of Ottawa) paddled the Gatineau River to Ottawa with folks from Kitigan Zibi Algonquin First Nation. It’s a paddle bringing about real, community based reconciliation and transformation. This year was particularly significant, due to the importance placed on Canada’s 150th anniversary. read more
Amidst all our Holiday preparations, we tend to forget that it is an important time of the year to give back to those who are less fortunate in our community. From learning new skills to boosting self-confidence, there are endless rewards associated with helping others. Needless to say, there is power in giving back and it’s an imperative value to the Systemscope team. read more
- ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the city
- Not a public servant was stirring, not even a Committee.
- The RFPs were submitted to Procurement with care,
- In hopes that contracts soon would be there.
- The consultants were nestled all snug in their desks,
- While Gantt charts a-many directed their tasks.
As one of the core values of our firm, Systemscope prides itself on giving back to the community through sponsorship and participation in charitable events. We are regular sponsors of Government of Canada Charitable Workplace Campaign events, An Evening of Hope, which raises funds for Lung Cancer Research, and the Ottawa Hospital Foundation President’s Breakfast. We also encourage our employees to take advantage of their annual volunteer days for worthwhile causes. These volunteer days have been used for fundraising bike tours (Tour for Kids), building playground structures for underprivileged neighbourhoods, participating in fundraising barbeques, organizing Christmas hamper programs, and being volunteers at our childrens’ schools. I would like to share my own personal volunteering experience – being a first-time participant in Special Surfers Night.
It seems like everyone wants to know the secret to happiness. We seek experts’ advice to guide us in the right direction. I attended a talk at the DPI Conference in May by Neil Pasricha, a bestselling Canadian author and TED speaker focused on positivity and simple pleasures as a foundation for a more productive and satisfying life. He flipped a common perception on its head: rather than working hard to be happy, it turns out that if we’re happy, we’ll do great work. read more
Meaningful measures: Refreshing your organization’s IM performance measurement strategy – Systemscope hosts workshop at ARMA 2016 Spring Workshop Series
As a long-standing supporter of the Association of Records Managers and Administrators (ARMA), Systemscope has delivered many presentations at their program meetings. This year, we participated in the Spring Workshop Series and offered a new approach for Information Management performance measurement through an engaging and interactive session. read more
Part of the joy of information management is delving into a vast panoply of subjects and activities; information architects tend to develop a taste for variety – even outside of work. This is why I am involved in the Ottawa Society for the Arts and Sciences (OSFAS) – an organization dedicated to promoting broadly intellectual pursuits in the NCR, primarily through lectures and accompanying social events. They are hosting some fascinating, free events this Spring sure to get you thinking about some of the most interesting and hot topic intellectual issues of the day.