The Hall of Fame Speech I Never Gave: Sport Organizations’ Over-regulation and Under-protection of the Female Athlete (Ann Peel Class of 2018) Ann Peel competed for Canada in the racewalk for over fifteen years, winning medals internationally. Her favourite moment was a victory lap at Madison Square Gardens. She founded Athletes CAN with a … More The Over-Regulation and Under-Protection of the Female Athlete
Cue to a female basketball player……..”Genders don’t play sports, athletes do.” As I listened to this ad while watching NCAA March Madness, I thought, “exactly.” In fact, I remember reading years ago that female and male athletes have more in common with each other than they do with non-athletes of the same gender. Yet, sport … More What does March Madness have to do with it?
I was invited to write a short guest column on my ideas for a re-imagined Olympic Games for OpenCanada.org, a publication of the Canadian International Council, the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History. You’ll find it here at OpenCanada.org. I would love to learn what people think of my … More The Olympic Games Reimagined
On Saturday, Londoners, in a move that repudiated their Prime Minister’s explicit effort to spread fear and hate, elected Sadiq Khan their mayor. Whether he will prove a good mayor is moot. What matters is that citizens turned their backs on those who promote fear of the other. (For those who weren’t following the pre-election … More Bravo London: the failure of hate
This morning, I presented a webinar as part of the Ali Center 4th Annual Athletes and Social Change Forum, held online. What follows is my suggested framework for a Declaration of Rights for Athletes. (its long, but I hope you’ll enjoy the paper). A Declaration for Human Rights in Sports would be a tremendous accomplishment. An … More A Declaration of Rights for Athletes — its long overdue!
Here it is…..the SUV that was parked on a street beside our hotel. The notices on the windows are a little hard to read. They invite anyone passing by to take shelter in the SUV which is unlocked, contains a blanket and pillow, and is free. We were unsure how to respond to this….at first … More Complexity? Begin at the beginning. And don’t make assumptions.
The more I write about complexity, the more I seem to be confronting it in my own life…..even as I try to keep my life relatively simple and straightforward. That goal is becoming less and less possible, however, in a world of nuance and ethical dilemnas in which very little is either simple or straightforward. … More The complexities of bearing witness
Its the time of year when many people, particularly those raised in the Judeo-Christian tradition, reflect more deeply than usual on the state of humanity. I know I won the lottery to be born and to live in Canada, a remarkably safe, secure corner of the world. (A wonderful resource to share with children when … More ‘Tis the season: a personal reflection on localising the global
While we’re on the subject of complex vs complicated, ensuring that young people have access to quality sport and play opportunities has become complex, but it shouldn’t be. Why do people create systems that are hard to navigate when we all want the same result: kids playing? I’m reminded of how we navigate the … More Access to Sport: a problem that should not be complex
It has become trite to say that we live in a complex world. But, when asked, many people will talk about phenomena that are complicated, not complex. Complicated? Complex? What’s the difference? The Canadian government plans to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees now living in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey by the end of February 2016 (the … More Complex and complicated are not synonyms, and why the difference matters.