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Help yourself make a positive difference with these 10 worthy reads

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These ten books piqued our curiosity in 2020. Acting on what we have read can make a positive difference. Find out here why they could be a valuable use of your time.

There was no normal through 2020. Setting aside 30-minutes every morning created some needed structure to our day and lives. Reading Bill Bryson’s At Home appeared all the more pertinent. The books cover categories that include health, words, video, digital technology, history and entrepreneurialism.
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Five years hacking Opencity

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Five years of hacking Opencity has revealed many new lessons around innovation, change management and project management. 

Life is a journey where the last five years have been packed with meeting many smart people, learning new things and self-reflection. 

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Charity Spotlight – Sandwich Sisters

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As our reality changed in early spring, Sandwich Sisters pods in Toronto came together to deliver sandwiches to the homeless communities. You can help them reach 100,000 sandwiches by December as the food shortage becomes more apparent.  

Here we explore the motivation of ladies in Toronto who starting making sandwiches for those in need as the pandemic took hold.  

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Charity Spotlight – Childhood Cancer Canada

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One thousand children under 14 each year in Canada are newly diagnosed with cancer. There to support those kids, their families, and advance the research is the Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation. 

We have made such strides in lowering infant mortality and prolonged life expectancy that we could be forgiven for overlooking the fact that there are 10,000 kids in Canada with cancer. As we age, the likelihood is that we will know someone else impacted by cancer. Children diagnosed with cancer can feel socially isolated as none of their friends are experiencing the same emotional situation. Here we explore the inspiring work of Childhood Cancer Canada and learn more about the Breakaway Kids Cancer Cycling Adventure.  

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New recommendations for intermittent catheterization | Case study

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These intermittent catheterization practice recommendations signify a wonderful collaboration among four nursing associations in Canada.

The published recommendations built upon previous work by Opencity Inc on the European Association of Urology Nurses (EUAN) edited summary published in 2016. In this case study, we explore aspects of the recommendation and five lessons learned. 

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Charity Spotlight – Spinal Cord Injury Ontario

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People with spinal cord injury (SCI) are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19. Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCIO) has pivoted to respond to the needs of the spinal cord injury community through this pandemic. 

The risks associated with COVID-19 are high for everyone. And even higher for people with spinal cord injury. Here we explore the SCIO Safe@Home campaign. SCIO will double the impact of your donation to keep people connected to essential lived experience knowledge and support.

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Examples of Ontario virtual codesign during social isolation

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Businesses across the world have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic to pivot the businesses and address virtual codesign. Here we consider four examples from Ontario Health West.

By their nature, startup entrepreneurs are curious, impulsive personalities who can often feel focused and motivated in a crisis. In this post, we examine three startups/scale-ups in Waterloo Region and one in London, Ontario. They are O2 Canada, KA-Imaging, Curiato and 123Genetix.

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New position statement – Preoperative stoma site marking | Case study

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A joint Canadian position statement between Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy & Continence and colorectal surgeons marks a poignant step. This case study explores the process of this collaboration been nurses and physicians to improve outcomes for patients undergoing ostomy surgery. 

The body of literature is emphatic that preoperative site marking should be mandatory in elective cases. This position statement reinforces the necessity to have NSWOC and surgeons available at all times for emergency case interventions for stoma site marking. This project brought together 20 specialist nurses and surgeons from across Canada. It resulted in a position statement, practice enabler and video. 

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Bringing a health tech incubator to fruition | Waterloo Medtech proceedings

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There is now an optimism that the once fragmented players in Waterloo Region are beginning to coalesce in support of scaling health tech.

Waterloo Medtech has just launched their latest proceedings report discussed here. The new Medical Innovation Xchange in Kitchener opened in January. Communitech has announced a new Velocity micro VC-fund for the medtech sector. Google is opening an accelerator in the region.  

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The Future of Aging goes far beyond healthcare

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“Aging well is an expensive, important issue–one that goes far beyond healthcare.” The Future of Aging is artistic and balanced in its presentation with poignantly research quotes to complement the text. 

I have no desire to retire. Why can I not be part of a gig economy in my 70s? Those were my immediate reflections on reading Shirlee Sharkey’s eloquent introduction to The Futures of Aging.

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