Tag Archives: real estate

Affordable housing is never a bad idea. Or is it?

You know what’s wrong with good ideas?  They demand that we shed our preconceptions and act on a new premise.  You cannot with sincerity say, “what a great idea!” without next thinking, “we really ought to try that”.  Because of that compulsion to act, the best ideas often remain undeclared, are politely ignored, or are…
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unusual spaces: new solutions

NetGain has become identified with the cultural community because that’s where we started, in the arts.  However, we quickly discovered that the challenges facing arts organizations were troubling organizations in other fields of non-profit management, as well as in government and the corporate sector.  Soon, our work broadened from the performing and visual arts to…
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Underspending on Overheads

In 2013, Dan Pallotta made a mess of the assumed function of charities by suggesting that society sets rules to disincentivize performance, to the detriment of all.  One of his issues is executive compensation, which is constrained in the charitable world.  It is virtually impossible for charities to attract, motivate, and keep the talent necessary…
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extrinsic demand

Sometimes, Doug brings me pages from the newspaper, which he reads over his morning coffee.  Usually, these pages relate some interesting tidbit about a client or an ongoing topic of interest and discussion around the NetGain office.  It was immediately evident why Doug wanted me to see a clipping, torn from The Globe and Mail…
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