Graham Steele has a new book, The Effective Citizen: How to Make Politicians Work for You.
“It’s actually an optimistic book because what it says to people is you can get things done.”
Tim sits down with Steele to find out how that really works. (Pro tip: record your conversation the next time you meet with a politician.)
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Maggie Rahr kicks off the episode with a discussion about the auditor general’s report on mental health services. Read her story about a woman’s desperate efforts to get help for her son.
And check out these facts and figures about gaps in mental health services in this series called Overburdened by journalism students in the investigative workshop at King’s.
Great discussion about the mental health and addiction system. The core of the problem, of course, is that the system itself is not designed to be client-centered. It is, through more of an evolutionary process, and a lack of intentional leadership, system-centric. After transforming the system in the south shore of Nova Scotia, achieving the lowest wait time in NS, and achieving 2-3 years of positive news coverage (an indicator of public satisfaction), I wrote a book about how to do that transformation (and how advocates can effectively advocate for that kind of change). The book can be found here http://www.itsnotaboutus.ca. It, and I, are being used as a guide for transformation in several other provinces and areas of Canada. I would be happy to join your show some day if you want to discuss real solutions for a half hour. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.