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Another article in a series intended to briefly explain how to apply different agile practices to work in social purpose organizations, today’s topic is: The Agile Workspace

Agility requires that we create an environment that is conducive to fruitful interaction. The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a value delivery team is face-to-face conversation. Team effectiveness increases as barriers to communication decrease.

An agile workspace is anti-cubicle farm. It provides a mixture of collaborative, social, and private space. The collaborative space at the hub of activity is the “team room”. The ideal team room can be easily reconfigured based on the team’s needs. Team members face each other, usually at tables in the center of the room. Walls are used for posting notes, displaying charts, graphs, and the results of brainstorms. There should also be space for writing or drawing, such as a white board or chalk board, so that team members can creatively express and capture their ideas and progress. Social space in an agile work environment should include things to make the team members comfortable, such as a kitchen with snacks and a good coffee machine. Finally, it is helpful to have a nearby room for private conversations or to allow team members to “check out” if they need to focus or clear their head.

The folks at Sustainability Studio in Toronto have a beautiful agile workspace. The architects used modular walls that can be reconfigured as needs change. There is also a ton of natural light and the freedom to open a window for some fresh air. Take a look at the pictures. Just throw some sticky notes on the wall, and you would have what I’m talking about.

One question that inevitably arises is “what do we do if we can’t get everyone together?” Remember that learning is the means by which you achieve agility and deliver value to your stakeholders.  It is okay to accommodate distributed team members as long as you do your best to adhere to the principles of collaboration and consciously learn from the process.  For instance, if you usually have a weekly team meeting by phone, try getting a webcam and do a video Skype chat instead. This way the distributed team members of your team can have that extra visual connection. After trying this tool, reflect on its use and see what you learned from the experience. If you find something that works well, don’t change a thing. And if something didn’t work, try something different.

For more reading on agile workspaces, and plenty of pictures to inspire you, I recommend:

MIT School of Architecture + Planning The Agile Workplace: Transforming Work and the Workplace

The Ideal Agile Workspace | Mike Cohn’s Blog – Succeeding With Agile

The “Best Agile Work Space” Contest | Analytical-Mind

Would you like help becoming more agile?

If you would like help transforming your space to an Agile Workspace, or assistance with adopting any other agile practice, please post a comment on the blog. I am certified to provide OpenAgile training, coaching, and consulting, and I would be happy to aid your enterprise to realize the full benefits of being agile.

I have heard for a while that the economic future of Canada depends on “green” jobs. According to the article What is a green job? by GoodWork Canada, a green job doesn’t just have to be in a ‘green’ sector like solar or wind energy. A green job can be with business, nonprofit organizations, government or education – as long as it genuinely contributes to a more sustainable world. With such a broad array of opportunities, green job seekers like myself are left wondering “if they’re so important, where are these green jobs?” Truth is, they’re out there. You just need to know where to look.

Here are 10 websites for finding green jobs in Canada:

1. GoodWork Canada

“GoodWork is Canada’s most popular green job site. Since 2001, we’ve been connecting passionate, green-minded people with opportunities to contribute and be employed. We’re best known for our listings of green jobs, contracts, internships, and other opportunities. These are available on the web and by e-mail. We also provide a unique collection of networking resources for job seekers, employers and interested others. GoodWork is located on the web at http://www.GoodWorkCanada.ca

2. WorkCabin.ca

“WorkCabin.ca is an online resource founded in 2007 that we affectionately call Canada’s Environmental Outpost. Today, the ‘Cabin has become Canada’s largest online source for environmental opportunities, thanks to partnerships with Canadian organizations and businesses. When we built WorkCabin.ca, we did it with a genuine passion and investment to bring a professional-level job site of this nature to Canadians.” http://workcabin.ca/index.php

3. CharityVillage.com

“CharityVillage is Canada’s supersite for the nonprofit sector. Every day, you’ll find more than 3,500 pages of news, jobs, resources, how-to articles, volunteer and event listings, educational opportunities, and much more.” http://www.charityvillage.com

4. Idealist.org

“Idealist is a project of Action Without Borders, a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 with offices in the United States and Argentina. Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives.”

5. ECO Canada – Environmental Careers Organization

ECO Canada - Environmental Careers Organization

“The destination for environmental jobs in Canada. With over a thousand environmental jobs posted every year from across the country, ECO Canada’s Job Board is the online hub of green career opportunities.  Find green jobs in environmental engineering, conservation, biology, geology, energy, health and safety, water treatment, emerging new fields and more.  Log-in to the member’s site to gain exclusive access to ECO’s resume database and profiles of top environmental employers in Canada.” http://www.eco.ca/

6. Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR)

‘Changing the Way Business Does Business’. Founded in 1995, Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR) is a non-profit, member-led organization that mobilizes Canadian companies to make powerful business decisions that improve performance and contribute to a better world. The globally recognized source for corporate social responsibility in Canada, CBSR is the Canadian representative in a world-wide network committed to corporate social responsibility (CSR). We strongly believe that corporate responsibility and business success go hand-in-hand. We support our member companies on their CSR agendas, and lead the national debate on CSR. Our work is to change the way business does business.

CBSR posts jobs of member companies and has a list of links to CSR job boards. http://www.cbsr.ca/resources/csr-jobs

7. Strandberg Consulting

Coro Strandberg is a sustainability entrepreneur and coach. She regularly posts job announcements she receives on her website. http://www.corostrandberg.com/coros_careers.html

7. Renewal Partners

“Renewal is a collection of independent organizations founded by Carol Newell to carry out her original mission of fostering social change. These organizations include the charitable foundation, Endswell, the seed-capital investment firm, Renewal Partners Company, the new investment fund Renewal2, and our events, PlayBIG and Social Venture Institute. We’re a part of a large social network that includes some of the best companies and organizations across North America. Check out who’s hiring.” http://www.renewalpartners.com/our-network/jobs

8. StopDodo.com

“We thought it would be a good idea to create a global site that was free to advertise & search environmental jobs and free to list & search environmental resumes. That way the money is kept in conservation and environmental protection for the benefit of our planet!” www.stopdodo.com

9. RenewableEnergyJobs.com

“Launched in 2009 Renewable Energy Jobs has the broadest reach of any global green job site focused on the renewable energy anywhere. We are extremely passionate about doing all we can to support the phenomenal growth of the renewable energy sector. We launched Renewable Energy Jobs to make it easy for talented job seekers and employers within the renewable energy sector to find each other anywhere in the world. We are working hard to build the largest global database of jobs across solar power, wind energy, hydro, geothermal, wave, tidal, biomass and biofuels as well as many other emerging clean energy technologies and subsectors.” http://www.renewableenergyjobs.com/

10. Workopolis

Almost everyone in Canada has seen or heard of Workopolis. They feature around 40,000 jobs every single day. While I would like to see a dedicated “green jobs” section added to Workopolis to make it easier to wade through, you can get by with text searches for any of these Keywords: “Corporate Social Responsibility”, Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability, philanthropy, energy, hydro, waste, conservation, environment, renewable



There is an extensive list of green resources at Ecoportal Canada: Environmental Directories, Portals & Networks at http://www.planetfriendly.net/ecoportal.html#d It is a great starting point to find environmental groups, organizations, people, places, activities, news, and information. If you aren’t finding what you’re looking for elsewhere, this might be the place where you get ideas for creating your own green job opportunities.

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