Articles by Dan Pontefract


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An Ode to Hierarchy

You there, With the jaundice coloured leadership grin. As wise souls have said before me, prematurity breeds immaturity. Where art thou braggadocio in your moment of ascension? There it is, Plentiful for all to witness like a storm that blankets Tuktoyaktuk in winter. We have seen it before in this very agora. Cold. Harsh. Unforgiving….

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The Volkswagen Commercial That Depicts a Backwards Workplace

It’s only a 30-second commercial, but it rubs me entirely the wrong way. I suspect the advertising agency for Volkswagen wasn’t thinking about the backwards way in which they depicted the workplace (or life) throughout the commercial, but the evidence is as clear as day to me. I have a few observations: Dad is stuck…

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Flat Army CSTD Keynote as Art

I had the chance to deliver the CSTD Symposium keynote in Calgary, Alberta on June 5, 2014. Hopefully audience members came away with a nugget or two of inspiration or ideas for change. I can safely report no tomatoes were launched on stage. The inimitable Corrie Melanson of seemeaning.ca captured the talk as a graphic….

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A Twitter Conversation With Myself About Culture and Cetaceans

I’ve always been an admirer of cetaceans. They are, quite possibly, my favourite parts of nature. The problem I have, however, rests not with the cetaceans but with the humans who capture them for entertainment purposes. I had another revelation. Perhaps there is a metaphorical link between the captured and caged cetaceans and employees in…

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