2016: Will We Make it Awesome?

Every year I write out my desires for the coming year. And here are the 11 things I want in 2016:

A real, shared, common understanding of what an end to homelessness means and what we are striving for

I am in favour of ending homelessness. So are you. But are we in favour of the same thing? If you believe that this is about public relations exercises, political expediency and offering housing as being the same thing as being housed, then we are on different pages. If you believe homelessness should last less than 45 days until each person is housed (with some market adjustments) and that a person does not need to change who they are before they are housed? We are probably closer to believing the same thing. I want 2016 to be the year where ending homelessness is not gamespersonship or competition. I want it to be authentic. I want it to be hard work. I want it to set the stage for years to come.



Another leadership academy

The first one was a highlight of my career. We are doing another one. We have improved based upon the feedback from the first one. It will be amazing. You should be there if you were not at the first one.


AND…we are doing a Master Class for those that went to the first one.


To finish my book

Everything I know about ending homelessness (up to this point in my life) in one book. Want to buy one? It will be out this year.


To be authentic and vulnerable

If you read my blog on “Shut Up and Say Something” you know what I am talking about. I am getting out of my head and into action. I am still stirring shit up, but for the purpose of action. And the best way to do that is to be ME.


Create one new awesome thing

Don’t ask me what this will be. I don’t know (yet). But I can say that I have set aside time every month to innovate to figure this out.


To keep being a pig (instead of a chicken)

The difference between wanting to end homelessness and being committed to ending homelessness, is the difference between bacon and eggs – a days work for a chicken (egg) a lifetime commitment for a pig (bacon). I will NOT let anything stop my unwavering commitment to end homelessness. You?


To keep being an eagle (instead of a weasel)

Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines. Yes, taking risks can result in haters that hate. Yes, risks can result in compromised relationships. BUT, we need to focus on doing amazing things and innovating. Being complacent or focusing on the lowest common denominator is cowardly.



I promise to keep turning something out for every Monday morning. I am committed to changing and challenging paradigms, activities, thinking, and assumptions through the blog. But I also commit to being more personal and sharing where I am at in what I am doing and why I am doing it.


Help transform three organizations, communities or states/provinces

I don’t know who these will be yet, but when I reflect on the last five years of my life the most rewarding parts are related to complete transformation. So, I will make three transformations happen this year.


Continue to make the least amount of money possible

If you didn’t know, we are not driven by profit at OrgCode. That will continue. As we zig zag the globe, create new things, blog, post stuff on our website, etc. we will make as many things available as we can for free. We will charge what we feel is necessary for those things that are billable. We commit that anything that is seen as “profit” goes into professional development, new product creation, and/or pro bono work.

About Iain De Jong

Leader. Edutainer. Coach. Consultant. Professor. Researcher. Blogger. Do-gooder. Potty mouth. Positive disruptor. Relentless advocate for social justice. Comedian. Dad. Minimalist. Recovering musician. Canadian citizen. International jetsetter. Living life in jeans and a t-shirt. Trying really hard to end homelessness in developed countries around the world, expand harm reduction practices, make housing happen, and reform the justice system. Driven by change, fuelled by passion. Winner of a shit ton of prestigious awards, none of which matter unless change happens in how we think about vulnerability, marginality, and inclusion.

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