Glen Grunwald's Board Blog

Archive of the blog of the former President and CEO of the Toronto Board of Trade.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Here we go and here's why

Okay, so yet another blog is born. Here's why I'm doing this:

First, if you're reading this, you probably don't need to be told how blogging is changing the way that people and organizations communicate. More people every day are getting their news or forming and sharing their opinions through blogs. Just like every other organization, if our Board of Trade wasn't paying attention to the blogosphere, we'd be out of touch.

Second, it's a chance to share my thoughts and concerns about this great city directly with people, and hear directly back from them. That's what blogging is all about, of course.

And, third, I'm on a bit of a mission to clarify what the Board of Trade really is and does. Some people still think we're some kind of "old boys club", with a bunch of middle-aged white guys in suits smoking cigars, etc. They' don't know about our opinions and policies on social issues like affordable housing, or how active we are in the political world, or how two-thirds of our members are NOT big business, or about our civic action efforts like Can The Litter and Youth ONE, etc., etc.

So, I'm going to try to use this blog to talk about the important things going on in Toronto and express my opinions about them. Along the way, I hope people may learn about these issues, and get inspired to involve themselves in finding solutions ... and, I hope, get a better understanding about our Board in the process.

Obviously, I'm biased about the Board of Trade being part of building a better Toronto- no bones about it, that's why I work here - but I'm not doing this to advertise us or drum up business. I'm here to write what I think and read what you think. Comments and ideas welcome (keep it clean, okay?).