Timmins is a city of about 40,000 people in Northern Ontario. This week, its first cannabis store opened. No big deal, there are stores opening every day these days, especially in Ontario. But consider this. Timmins is basically a day … Continue reading Cannabis Diaries Week 32: That Don’t Impress Me Much
Last week I wrote about the need to move through the gears, using a manual transmission – we need to be more in (micro) control, more discerning than usual, in COVID times. I have been scouring the interwebs for new learning, … Continue reading The power of three – #COVID19 edition
More corporate language shenanigans in the last week. Still more “Cover me with COVID-19 fire, while I make a dash for the exit!” that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. Meanwhile, Canopy is pivoting from “FIRST!” to “BEST!” Their … Continue reading Cannabis Diaries Week 31: Word Blancmange
Some promising and disappointing news this week about the 2020 outlook for the Canadian cannabis market. Firstly, 2.0 products – edibles, beverages etc. – accounted for 12% of January’s cannabis sales, according to RBC Capital Markets. This seems fairly high … Continue reading Cannabis Diaries Week 30: One Step Forward, One Back
Pandemic times call for new thinking. The remote working / #WFH movement that we have been thrust into invites individuals, teams and organizations to shift through the gears. How do we enable people technologically? How do we leverage new communications channels? … Continue reading This “Future of Work” Thing is 20 Years in the Making.
Yes, #WorkingFromHome. Yes, Zoom meetings, all day every day. What else is new in “the future of work”? I have been looking hard, reading far and wide in the last month, for new communications protocols and practices emerging from the … Continue reading Now is the Time of Social Objects.
When the Ontario government demanded all non-essential workplaces close last week, and included the legal cannabis storefronts that had been slowly opening over the last year plus, we hit a new low in the cannabis industry’s search for a sound … Continue reading Cannabis Diaries Week 27: Shrug Emoji
With many cannabis LPs completing their 2019 financial year as of 31 December, the last day of March is the final day to report the 2019 Year and Q4 Financials. And what we got was a whole bunch of negative news … Continue reading Week 26: Poo Emoji
The gigantic hot mess the cannabis industry is in has become overshadowed by COVID-19. Whilst the virus spread has exacerbated the industry malaise, the rest of the world’s industries just caught up pretty fast. This pandemic provides a shadow to … Continue reading Week 25: Essential Service
I am standing outside a cannabis store. Opaque windows, the flashing OPEN sign. I don’t like shopping this way. I don’t feel in control of my shopping experience. I nervously go inside. Therein, a sterile environment, the hum of budtenders … Continue reading Week 23: THERE IS NOTHING TO SEE HERE!
I used to work in Soho, a place renowned for its Sex Shops, a hot mess of porn videos, poppers, lingerie, live show, kinky boots, “intimate accessories” etc. The area had critical mass. Everyone was out for a good time, … Continue reading Week 22: Cannabis Porn
To entertain me at dinner sometimes, Lori deploys her very best customer services skills and enquires “May I offer you a refreshing beverage to go with your meal?” The word beverage is very strange to me. It seems very formal. … Continue reading Week 21: When Is A Drink A Beverage?