Investigative Intelligence Solutions Ontario

Training students and workers on what their options are when faced with a violent encounter makes good sense. iiso offers a 3 hour workshop that teaches you when to run, hide or act. These are life saving strategies that haven’t been taught to most Canadians. Everyone must be a stakeholder in their own safety. We owe it to our kids and employees.

Some of My Favorite Books

The Chaos Imperative How Chance and DisruptionIncrease Innovation by Ori Brafman and Judah Pollack

Seeing What Others Don’recyclked bookt by Gary Klein

Makers: The New Industrial revolution by Chris Anderson

Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer

The Click Moment: Seizing Opportunity in an Unpredictable World by Frans Johansson

The Wisdom of the Crowds by James Surowiecki

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip and Dan Heath

Medici Effect: What You can Learn from Elephants and Epidemics byFrans Johanssen

The Innovators DNA:Mastering the Five Skills of disruptive Innovators by Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen and Clayton M. Christensen

How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer

The Brain and Emotional Intelligence: New Insights by Daniel Golman

The Myth of Choice: Personal Responsibility in a World of Limits by Kent Greenfield

Proust was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer

Freakonomics Steven  Levitt and Stephen Dubner

Wilful Blindness:Why we Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril by Margaret Heffernan

Tangling with Tyrants: Managing the Balance of Power at Work by Tony Deblauwe

Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

SuperFreakonomics by Steven Levitt and Steven Dubner

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

The Black Swan:Impact of the Highly probable Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The Myths of Innovation by Scott Berkun

The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less for More by Chris Anderson

Everything by Malcolm Gladwell

The Social Media Tool you really need (and its not Facebook)

Originally published in Blue Line magazine November 2012

I caught my 15 year old daughter doing something extremely embarrassing the other day. I walked into the family room and there she was lying on the carpet, feet up on the couch and she was- if you can believe it, talking on the telephone.

I was stunned.

“What are you doing?” I said pointing to the adult only communication device.

She flashed me that you are too stupid to live look that only a teenager can pull off.

Her:     “It’s a phone why wouldn’t I use it?”

Me:      “I dunno, you have spent the last 4 years constantly texting, BBM’ing, Tweeting and Facebook’ing. I’ve never actually seen you use a telephone” 

Her:     “This is so much easier” as she rolled her eyes in disgust “And I don’t get creeped”

Interesting, I thought to myself. I wondered if my teen was getting weary of social media in general and did she just use “creep” as a verb?

My three teenage kids have always been the barometer for me on what’s in and what’s “so two hours ago”.

I knew about Down with Webster, hash tagging and Heelys before any of my fellow parents. My kids are continually opening my eyes to new opportunities and don’t hesitate to let me know what is passé.

Teenagers are realizing what, law enforcement already knows about Facebook; that communicating your likes, desires, wishes and friends builds a database on yourself.

Facebook sells this information to advertisers. Facebook ads reflect your interests which is no coincidence.  But which other creepy people are also exploiting this open source information?

As a cop, it’s a wonderful tool for us to have criminals populate their own dossier profiles for us.

As we saw in the N.H.L. hockey riots last year in Vancouver, some suspects can’t help but post pictures of themselves committing crimes. They may as well just nominate themselves for arrest.

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Waterloo Regional Police Partner with Pop star

The Waterloo Regional Police develop an innovative anti-drug strategy where the youth of the community develop our anti-drug messaging. We also partnered with pop star Nate Hall who became an advocate and spokesperson for the contest, the police and  healthy choice decisions.

Here is a short video on why the contest was developed and its results.

Sarah Bernardo  of Waterloo won best song with this  original tune

Richard Holmes BMX Free Ride with message earned him first prize in the Best Video category

Nate Hall

The War on Drugs and other Disasters

The War on Drugs and other Disasters

A new theory on how police are not in  the War on Drugs and never have been and an  alternative solution.

An Ignite Waterloo talk by Gary Askin at the Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, June 12/2012.

“When did the neighbourhod cop become the soldier”