A city with a high urban literacy rate is a regenerative city. In other words, when you have people collectively engaged in the process of shaping the places they want to live, you build a thriving place. That is why citizen participation is an important topic in city building. The European Association of Cities in … More Shift to the Middle in Urban Planning
Collaboration and mutual understanding have always been key components of a thriving society. During uncertain and fast-pace changing times like today it is even more important to bring together different worldviews to learn from each other and co-create the city we want. According to the Integral City framework, there are four voices: Citizen (the conformity … More A shared understanding of the city
I want to start the year here at the blog with the right foot (on the pedal)! I’ve been the board chair of London cycle Link for about two years now. And on Jan 13 we will have our Annual General Meeting. I am super pumped to meet all the great candidates willing to join … More Cycling Towards a City for People
I launched this blog a little over a year ago and in the best spirit of transitions brought by the end of the year, I thought it would be fun to start a tradition of sharing with you my Top Five (most viewed) articles. Here they are: 5 – Have You Ever Experienced Road Happiness? … More My Top Five Blog Posts in 2020
Tom woke up excited, he was joining a climate rally for the first time. He always considered himself a pro-environment person. But now, seeing Greta and all the protests happening around the world, he felt inspired, even called to participate. The experience was exhilarating, to be in a peaceful protest with hundreds of people publicly … More You believe in global warming, how about your bank?
This post is a real story about immigrants and an event that took place exactly six years ago. Dec 6 is a very special date for me because it is my canniversary. It is the day I landed in Canada and became an immigrant myself. Reflecting on my own experiences in the last four years … More Black Lives Matter pt. 2
It was a nice and cool spring morning, an eclectic group of about 25 people was sitting in a small university classroom anxiously waiting for their instructor. The diversity was visible in their ages. It included kids, young adults and seniors. But they were much more diverse than that. They were elementary school teachers, celebrities, … More Black Lives Matter – pt 1. (or if you want to teach, first listen)
Recently, another controversial debate started on the Facebook community group from my neighbourhood. This time was about bike lanes vs on-street parking. A good place to start My convictions are well known and I don’t need to state them here. Actually, I want to dig a little deeper. When it comes to what really matters, … More Real change requires real conversations… and bread
Road Happiness is a sense of well-being or joy induced while moving from point A to point B. If that sounds strange to you, chances are, you are more familiar with its counterpart. So, let’s start with the more known concept. Road Rage is basically an aggressive or angry behaviour exhibited by a driver of … More Have you ever experienced Road Happiness?
Supporting people in self-directed learning processes is to occupy a “between-place”. One of the polarities of this between-place says things like: “I’m with you”“Throw yourself, you have a net(work) here!”“I’ll help you if you need me to”“Besides me, there’s this and this person and this person next to you” At the same time, the other … More A between-place