Sustainable Development Goals and Urban Governance

What do urban governance and the sustainable development goals (SDGs) have in common? How does it impact citizen engagement and city building? Those were some of the questions I had in mind when I was invited to give a guest lecture in the Governance Leadership & Ethics (GLE) course at Huron University. GLE goal is … More Sustainable Development Goals and Urban Governance

A shared understanding of the city

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

Black Lives Matter – pt 1. (or if you want to teach, first listen)

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)

Real change requires real conversations… and bread

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