Elephant in the Room

Elephant in the room. informal. An obvious problem or difficult situation that people do not want to talk about. The challenge This year has been very prolific in terms of the discussions about how to face the most pressing urban challenges. Despite all the clear messages, we haven’t seen a lot of action and I … More Elephant in the Room

Bike-to-Work Day as a Multipurpose Tool

We are full swing into biking season. May 27th was National Bike-to-Work Day and June 10th was Cycle Commuter Day here in London, Ontario. In the wake of bike-to-work initiatives throughout the country (and beyond), I want to bring some attention to the relevance of such events. Bike-to-work initiatives go beyond merely promoting healthier choices … More Bike-to-Work Day as a Multipurpose Tool

Will the cyclists come only if you build?: Beyond Infrastructure

The importance of bike lanes Adequate road infrastructure is a key element in fostering healthier and more inclusive modes of transportation. More and more studies have shown that the association between cycling infrastructure and ridership tends to be positive. Add to that the fact that those urban amenities – like shared bike lanes, cycle tracks and … More Will the cyclists come only if you build?: Beyond Infrastructure

Good practices for a nonprofit board of directors

Recently I became a board chair of a small not-for-profit organization and I am trying to do my homework. One of my main concerns is how to create a positive experience for all board members while we use our time together in an efficient way to increase the impact and the financial sustainability of our organization. I’d like to share (especially … More Good practices for a nonprofit board of directors

The Meaning of Onegai Shimasu

“Onegai shimasu” doesn’t have a straightforward one-to-one translation to English. “Onegai” comes from “negau” which literally means pray/wish for something. The “O” at the beginning is the honorific that makes the expression respectful. Of course, we would never say it without it, but that is what it represents. (Do not mistake the honorific “O” with … More The Meaning of Onegai Shimasu