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Test with images added
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This is a test I’ll try to insert a photo now…
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Pushing the cart uphill
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The last thing to leave the home in which I lived the longest in my life was my bicycle. After several days of packing, a day of moving belongings out and a day of cleaning, I locked up this home and got on my bike.  Spring wheels in the fresh air feel fantastic. This year … Continue r...
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Shifting to host-as-all-of-us
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A community in conversation with itself does not rely on others to have the conversation on its behalf–the community is involved in the conversation. A city (or group or organization) that brings in experts for a speakers’ series is not in conversation with itself. A city that bring...
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8 strategies to navigate power patterns
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How much of me do I insert while hosting a community in conversation with itself? This is a question I often explore in my work with cities and I’ve noticed two patterns in which hosts and community relate to each other: the host-attractor pattern and the host-on-the-rim pattern. These tw...
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Accommodate or exclude
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There’s a regular event my kids and I attend, a bit of an annual celebration organized by another family. The invitation is always preceded with a bit of communication to confirm the date and time, to make sure we can all attend and the necessary adjustments are made to make sure everyone...
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It takes cities to save a city
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It is the nature of cities to share beauty and horror. Waterton, a small town at the edge of one of Canada’s national parks, was threatened by wildfire this fall, a reminder of the real threat faced last year. It was also a reminder of how towns, communities and cities are intrinsically r...
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