While traveling through the Okanagan and Shuswap Valleys this fall, I met up with lots of great food-folk: farmers, foragers, chefs, and of course, appreciators (like me). And all of them were striving to create ARCHIPELAGOS of a Possible Future within a food culture that is heavily slanted towards chain stores, strip malls, and conventional […]
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This summer I had the opportunity to visit the Saskatoon Makerspace. Co-founder Devon Plett and I walked through the Makerspace and talked about its backstory: how he and his partner went on a tour of makerspaces across the Western US and Canada, searching for inspiration, best practices, and the right business model, and how […]
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“…So today, we must expect to be living this turbulence for a long time, in a double world where two realities live together in conflict: the old “limitless” world that does not acknowledge the planet’s limits, and another that recognizes these limits and experiments with ways of transforming them into opportunities. Now these worlds look […]
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Conflict can be creative. Indeed, if we are to survive the challenges of the 21st century, and create a better world, it must be. In episode #30 of the Working Together Podcast, I have a conversation with Jamie Chicanot–a conflict specialist with nearly 20 years experience–about how to create solutions in the midst of conflict. In […]
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In the darkness of a clear night sky Lay down Gaze up at the stars And imagine that you are looking out in front of you Facing the infinite cosmos … This episode is from a short manifesto I wrote back in December 2015. The sentiment still holds true. More than technocratic solutions to […]
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In part 1, professor Dan McCarthy from the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR) worked through Francis Westley’s definition of social innovation and explored complex systems thinking wth us. Listen to it here. In episode #28 (part 2) Dan talks about what social innovation and complex systems thinking means for the practitioner: we get an overview of […]
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Our world is complex. But we don’t have to stress out about this. And if we happen to be feeling a tinge of fear, anxiety, and depression, we don’t have to suppress this: hiding our secret angst under an affirmation of simplicity and minimalism. No. Our world is far too messy for that. All those panacea proclaiming, minimalist-maximalists […]
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This is a special little episode about a practice that’s near and dear to my heart. A practice that has helped me weather many a storm over the years: non-religious mindfulness. This episode also has an associated “podcast exercise” for you to try out! Follow along. Breathe. Listen. Sit. “…What is easiest, is to fall back into […]
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The social media echo chamber has made you lots of friends. And it’s turned you on to all sorts of amazing new things: bands, articles, books, video, and so on. Because “If you like this, then you’ll like this!” runs in the background of everything you do online. A secret recommendation infrastructure that has created […]
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Gather round! Hear here! This holiday season, let’s go in the opposite extreme of “divide and conquer”. Let’s come together! From every mouse, mote, scintilla to every whale, juniper tree, grammie-grampie, snot-nosed kiddo, and so on, we are all fellow earthlings. We thinking, talking, making earthlings (aka we humans) happen to be the ones with […]
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On the darkest day of the year, a dark truth: Everything is fucked. Everyone is shitty to each other. Now… What to do about it?
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A short update/announcement episode. About where Working Together has been for the past month, and what I’ve been planning for it’s future. Happy Halloween!! 🙂
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There are 65 million refugees around the world, over half of which are children according to UNHCR. Many of these children will spend their entire childhood away from home. Some might be without their families, and many have experienced violence and insecurity (and continue to do so). In exile, they are “at risk of abuse, neglect, […]
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This episode is a compilation of clips from previous episodes–all centered on the concept of efficacy, which is like a red thread running through my Minotaur’s labyrinth of conversations with thinkers makers and doers here on The Working Together Podcast. We will explore the concept of efficacy in personal, political and technical modes (in that order). I […]
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