Nest City by POPULUS Wed, 24 Jan 2018 21:25:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nest City 32 32 The unspoken Wed, 24 Jan 2018 21:25:49 +0000 They were the unheard holding the unspoken the taboo and they told you so what do you do?   The unspoken just because unspoken does not leave the room it remains unsaid so what do you do?   What do you do with what is both known and unknown not wanted and wanted?   Do … Continue reading The unspoken]]> 0 Colonial blind spot Sun, 21 Jan 2018 01:13:26 +0000 2018 begins with a contemplation of the settler / colonizer story in me and my European cultural lineage on the Canadian Prairies. My understanding of this story and its implications has been growing over many years, most recently with a trip to Germany last fall. It was one of those trips where I realized I … Continue reading Colonial blind spot]]> 4 Care out in the open Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:53:36 +0000 In cities we each pursue our passions in diverse work, and in doing so we end up looking after each other. Laura looks after our teeth. Arundeep moves gravel to construction sites. Rob looks after teaching our kids. Thor looks after our bodies. Vicki helps me pay for my groceries. Nancy looks after how we … Continue reading Care out in the open]]> 0 Harm happens, intended or not Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:28:40 +0000 Not intending to cause harm does not mean that harm is not caused. For those of us causing harm, we use this ‘lack of intention’ as a defence mechanism, to distance ourselves from the discomfort of knowing that we did cause harm. It’s a defence mechanism that makes learning unwelcome because it may mean I have … Continue reading Harm happens, intended or not]]> 0 A welcoming city has transportation choices Thu, 09 Nov 2017 18:18:00 +0000 It doesn’t feel good when people in your city scream at you. Last month I was on my bike, on a downtown street, making my way to the new bike lanes a few blocks away. A truck driver yelled at the top of his lungs: USE THE F$&#ING BIKE LANES!!! Only three days before this … Continue reading A welcoming city has transportation choices]]> 7 Encourage youth to leave your city (part 2) Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:07:36 +0000 A city that embodies courage, invention, cooperation and openness encourages its youth to leave the city. In heeding the call to adventure they are furthering their own growth and development and, potentially, the growth of their city as well. And if we do two things — encourage their journey and are receptive to the changes … Continue reading Encourage youth to leave your city (part 2)]]> 0 Encourage youth to leave your city (part 1) Mon, 17 Jul 2017 19:27:49 +0000 A city that is confident in itself encourages youth to go out and experience the world beyond the city they know — not try to keep them at home. A city that is confident in itself trusts that gains received by sending young explorers out into the world exceeds perceived benefits of holding explorers back. … Continue reading Encourage youth to leave your city (part 1)]]> 1 94 birthday wishes Fri, 30 Jun 2017 18:36:43 +0000 I am no longer Canada’s biggest fan, as I used to be. At Canada’a 125th birthday I was a big fan of Canada. I was a crazy fan doing my bit, at 22, to make sure Quebec and Canada stayed together. The context: The failed Meech Lake Accord in 1987, an attempt to have Quebec endorse the … Continue reading 94 birthday wishes]]> 0 Self empowerment threatens Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:08:15 +0000 Self empowerment threatens the stories we have been telling ourselves for as long as we can remember. Whether its myself I’m empowering, or watching another reach into their own empowerment, my life is changing. My choice: be upset, feel threatened, find ways to thwart the coming change be supportive, feel excitement, find ways to nuture the … Continue reading Self empowerment threatens]]> Beware listening through stories Tue, 02 May 2017 19:23:50 +0000 On February 3, 2017 my former partner and I shared parallel messages to let friends know what was happening in our personal lives: This message let a wider circle of friends know what was happening in our internal worlds, but for most of my interactions with people, for months, when asked “how are you?” my answer … Continue reading Beware listening through stories]]> 11