Nest City by POPULUS Fri, 07 Dec 2018 21:07:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nest City 32 32 Can a city heal itself? Fri, 07 Dec 2018 21:07:24 +0000 With some planner colleagues, we have been testing the idea of “the healing city”, or a “city that heals itself”. Some people get it, and some people don’t. I think our response to this idea depends on our relationship to trauma and discomfort. In a bar on Thursday night, I was with a group of … Continue reading Can a city heal itself?]]> 0 Roles and challenges for the host-attractor / host-on-the-rim Tue, 15 May 2018 11:50:50 +0000 I’ve met 12 fabulous new people over the course of the last several months in an online learning environment. We have gathered around a host-attractor, in the host-attractor pattern, and we would not have met if we were not attracted to our teacher and his offering. As a host-attractor, our teacher has laid the ground for … Continue reading Roles and challenges for the host-attractor / host-on-the-rim]]> 0 Host-attractor / host-on-the-rim Wed, 09 May 2018 18:02:11 +0000 How much of me do I insert while hosting a community in conversation with itself? In sitting with this question for years, I’ve noticed two patterns in which hosts and community relate to each other: the host-attractor and the host-on-the-rim. These two patterns are distinct in their energetic pattern: the host-attractor pattern occurs when community … Continue reading Host-attractor / host-on-the-rim]]> 3 A castle’s not made for everyone – is a city? Thu, 03 May 2018 17:34:16 +0000 After a delectable Turkish meal in Inverness Scotland, I found myself contemplating eras of old: a visit to 4000-year-old Bronze Age Corrimony Cairn, the ruins of medieval Urquart Castle and a boat ride on Loch Ness. While no humans today know why the cairn has 11 standing stones, rather than 12, we do know it … Continue reading A castle’s not made for everyone – is a city?]]> 2 Sovereignty is necessarily disruptive Tue, 01 May 2018 16:29:51 +0000 I watched two men well into their 60s get into a physical fight at the ski hill yesterday. I’d taken a break to sit in the sunshine and give my knee a moment to tell me if skiing was a good or bad thing to be doing. I watched a family of three ski up … Continue reading Sovereignty is necessarily disruptive]]> 1 7 tips for generative check ins Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:48:52 +0000 The generative quality of a check in can be eroded when the holding space we create for ourselves is weakened or collapsed. Two things do this: fear of empty space and discomfort in listening. Below are 7 tips to amplify the generative quality of a check in. (Of course these 2 things affect more than a … Continue reading 7 tips for generative check ins]]> 2 Welcoming outsiders Mon, 02 Apr 2018 16:13:01 +0000 At a conference welcome reception last fall in Canada, I stepped in to join a conversation in progress. The room was full of people I did not know, so I chose a group where there was one person I had met a few hours ago, and three others new to me. I did not interject … Continue reading Welcoming outsiders]]> 2 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]]> 1 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]]> 5 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]]> 1