Nest City by POPULUS 2018-01-24T21:25:49Z http://populus.ca/feed/atom/ WordPress http://populus.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/cropped-NestCity-32x32.png Beth Sanders http://populus.ca <![CDATA[The unspoken]]> http://populus.ca/?p=657734 2018-01-24T21:25:49Z 2018-01-24T21:25:49Z 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 Beth Sanders http://populus.ca <![CDATA[Colonial blind spot]]> http://populus.ca/?p=652567 2018-01-21T01:13:26Z 2018-01-21T01:13:26Z 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 Beth Sanders http://populus.ca <![CDATA[Care out in the open]]> http://populus.ca/?p=571684 2017-11-29T00:54:19Z 2017-11-29T00:53:36Z 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 Beth Sanders http://populus.ca <![CDATA[Harm happens, intended or not]]> http://populus.ca/?p=571815 2017-11-13T22:48:33Z 2017-11-13T16:28:40Z 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 Beth Sanders http://populus.ca <![CDATA[A welcoming city has transportation choices]]> http://populus.ca/?p=521834 2017-11-09T18:18:00Z 2017-11-09T18:18:00Z 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 Beth Sanders http://populus.ca <![CDATA[Encourage youth to leave your city (part 2)]]> http://populus.ca/?p=367377 2017-07-21T20:10:47Z 2017-07-24T12:07:36Z 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 Beth Sanders http://populus.ca <![CDATA[Encourage youth to leave your city (part 1)]]> http://populus.ca/?p=364513 2017-07-21T20:11:34Z 2017-07-17T19:27:49Z 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 Beth Sanders http://populus.ca <![CDATA[94 birthday wishes]]> http://populus.ca/?p=356209 2017-06-30T18:36:43Z 2017-06-30T18:36:43Z 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 Beth Sanders http://populus.ca <![CDATA[Self empowerment threatens]]> http://populus.ca/?p=81885 2017-06-30T14:09:24Z 2017-06-30T14:08:15Z 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]]> Beth Sanders http://populus.ca <![CDATA[Beware listening through stories]]> http://populus.ca/?p=5991 2017-05-02T19:34:51Z 2017-05-02T19:23:50Z 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