Edging Forward by Ann Dale

Edging Forward by Ann Dale

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June 6, 2016

Plate 8, Their Percussive Heartbeats, by Nancyanne Cowell, oil on two canvases, 60” X 36”, 2014

Chapter 7: The Knights of the Round Table

September 30, 2015

Moving from Government to Governance

Governance has been identified again and again as a major challenge for the implementation of sustainable community development. The current Canadian federal system is structured on 18th-century problems and the old story of hewers of wood and drawers of water. Modern ‘wicked’ interconnected challenges cannot be solved by a vertical, siloed system of departments, overlapping mandates that have not been regenerated from their historical past. What are the new ways that governments can move to governance for the 21st century?

Chapter Quote

“A more engaged, connected Canadian government that’s smarter about what it does, connected and communicating with its citizens through diverse channels, using big data to enhance civic literacy, is a better alternative to the use of referenda, competing trends toward authoritarianism, illiteracy, neglect of facts and evidence, and growing public distrust. Let’s start with a House of Commons transformed to lead experiential and conversational public spaces, reintroducing civil discourse and literacy. We all need to learn our paths forward as we collectively continue to search for solutions to climate-change adaptation and mitigation, a carbon-neutral economy, and become a world leader in sustainable community development—sustainability for all, not some.” (p. 108)

– Ann Dale, Edging Forward: Achieving Sustainable Community Development


September 25, 2015

Ideas: The Sharing Economy

Kennedy, P. (Host). (2014, December 4). The Sharing Economy [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas

Thanks to new technologies, people are now sharing, swapping, and selling goods and services at unprecedented rates.


Ideas: The Sharing Economy and The Public Good, Part 1

Kennedy, P. (Host). (2014, December 11). The Sharing Economy and The Public Good, Part 1 [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas

This is the first episode edited from a recording of an event at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto where guest speakers reflect on the sharing economy, how it will change the lives of Canadians, and whether it is sustainable for the economy, for society, and for the planet.


Ideas: The Sharing Economy and The Public Good, Part 2

Kennedy, P. (Host). (2014, December 18). The Sharing Economy and The Public Good, Part 1 [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas

This is the second episode edited from a recording of an event at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto where guest speakers reflect on the sharing economy, how it will change the lives of Canadians, and whether it is sustainable for the economy, for society, and for the planet.


September 20, 2015

MetroQuest: Engaging Vulnerable & Disadvantaged People in Planning

This webinar presents a series of best practices, tips and case studies to guide project leaders that are attempting to involve vulnerable and disadvantaged members of their community. The best public involvement is inclusive and increasingly it is being enforced as a requirement of planning efforts. You’ll learn about award-winning projects that successfully leveraged innovative digital tools to engage disadvantaged communities.

Visit full MetroQuest page here.

Webinar – Engaging Vulnerable & Disadvantaged People in Planning from MetroQuest on Vimeo.


Jonathan Tepperman: The risky politics of progress

Global problems such as terrorism, inequality and political dysfunction aren’t easy to solve, but that doesn’t mean we should stop trying. In fact, suggests journalist Jonathan Tepperman, we might even want to think riskier. He traveled the world to ask global leaders how they’re tackling hard problems — and unearthed surprisingly hopeful stories that he’s distilled into three tools for problem-solving.

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Academic Articles

September 15, 2015

Dale, A., & Newman, L. (2005). The Role of Online Dialogue in the Creation of Policy Alternatives. Canadian Review of Social Policy/Revue canadienne de politique sociale, (55). Retrieved from http://www.proquest.com/


Dale, A., & Newman, L. (2006). An online synchronous e-dialogue series on nuclear waste management in Canada. Applied Environmental Education and Communication5(4), 243-251. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/


Ling, C., Hanna, K., & Dale, A. (2009). A template for integrated community sustainability planning. Environmental Management44(2), 228-242. Retrieved from https://link.springer.com/


Newell, R., Dale, A., Herbert, Y., Duguid, F., Foon, R., & Hough, P. (2015). Trans-disciplinary Research: An Academic-Practitioner Partnership Effort on Investigating the Relationship between the Cooperative Model and Sustainability. International and Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Sciences4(1), 23-53. Retrieved from http://www.hipatiapress.com/



September 10, 2015

Barber, B. (2017, May 7). How to fix climate change: put cities, not countries, in charge. The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/


BC Council for International Cooperation. (2016, May 11). Keeping Track: Measuring Progress Toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Retrieved from http://bccic.ca


Bribery: Daft on graft. (2015, May 9). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


The bonfire of the Antiquities: Lessons from the destruction of the National Museum of Brazil. (2018, September 8). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


Canada’s climate policy: Let the haggling begin. (2016, October 22). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


Canada’s example to the world: Liberty moves north. (2016, October 29). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


Conquering chaos: Why states fail and how to rebuild them. (2017, January 7). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


Crony capitalism: Dealing with murky moguls. (2016, May 5). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


Davies, C. (2017, April 7). Polish law changes unleashes ‘massacre’ of trees. The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/


Dimoff, A. (2018, January 7). Taxing meat could offset environmental, health problems, activists say. CBC. Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/


Elkington, J. & Roberts, R. (2018, April 10). Carbon Isn’t Just a Danger—It’s Also An Opportunity. Fast Company. Retrieved from https://www.fastcompany.com/


Ethics: Frankensteins’ paperclips. (2016, June 25). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


Free exchange: Catalonia and the perils of fiscal redistribution. (2017, November 2). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


Free exchange: Make me. (2016, May 28). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


How to design carbon Taxes. (2018, August 18). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


If economists reformed themselves: A less dismal science. (2016, March 16). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


If the state got out of the redistribution business: Without governments, would countries have more inequality, or less? (2017, July 13). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


India and the environment: Greenery by stealth. (2015, October 8). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


Innovation in Canada: More particle than wave. (2016, April 28). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


Jaccard, M. (2016, Feb 2). Want an effecitve climate policy? Heed the evidence. Policy Options. Retrieved from http://policyoptions.irpp.org


Killeen, P. (2016, August 17). Moving Beyond the Generation Fixation: Grid Transformation Key to Delivering on Paris. [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://blogs.worldwatch.org/


Manufacturing industry: Politicians cannot bring back old-fashioned factory jobs. (2017, January 14). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


Marine management: Net positive. (2016, July 14). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


Management theory: Blighting the horizon. (2015, August 29). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


Mason, Paul. (2016, Sep 19). It’s time to junk the flawed economic models that make the world a dangerous place. The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com


McIntosh, J. (2017, December 11). Canada Pension Plan Undermines Feds by Investing in Coal. Huffington Post. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/


Monbiot, George. (2017, Jan 25). Our democracy is broken, debased and distrusted – but there are ways to fix it. The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com


Online governance: Lost in the splinternet. (2016, November 5). The Economist. Retrieved from https://www.economist.com


Reevely, David. (2016, Sep 29). Reevely: Ontario’s Hydro is expensive, but other provinces are set to copy us. Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/news


School choice: A lottery to lose. (2016, February 4). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


Schumpeter: Silicon Valley’s criticism of Donald Trump. (2017, February 4). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


Sex selection in Asia: From too few girls to too many men. (2017, January 19). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


The Chilcot report: Iraq’s grim lessons. (2016, July 6). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


The Great Lakes: From rustbelt to bluebelt. (2015, July 30). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


The superstar company: A giant problem. (2016, September 17). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/

Other Interesting Stuff

September 5, 2015

Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission. (2018). Clearing the Air: How Carbon Pricing Helps Canada Fight Climate Change. Retrieved from http://ecofiscal.ca/


The New Climate Economy. (2018). The 2018 Report of the Global Comission on the Economy and Climate. Retrieved from https://newclimateeconomy.report/2018/