Edging Forward by Ann Dale

Edging Forward by Ann Dale

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June 6, 2016

Plate 9, Between Tomorrow, by Nancyanne Cowell, oil-mixed media on two canvases, 60” X 36”, 2015

Chapter 8: The Wizard of Oz

October 30, 2015

Reconciliation, (Re)Connection, Regeneration

Recall the wonderful story of Dorothy and her dog, Toto, who are whisked away from their home and follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard of Oz, to nd the pathway home. Along the way they meet a Scarecrow searching for a brain, a Tin Man missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who wants courage. The Wizard chal- lenges them to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West to earn his help. In this quest, they achieve their dreams, and Dorothy discovers from Glinda, the Good Witch, “You’ve always had the power, my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.

Chapter Quote

“Throughout this story is embedded the importance of storytelling, how a story’s frame can either empower or disempower us in our belief that we can make a difference in our own lives, in our communities, to become more sustainable. We are biologically driven social animals, and storytelling is a social act in and of itself through which we share cultural meaning and purpose.” (p. 115)

– Ann Dale, Edging Forward: Achieving Sustainable Community Development


October 25, 2015

“Half the world must be set aside for nature, says Canadian conservationist” on the Sunday Edition with Micheal Enright

CBC Radio. (27, August 2017). Half the world must be set aside for nature, says Canadian conservationist. Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/radio/

“Longtime conservationist Harvey Locke travels the world to encourage people to think about the needs of the Earth and not just our needs as a species — an idea that he refers to as ‘nature needs half’.”


October 20, 2015

Energy Innovation

Haaretz.com. (2014, December 29). Wind Tree uses micro turbine leaves to generate electricity [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/UOp7hYwObA4

News video on a new type of wind turbine styled to look like a tree. Mini plastic turbines make up the leaves of the tree, and pick up very small breezes that larger machines do not.


Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover!

FastCompany. (2011, October 4). What is Biomimicry? [Video file]. Retrieved from https://biomimicry.org/what-is-biomimicry/#.V7IHAJMrJbU

An explanation of biomimicry. Described as bringing biologists to the (sustainable) design table, because nature already has the best and most sustainable answer to design.


Exponential Technologies

Tony Seba. (2016, April 2). Clean Disruption – Why Energy & Transportation will be Obsolete by 2030 – Oslo, March 2016 [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/Kxryv2XrnqM

Tony Seba describes Clean Disruption, which is when innovative and ecological products overtake reigning technologies. Examples include energy storage, electric and self-driving cars, and solar energy.


Is Consciousness Fundamental?

Closer to Truth. (2017). Rupert Sheldrake – Is Consciousness Fundamental? [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46kgmgI9fPs

Biologist and author, Rupert Sheldrake, shares his ideas on the nature of consciousness on “Closer to Truth”.

Academic Articles

October 15, 2015

Burch, S., Shaw, A., Dale, A., & Robinson, J. (2014). Triggering transformative change: a development path approach to climate change response in communities. Climate Policy, 14(4), 467-487. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/


Hanna, K. and Ann Dale. Social Capital: A Planner’s Primer, Plan Canada, Winter 2008, 44(8):36-39. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net


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/


October 10, 2015

A greener grid: China’s embrace of a new electricity-transmission technology holds lessons for others. (2017, January 14). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


Climate change: Clear thinking needed. (2015, November 28). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


Combating illegal fishing: Dragnet. The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


Companies’ green strategies: In the thicket of it. (2016, July 28). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


Electrifying everything: After electric cars, what more will it take for batteries to change the face of energy? (2017, August 12). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


Fewer, but still with us: The world has made great progress with eradicating extreme poverty. (2017, March 30). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


Generating power from waste heat: Hot stuff. (2015, August 1). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


Heroine addiction: How to smack it down. (2015, November 7). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


Herrmann, V. (2017, July 12). Doomsday narratives about climate change don’t work. But here’s what does. The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com


Higher education: Flying high. (2016, June 25). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


Invisible Fuel. (2015, January 25). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


In praise of human guinea pigs. (2015, December 10). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


Prugh, T. (2016, September 13). Is Informed Engagement Key to Sustainability? [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://blogs.worldwatch.org/democracy-sustainability-cities/


Schiller, B. (2017, July 10). When It Comes To Sustainable Development, The U.S. Is Failing (By A Lot). Fast Company. Retrieved from https://www.fastcompany.com


Wilt, J. (2017, July 12). The Problem With Climate Doomsday Reporting, And How to Move Beyond It. DeSmog Canada. Retrieved from https://www.desmog.ca

Other Interesting Stuff

October 5, 2015











Dale, A. (2010, March 5). Policy and Social Innovation: As if it Mattered? [PowerPoint presentation].


Dale, A., Newell, R., Herbert, Y. & Foon, R. (2015). The Solutions Agenda: A Call to Action for and by Canadians. Retrieved from https://www.changingtheconversation.ca/thesolutionsagenda


Dale, A., Foon, R. & Herbert, Y. (2013). A Policy Agenda for Canadian Municipalities. Retrieved from https://crcresearch.org/solutions-agenda/policy-agenda-canadian-municipalities


Dale, A., Robinson, J., Herbert, Y., & Shaw, A. (2013). Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: An Action Agenda for BC Decision-Makers. Retrieved from https://crcresearch.org/solutions-agenda/climate-action-agenda-bc-decision-makers


Dale, A., Herbert, Y., Newell, R. & Foon, R. (2012). Action Agenda: Rethinking Growth and Prosperity. Retrieved from https://crcresearch.org/solutions-agenda/action-agenda-rethinking-growth-and-prosperity


Friends of the Earth. (2017). 20 Big Ideas to Change the World. Retrieved from https://www.foe.co.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/30-big-ideas-change-world-102987.pdf