Art Alley 2017 demonstrates the power and wisdom that indigenous art and teachings have towards lifting the collective spirit towards co-creating a culture of reconciliation, healing, opportunity and … [Read more...] about Art Alley – Another Great Year
I recently traveled to Ottawa to lecture at the 2017 RPIC Real Property National Workshop. My presentation was similar to one I will do for my own community in Victoria, BC this coming March. It was … [Read more...] about A Capital Lesson on Collaboration
This question remains a global one and a focal point for all cities and all levels of government, and reaches the deepest roots of our neighbourhoods. It seems to drive many conversations among … [Read more...] about What Makes our Communities Safe?
Christine has become a great friend and colleague since working with her in Red Deer, Alberta. It all got started in the downtown alleyways of that growing central Alberta city I called home from 2003 … [Read more...] about Artist Christine Karron
Compassionate cities care for their animals “Compassion is heart-centered. It is a strong desire to alleviate suffering whenever, wherever, and however it presents,” writes Mindful Coach Vanessa F. … [Read more...] about Compassionate cities care for their animals
Is it feasible that placemaking can be at the heart of everything we build? Of course it can - and, first we need to understand its importance and why it's so integral. When it comes to the built … [Read more...] about Placemaking – At the Heart of the Matter
In 2016 a bold vision and collaborative process began in an effort to bring the Circle Series: Circle of Support & Arts to the community of Red Deer, Alberta. It would support restorative … [Read more...] about Roundabout to Hope
As public safety remains a growing concern in cities around the world, how we treat our most vulnerable people must also be considered. How can we become more compassionate, support these people and … [Read more...] about Public Safety, Compassion and Community Integration
Good mayors build strong, creative communitiesHow often do you think about your mayor? If you’re like me, not often enough. Yet consider how a mayor can support you and your neighbourhood. Mayors have … [Read more...] about Good mayors build strong, creative communities
Small space, new reality – how small can you go?I spent years living full-time in a 26-foot trailer with my husband. In this home-is-where-you-park-it lifestyle, we flourished with less space and more … [Read more...] about Small space, new reality – how small can you go?