Publications & Presentations

MDB Insight team members share their expertise through a range of presentation and media contribution activities. These include:

Best Practices

Investing in Economic Development: Important Key Indicators Municipalities Should Assess
Paul Blais

Prophets in Their Own Hometowns: Why We Shouldn’t Turn a Blind Eye to Local Visionaries
Brock Dickinson

Business

Retooling The Economy From Our Garage: Entrepreneurs Are Coming Out of the Woodwork, but They Face Several Obstacles
Brock Dickinson

The 400-Hour Workweek: The Transition from 19th-Century Clippers to Email Should Have Given Entrepreneurs More Free Time…
Brock Dickinson

Plenty of Office Space: From Castles to WiFi-enabled Coffee Shops, Our Workspace Has Rapidly Evolved and Proliferated Over the Past 1,000 Years
Brock Dickinson

Where are Niagara’s Young Guns?
Brock Dickinson

Buy When Others Are Fearful: How to Survive and Thrive in the Current Economic Crisis
Brock Dickinson

Creative Economy

Canada’s Creative Corridor: Connecting Creative Urban & Rural Economies within Eastern Ontario and the Mega Region

Building a Creative Rural Economy
Greg Baeker

Cultural Development

Culture, Authenticity, Place: Connecting Cultural Mapping and Place Branding
Greg Baeker and Jeanette Hanna

Cultural Mapping Tools: Connecting Place, Culture, and Economy for the Creation of Local Wealth
Greg Baeker

Mapping Community Identity: The Power of Stories
Greg Baeker and David T. Brown

Creative Connections: Saskatoon Builds Its Creative City
Greg Baeker

Culture + Place = Wealth Creation
Greg Baeker and Glen Murray

Municipal Cultural Planning – Combating the “Geography of Nowhere”
Greg Baeker

Creative Placemaking: Heritage meets the creative industries
Greg Baeker and Lauren Millier

Environment

Building Tomorrow’s Economy: Committing to the Environment Means Opportunities for Our Children
Brock Dickinson

Building the New Economy: Why Niagara should trade its Blue Collars for Green
Brock Dickinson

John Bordynuik’s Plan to Fix the World – Turning plastic Into Fuel: This Kind of Technology is an Economic and Environmental Game Changer
Brock Dickinson

Globalization

Individual Sovereignty and New Models of Community
Brock Dickinson

Learning to be Swiss: It’s Time for Niagara to Embrace a High Loonie, Rather Than Shun It
Brock Dickinson

Technology

Web 2.0, Wikis and the Wisdom of the Crowd
Brock Dickinson

Flying Geese, Leapfrog and the Information Revolution
Brock Dickinson

Workforce Development

Canada’s Workforce Crisis: Moving from Conversation to Action

The Rise of the Gig Economy
Brock Dickinson