Posted on 17, Feb | Posted by

Fourth pillar of sustainability: Culture and sustainability

The notion of culture as the ‘fourth pillar’ of sustainability has been part of the cultural planning and policy landscape for many years since articulated in Jon Hawkes influential The Fourth Pillar of Sustainability: Culture’s Essential Role in Public Planning. Hawkes set out a compelling case for culture as a fundamental planning framework that must be incorporated in integrated sustainability plans. Read the full blog post

Posted on 8, Dec | Posted by

Gift Giving by Peter Denton

Gift Giving

Just in time for the holidays, Gift Ecology: Reimagining a Sustainable World is a little book packed with big ideas. It’s the latest effort from Peter Denton, a Winnipeg-based academic and blogger, whose regular contributions can be seen at and elsewhere.  Denton’s past work is in diverse fields – theology, literary studies, the history of science – and is matched by an equally diverse teaching experience at institutions ranging from Red River College to the Royal Military College. At its heart, Gift Ecology is a lament for the excesses of transactional life – the economic realities of exchange and commerce that blind us to the true value of both the people around us and the earth on which we live. At the same time, however, it is a call to action – a plea that we rethink our place in the world, and focus on the act and idea of giving as a means of transforming both ourselves and our global environment. In making this case, Denton draws on a range of both classic and quirky thinkers, mixing the personal and the profound in a short, compelling narrative.

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Posted on 22, Jul | Posted by

TINAN Number 38 (July 2012)

In TINAN Number 38:

  • Playing with scenario planning in economic development
  • Showcasing inspiring infrastructure projects
  • Building the next Silicon ______
  • Creative rural economies: “The art of the rural”
  • Be pro-active to retain your best talent
  • Client Corner: York Region Supports Innovation in Manufacturing
  • Resource Review: The New Geography of Jobs

Posted on 9, Dec | Posted by

The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy by Chris Turner

Making the leap

If the recent global recession and economic turmoil are going to teach us anything, it should be that business as usual is not going to cut it anymore. Economic change is happening faster than we are used to reacting. We are in a new economy where businesses, communities, and governments at all levels need to adapt by taking a giant leap rather than a small step.

So argues Chris Turner in his book The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy. Turner, a leading Canadian writer on sustainability and the cleantech industry, makes the argument that civilization needs a sustainable new operating system, and fast. Similar to his Canadian non-fiction predecessors such as Jeff Rubin, Turner develops a compelling argument for making a leap to sustainability.

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Posted on 9, Aug | Posted by

Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas Friedman

Hot, Flat, and Crowded

Thomas Friedman, the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and a regular contributor to the New York Times, has recently published multiple articles on the topic of the economic ramifications of climate change for magazines like the Foreign Policy. Known largely for his work on economic globalization of the world (see his book The World is Flat) , in his recently published book, Hot, Flat and Crowded, Friedman analyzes the economic opportunities that can arise from the issue of climate change when government leaders and innovative firms work together.

In the book, Friedman emphasizes that global warming; rapidly growing populations and the expansion of the global middle class have produced a new global reality that he coins as “hot, flat and crowded”. Friedman propagates that both the solution to these environmental issues and the regeneration of the American economy are inherently linked: the adoption of a strategy for clean energy and energy efficiency by the United States. He highlights that in past decades much of the development seen has been around the ITindustry; and in the next decade the most powerful economic driver is the emerging environmental technologies (ET).

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Posted on 16, Oct | Posted by

TINAN Number 18 (October 2010)

In TINAN Number 18:

  • Innovation and Sustainability in Cities
  • TIGER, TIGER Burning (not so) Bright
  • Creativity and Innovation: Making North-South Connections
  • The Next Economy: Economic Recovery and Transformation in the Great Lakes Region
  • Client Corner:  Town of Oakville Wins EDAC Marketing Award
  • Resource Review:  Annual National Salary Survey

Posted on 16, Aug | Posted by

TINAN Number 4 (August 2009)

In TINAN Number 4:

  • Feds Announce Funding Program for Ontario Non-Profits – Apply by August 18!
  • $10,000 Grants Available to Social Enterprises in the GTA
  • New Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development Receives Positive Reviews
  • How to tell arse from elbow when it comes to news about the economy
  • U of Waterloo to hold Vancouver Seminar on Labour Force & Skills Issues in Economic Development
  • Employment Development Index July 2009
  • Client Corner: The City of Calgary
  • Resource Review: Getting started on Green Jobs

Posted on 9, Aug | Posted by

Getting Started Guide: Climate Prosperity Strategies in Your Community by the International Economic Development Council

Getting Started on Green Jobs

International Economic  Development Council

In July, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) released an abridged version of the Climate Prosperity Handbook called the Getting Started Guide: Climate Prosperity Strategies in Your Community (available by clicking here).  The Guide is designed to assist economic development professionals as they try to position their communities for success in an economy characterized by alternative energygreen collar jobs and an emphasis on sustainability.  Using concrete examples from communities including San Jose and Chicago, the publication describes how communities can build champions, engage in scenario planning exercises, translate visions into strategies and begin to move forward on the climate agenda in economically progressive ways. Read the Full Review

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