Milton Friesen

Milton Friesen

Key Themes

Adaptive Design

Complexity Science
Network Science
Urban Planning and Social Innovation

Recent Publications

Berkeley Planning Journal
Finding Your Fit: A Proposal for Emerging Planning Scholars.

Municipal World
Social Infrastructure: Underpinning the Success of Cities.

Stanford Social Innovation Review
Saviors at City Hall? Review of Benjamin Barber's book "If Mayors Ruled the World."

Bio Details

Core ideas that orient a significant amount of my work include the exploration of complexity science by means of various network approaches. Network dynamics are a persistent feature of our human interactions including the organizations, institutions and societies that Cardus is working to support and make sense of.

I am very interested in how organizations adapt to change (or fail to adapt) including the cities where most of the global population lives. Resilient enterprises at all scales invest energy in designing and nurturing intelligent processes that allow room for surprise, novelty and feedback signals.

One place where ideas about complexity and adaptation are gaining ground is in the growing social enterprise movement. Canada has many valuable social enterprise projects that are at various stages of maturity. These creative enterprises hold promise for improved long-term performance.

My project work has included creative team leadership, undergraduate teaching, marketing communications, editing, writing, interviewing, political campaign development, web strategies and content development. I have served a three-year term as an elected municipal councillor and I have run in two other municipal campaigns (including a mayoral race) that did not lead to election.

Research development themes include the pursuit of a Ph.D. at the University of Waterloo School of Planning where I am researching new ways to measure the social fabric of neighbourhoods, as well as participating in the Waterloo Institute on Complexity and Innovation and the University of Waterloo Network Science reading group - link.

Michelle and I have four children ages 11, 15, 17 and 19. We live in a three-story brick house in East Hamilton.


May 29, 2014
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Aug 17, 2012
Reviews & Opinions
May 30, 2012
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Feb 29, 2012
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Jan 21, 2011
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Sep 17, 2010
Reviews & Opinions
Feb 12, 2010
Jun 5, 2009
Reviews & Opinions
Jun 1, 2009
Symposium This article was in a Comment print issue! Click for details.
May 22, 2009
Visual Art
Dec 1, 2008
Symposium This article was in a Comment print issue! Click for details.

Cardus Policy in Public

Dec 22, 2010
Jun 15, 2009

Columns & Opinions

Nov 21, 2013

Cardus Audio

Contact Milton

  (905) 528-8866 x 24
  (289) 880-2200

Cardus Team Member

Program Director, Social Cities

Cardus Senior Fellow

Expertise What's this?

Adaptive Organizations
Complexity Science
Network Science
Social Innovation
Urban Planning

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