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 - Academia.edu link.
Michelle and I have four children ages 11, 15, 17 and 19. We live in a three-story brick house in East Hamilton.
Urban Planning and Social Innovation
Berkeley Planning Journal
Finding Your Fit: A Proposal for Emerging Planning Scholars.
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."
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