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Cardus What Makes A Good City Forum

As Canadians get set to revel in urban summer life, Cardus considers the question "What makes a g...

Additional Resources for Subsidiarity

Vibrant civic life requires effective balancing of freedom and responsibility at all scales of so...

Additional Resources for Social Capital

Trust, cooperation, and belonging are vital contributors to resilience. How well do understand th...

Additional Resources for Charity

Though seldom sensational, Canada's charitable activities are essential to our civil society. Our...

Director's Commentary

Building the Social City

The networks of relationships needed to make a community not only liveable but also sociable can ...

Sustainable Cities and Social Capital: Common Dilemmas and Hopes

We need to spend more time and energy in answering that participant’s insightful question and its...

Giving is a Group Project

It would appear that a tremendous amount of the money donated in Canada to charitable work is hig...

Law, Design, and the Human Habitat: Part II

By the end of the day, working amid the street noise, sun, and constant collegial exchanges, we h...

Law, Design, and the Human Habitat: Part I

As teams we spent time debating, puzzling, and sketching how the SmartCode could guide a strongly...

3D Cities: Tower, Slum, and Sprawl

But in light of growth projections, more innovations will be critical for informal development sp...

Remembering How to Innovate

The most interesting part of the story of Hans Neilson Hauge was that he was born in Norway in 17...

Persistence, Underwritten by Hope

Lynn Randall, Paul Johnson, Paul Born, and other leaders gave us particular instances of local ef...

Dancing with Data: Fewer Sequins, Bigger Payoffs

I decided to sign up for Jeff Leek's Data Analysis on Coursera (Jeff Leek is a professor at the J...

Disruptive Innovation or Passing Oddities?

It is possible that disruptive innovations like digital lending platforms, mobile banking, or the...

Becoming Socially Incompetent

Here are a few things that can foster this re-weaving, in no particular order: hospitality (invit...

Glorious Adaptation: Institutions that are Future Ready

We need to do much more to advance our understanding of what makes institutions bendy, adaptive, ...

Clear Cutting Social Landscapes

Are institutions today the old buildings of Robert Moses time? They seem to be less chic, awkward...

Writing Life

Convivium contributor Milton Friesen reflects on the beauty, gift, and service that writers and t...

Mathematics and social architecture?

So what kind of rigour do we apply when we talk about social architecture? Are mathematics of use...

Skills of the Future—Can we read the crystal ball?

Any one of the ten skills on the tech list could absorb us fully as specialties in their own righ...

How Institutions are Born (sort of)

The founders of Barefoot College decided to orchestrate these densities by utilizing local resour...

The Teenage Brain

First, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) research suggests that teenage brains, like newbor...

Sugar-High Campaigns: The Morning After Social Media Success

Does the acceleration of support and withdrawal weaken the cohesion of our civic core? Do the arc...

Mass Deviance: An Innovation Super-power?

The off-grid workforce within the sprawling metropolises of the world, the territory that Neuwirt...

Time to take the Gulag out of Research

First, significant amounts of university research never reach the places that need the knowledge ...

Data Visualization and the Power to Tell Stories

I put together this data visualization based on the World Development Indicators dataset on Googl...

Social Networks: Precarious or Robust?

How much diversity exists in your social circle? What about your neighbourhood? Is it diverse fro...

Universities and the Death of Cloistered Knowledge

People involved in higher education reflect on change often and at length but outside of the inst...

Charity with Attitude - flames painted on the side and all that

Charitable work in Canada and the US is massively important along many lines—social, economic, cu...

Think Tanks - Fossilizing or Flourishing?

If the thesis of Yochai Benkler is correct, that we are in the midst of a transition from an indu...

Inspiration may be instant, innovation is less so

This article on Frog Design's website (Slow Innovation: good ideas take a long time to perfect) i...

Humility and the Public Intellectual

The very term "public intellectual" loudly proclaims a proclivity for pride and arrogance The pub...

Better Cities from Better Planning

"It's hard rations, and it's tough times with most all city budgets "Shrinking city budgets have ...

When Digital Shackles Clasp

Though digital communication may have assisted in the aggregation of interested people, there is ...

An Opinion on Hamilton: Herman Turkstra

This is a very candid view of Hamilton from someone who has very much been part of the complex an...

Communities in Boom - 2010 Report

The Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses notes that 53% of working Canadians are employe...

Do Some Charities Need the Gallows?

This Fast Company article asks an important question: Do some charities have a shelf-life? Is it ...

The Social Economy in Canada

Yesterday The Guardian published a brief article that highlights the importance of the third sect...

It's a Wonderful [Social Enterprise] Life

The intriguing blur that current explorations of social enterprise creates arises, for examples, ...

Data Mapping Ancient Snail Mail Letters

Stanford University has conducted a fascinating data visualization project called Mapping the Rep...

Nanoseconds :: Black Holes :: Cosmology :: Quantum Foundations

The intent is to gauge your level of interest in questions that attend to the origins of the univ...

Deadbeat Youth Politics

But I wonder if the "you should just vote" chastisement that Fowler levels at young voters is out...

Deep-Earth Diving

Louis, then Bonne Terre Mine

Your City in Six Words

What would you say about your city or local community if all you had was one photo and a tagline ...

A Most Unpleasant Commute

Do you camp out? Start eating the chickens you're hauling? Grab a few tents from the Canadian/Chi...

Sleeping in Public

You don't read much about sleeping in public these days but I think it's a topic worthy of contem...

Poorest in Hamilton Die 21 Years Earlier

What can average citizens do to raise the floor of poverty in Hamilton or the equivalent in their...

City Museum - St. Louis

Are you afraid of heights? CM will scare you with a dangling school bus and passenger door that o...

Biking to Work

Living within a biking commute of work is yet another thing I can add to my list of what I love a...

Social Enterprise and Complexity - a brief report

This past weekend I had the privilege of attending and presenting at the Adelphi University Schoo...

The Listener - Radio at Night

That's how I felt when I read "The Listener," an article about nighttime radio host, George Noory...