Citizen Science in the City

February 19, 2019 in Environment

People often think about cities as being separate from nature, but the reality is that cities are intimately connected to the natural systems that support life. There’s a concept called ‘ecological services’ that is worth understanding when we think about our cities. Basically, ecological services talk about the activities that naturally occur in nature – for example a wetland naturally cleans water; a tree naturally cleans the air – all for free. As more and more people move to cities, it is important to continually improve how we integrate our natural and urban systems. With all that in mind, we wanted to talk to someone who understands the relationship between natural systems and cities. Danah Duke is the executive director of the Miistakis Institute.


Cultivating Community through Creativity

February 4, 2019 in Art & Culture, Community

“The artists musicians and designers, they make the city colourful. And they bring life to the city. And even if you don’t think you like art or music, you probably do, and you probably enjoy those type of people in your city, because they really create that culture and create that community.” – Angel Guerra

In 2018, Market Collective celebrated their 10 year anniversary. A lot has changed for the company since their humble beginnings in 2008. John talks with Angel who has been running this Calgary-based artisan market since day one. Angel, along with co-founder Angela Dione, decided to chip in $50 each to launch Market Collective together. The result? In the last three years alone, the markets have generated $5 million in sales for local artisans and artists.

Healthy Habits for a Happy New Year

December 31, 2018 in Meta

As 2018 wraps up, many of you may be thinking about your 2019 New Year’s Resolutions. Some approaches to personal improvement may help improve communities and cities along the way. This week’s episode is a review of past guests whose insights align with common New Years Resolutions.

As 2019 gets underway, we hope that you are able to find new ways of building habits that make you healthier and happier. Thanks to everyone who has listened to us in our first year and here’s to a great year ahead as we discover cities from a even more angles.

From the team here at Intelligent Futures…..Happy new year!