• Header photo of Ballard Sunday Farmers' Market in Seattle, Washington, by Joe Mabel via Wikimedia Commons.

What are the Commons?

By Patrick Tanguay|2022-05-17T07:21:49-04:0021 April 2022|Economy|

Most people who have not taken a specific interest in the commons have likely come into contact with them through public spaces in a city, urban gardening plots, and of course Wikipedia. Although most of us don’t necessarily realise that’s what they are and don’t spend much time considering what that implies. Breathable air is another form of commons we’ve grown more aware of with pollution and of course COVID and protecting that shared air by using masks.

Aligning circular economy and inclusion in Vancouver

By Patrick Tanguay|2022-05-17T08:37:12-04:0028 October 2021|Economy|

Whether it’s an economic downturn, the pandemic, or mounting climate-related disasters, it’s becoming ever clearer that marginalized communities suffer a larger part of the impacts and need to be centered in any recovery discussions. In Vancouver over 2020, a number of projects and organizations did just that, aligning circular economy and inclusion.

  • Photo by S O C I A L . C U T on Unsplash

Economic development the small scale way

By Patrick Tanguay|2021-05-31T04:48:35-04:0025 May 2021|Economy|

Two things you’ve probably seen a number of times in the media: talking about “makers” only as it relates to new makerspaces and hobbyists; economic development that centres on big employers opening large offices or plants in town. But actually, makers come in all shapes, sizes, and kinds of products, and a multiplication of small scale manufacturing can be a much more reliable way of revitalizing downtowns, creating employment, and creating value that sticks around.

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