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A year ago, Karen and I pushed a pin into the roadmap of our life and declared “next stop, the TCS New York City Marathon, 2018”. We tapped SUBMIT on the website instantly sending our order to Dream Travel Canada for two guaranteed entries to the November 2018 event. A wave of warm energy, excitement and expectation washed through me – I was literally tingling.

I immediately got on my iPhone and purchased Sinatra’s New York, New York, then put on my running gear and headphones, and burst out the door into a cool November afternoon. I walked and ran for an hour – listening to Frank, over and over again.

Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today. I want to be a part of it, New York, New York….these “running shoes”, are longing to stray, right through the very heart of it, New York, New York….

As I write this, butterflies return just thinking about that day. This wouldn’t be just...

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A Method To Assess The Cumulative Effects Of Land Use & Dispossession On The Indigenous Seasonal Round

I've been leading a lot of #CumulativeEffects work in Secwepemcúl’ecw, the unceded Traditional Territory of the Secwépemc Nation. The people of this indigenous Nation have lived in southern British Columbia, Canada, for over 10,000 years and their Territory is the largest of all First Nations in British Columbia occupying almost 20% of the Province.  

In the Virtual Time Machine Podcast, I discuss how we can travel back in time to see how the Secwépemc lived for thousands of years, directly from the land, long before the arrival of Settlers. In the spring, summer and fall, they would travel to different areas of Secwepemcúl'ecw to gather the various resources from they land they needed to survive.  This moving around for resources is characterized in English as the 'Seasonal Round'.

Obviously, food was a critical resource.  Here is an excerpt from BC School District 73 website about this.

“In winter people...

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How To Select Indicators That Will Help You - And How Many Do Yo Need?

My last blog explored stories as one of the most powerful Virtual Time Machines. In planning, especially land use planning, our stories are captured and shared as scenarios. They are like “short stories” rather than novels. When you develop a land use planning scenario, you have a general sense of where and when but the place to start working out the details is to understand what is important first. The key priorities or values are the starting point – and everything else is connected to this. 

"Defining an appropriate set of indicators at the earliest stages of the planning process is crucial because it influences all the subsequent decisions"

In storytelling, these are the characters. In scenario planning, these are the performance indicators. In environmental impact assessment terminology – these are the valued components. Defining an appropriate set of indicators at the earliest stages of the planning process...

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HOW TO WRITE YOUR OWN STORY

If you could have ANYTHING YOU WANT, what would it be? Dude, think about that. Now, imagine for a minute, that you got it. You made it happen. Imagine how great that would feel. Here's the secret to making that happen.

"Be the author of your own story"

How? Imagine your future, understand the systems at play, design your plan, commit to implementing. Seriously, that's it! That's the secret to getting what you want - its really that straightforward. How to do this is the subject of this and my following articles.

Why bother? Well, if you're not charting your own path, writing your own story - you will be written into someone else's story and you won't be able to ensure how it turns out. That's the 'Business As Usual' scenario - don't settle for that.

Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple said,

“the most powerful person in the world is the story teller.  The storyteller sets the vision, values and agenda of an entire generation that is to come”

Now that might be...

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Not Business As Usual

 

There's much more below than in this short video - read on :)

My wife Karen and I are training to run the 2018 New York City Marathon. It’s the world’s biggest marathon, it’s been on our bucket list for a long time and we are pretty jacked about running through New York’s 5 Burroughs being cheered on by a couple of million supporters! 


Near the finish of the NYC Marathon in Central Park

What an incredible experience that is going to be. I often say that the best way to see a city is to run it because you move through at just the right speed. It gives you time enough to see, feel, smell and touch the character of the city. The #nycmarathon starts on Staten Island. We first run over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge into Brooklyn. We continue crossing rivers from burrough to burrough, from Brooklyn we cross over into Queens, from Queens we cross into the Bronx, from the Bronx over into Manhattan, finally finishing in Central Park. No exaggeration, it's going to...

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#CumulativeEffects

 

You heard it here first, one of the biggest hashtags in your social media will soon be #CumulativeEffects    Cumulative Effects is a term that soon will be as common in our discussions as #ClimateChange. 

WHY?
The Virtual Time Machine shows us that we are entering the Anthropocene, a geologic epoch where humans have become the dominant force of change and where the scarcity of natural resources is on the rise. This is driven by 2 key factors:

1.   Planet Earth is a system with finite (a set limit of) resources

2.   Humans are increasing in # and per capita resource consumption at unprecedented levels


Photo by Jayphen Simpson on Unsplash

When did this start? The arrival of the industrial age has increased our technology and power – improving our collective quality of life beyond anything ever experienced before in history. But we are now starting to realize that the patterns, processes and approaches...

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New Year's Resolutions Suck!

Instead, plan strategically and bask in success!!

2/3’s of us made a New Year’s resolution this year, but sadly, the data suggests that less than 10% of us will be successful. #newyearsresolutionfail

Why are we so bad at this?

Our modern lifestyle has us on the receiving end of unprecedented levels of relentless messaging about what others think we should want, need, or should try to be.

I resolve to (fill in the blank).

According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, we answer the resolution question with one of the following 4 types of resolutions: 1) self improvement/education, 2) weight, 3) money or 4) relationship.

We are cheered for following the trend rather than striking out on our own.

I got a Garmin Vivo Active watch for Christmas – I wanted it for my marathon training and it’s excellent – I love it. But it wants me to wear it 24/7. It wants me to rely on it to tell me if I slept well or not and encourages me to enter into weekly, even...

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IS THIS CLIMATE CHANGE OR JUST WEATHER?

Doesn’t it feel like we’ve been tossing around in a washing machine of natural disasters in 2017?  Hurricanes, wildfires, flooding, drought, storm surge… earthquakes!  Is this because of climate change or is it just weather?

What’s the difference between climate and weather? 

Climate is different than weather and both are driven by global warming and human land use.

Weather is local and temporary.  It’s how the atmosphere is behaving at a particular time in a certain place. Temperature, rain, snow, and wind are all elements of weather. Weather is variable and constantly changing. When you look out your window, you are looking at weather; the 7-day temperature, sun, rain or snow forecasts are telling you about the expected weather.  

image source: The Weather Network

A hurricane, snowstorm or heat wave is weather – not climate.

Thinking bigger picture, climate describes average atmospheric indicators like...

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The Big 5 Threats To Grizzly Bears - It's Not Trophy Hunting

Hunting is no longer the biggest fire burning at the grizzly bear’s cave door.

No, I’m not a Grizzly Bear Biologist and I'm not a hunter.  I am a Systems Ecologist & Professional Forester – much of my career’s work has centered around understanding the cumulative effects people and nature have on one another and using that knowledge to help plan for a future we all want.

This week the fledgling new British Columbia Government announced it will fulfill an election promise by banning “Trophy Hunting” of Grizzly Bears in the Province. 

But you can still kill them as long as you pack the meat out and turn in the head, paws and hide to the Government – and providing you are not in the Great Bear Rainforest.

It appears that killing grizzly bears is not really perceived as a threat to their survival – but the social acceptability of killing them for “sport” does appear to be on the decline.

To understand...

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Can We Re-Learn To Live With Wildfire?

Click below to watch this Video BLOG and be sure to have your sound on.

Resilience and survival mean we need to adapt to having wildfire in our world - not trying to eliminate it. Indigenous people lived in harmony with fire for 1000's of years here in North America - we need to re-learn that skill.  

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