Hope as Resistance

By |2023-03-27T13:19:51-04:00March 27th, 2023|Categories: News|

The act of hoping in the midst of moral distress is an act of resistance. As noted by Rebecca Solnit in Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities: “Resistance is first of all a matter of principle and a way to live, to make yourself one small republic of unconquered spirit. You hope for

Planning and Possibility

By |2023-01-30T12:02:30-05:00January 30th, 2023|Categories: News|

The start of a new calendar year is a time to reflect on the past year. And the start of a new lunar year always makes me think about how to be open to possibility. The start of a new moon cycle nudges me to consider what needs to be wrapped up from the last

Cultivate Joy

By |2022-12-21T11:35:08-05:00December 21st, 2022|Categories: News|

I am looking forward to spending December holidays, and ringing in the new year, with family and friends. After two years of spending New Year’s separated from them, due to COVID, I am especially grateful to be reconnecting with them in person. During our extended periods apart, I have deepened my appreciation for how important

Infrastructure is About People (Too)

By |2022-12-05T20:40:09-05:00November 30th, 2022|Categories: News|

There are lots of definitions for social infrastructure in the realm of planning and policy. Most explanations of social infrastructure focus on physical infrastructure with a social purpose, like education/schools, health/hospitals, and recreation/swimming pools. Missing from many examinations of social infrastructure, especially those connected with capital projects, are people; instead, people are the focus

Autumn 2022 Update

By |2022-10-27T16:18:50-04:00October 27th, 2022|Categories: News|

An entire season has passed since I last posted, so it is time for an update! I pressed the pause button this summer and spent the time rejuvenating my own health and well-being. I also reflected upon the past two years at Viswali Consulting and our practice of fostering systems change. I am amazed

Practices for Managing Uncertainty Redux

By |2022-10-27T16:19:04-04:00June 29th, 2022|Categories: News|

Faced recently with personal uncertainty, I decided to take my own advice noted in my December 2021 blogpost “Practices For Managing Uncertainty.” However, this time I took more time to recognize the feelings of fear and vulnerability that also emerged. As the saying goes, “The best laid plans… often go awry,” and over the past

What being inducted into the 2021 CIP College of Fellows means to me

By |2021-11-29T16:36:13-05:00June 25th, 2021|Categories: Career, News|Tags: , , |

In May 2021, I was inducted into the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) College of Fellows. Being named a Fellow of the CIP is the highest award that the Institute can give to a planner. I am grateful to my nominator and to all those who submitted letters of endorsement. I was asked by


By |2020-07-05T01:34:33-04:00June 19th, 2020|Categories: News|

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