Don’t call it “positivity”. Call it “respect”.

Jeremy Mesiano-Crookston Do you believe that the Liberals won this campaign because of “positivity”, or “sunny ways”? If so, congratulations: you’ve just lost yourself an election. Attributing their win to “positivity” is making exactly the same mistake the Conservative campaign recently made. The seeds of the Tories’ rout can be seen in the subtext of […]

Opinion: The Misvaluing of the Humanities in the Policy Realm

Jeremy Mesiano-Crookston Two weeks ago, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof extolled the virtues the humanities bring to a civil and progressive society; which is fair, just, and absolutely correct. The humanities should be extolled as that branch of human endeavour that gives shape and heft to the rest of political society. However, Kristof’s column also inadvertently […]

About Public Consultation: An Interview with Mass LBP

Jeremy Mesiano-Crookston In any subject of endeavour the basics are always the same: you get the best output from the best input. In literature you start with the original texts; science has the controlled experiment; in engineering you work with the best materials you can get your hands on. In public policy the highest quality […]

Redefining Spaces: Three innovative methods of using public space

Jeremy Mesiano-Crookston The role a city plays in the life of a citizen is a central one. A country can work to define the overarching politics of a person – can make them look at the world through a particular lens or contemplate their place in it. But a municipality makes the critical political decisions […]