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Creative Innovative Cities (Part One): Unlocking the Creative Potential of Urban Professionals
Creativity needs to be cultivated throughout society in order to build creative cities that are inclusive of not only a ‘creative class’ but all citizens. We can strive for creative cities, but we also need creative approaches by creative professionals enabled by creative leadership.

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Designing Intergenerational Communities
It’s time to think differently about how generations interact, ways in which they can build relationships and if desired address local challenges. With accelerated change around the world amplified by the pandemic experience, how can we expand opportunities for elders and young children to participate together in public life?

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"Where Will They Play?" Playful Learning in the Classroom and City
A few years ago, former educator and co-founder of Design Outsider, Joshua Speedie investigated factors that limited Ontario Grade One teachers from utilizing play activities in their classroom. In light of his career pivot from educator to designer, Joshua reflects back on the research findings of his study, and identifies useful frameworks and resources for those aiming to enhance playful learning in our cities, towns and communities. 

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Designing Better Places Together: An Interdisciplinary Framework for Inclusive Decision Making
Many of the pressing challenges facing the world today are interconnected in nature and require a new awareness from designers and an appreciation of the critical role of 'design outsiders'. How do designers navigate this complexity?

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Children as 'Design Outsiders': Challenges and Opportunities
Opportunities for children to participate in decisions that affect their lives has been largely overlooked by prevailing adult planning priorities and agendas in cities. As young children are active social actors, experts in their own lives and capable communicators their views provide a unique and needed perspective on urban life.

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Why We Need Design Outsiders
Why are so many designers failing to meet the needs of people? This is the question we asked when reflecting on our collective interdisciplinary professional and educational experiences ranging from architecture, planning, urban design to education.

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June 10, 2021
Reflections on the First Two Day Design
This week’s design outsider was Emily, a school teacher with a background in traditional and non-traditional educational environments. She was invited as a guest as the design challenge was to create a unique piece of play furniture.

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March 1, 2021
Enhancing Participation Options
While the Covid-19 pandemic has made certain participatory methods more difficult, the opportunities for online participation continues to develop with new technology. As Design Outsider aims to build an online community through the affiliated youtube channel, we consider what benefits and challenges such an approach can be for collaborators to share their thoughts and ideas.

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February 22, 2021