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In: IF Life

September 27, 2016

Thank you imagineCALGARY

This week, I attended an event celebrating ten years of imagineCALGARY. I was a member of the project team that helped develop the city’s long-range urban sustainability plan when I was a planner with the City of Calgary.

It was an especially important moment for me because imagineCALGARY is a major factor in Intelligent Futures coming into existence. After going through a 2-year process that engaged over 18,000 citizens on the future of the city, I was inspired in ways I hadn’t experienced before (or expected when we started). I wanted to take the lessons learned and work with other communities and contexts. These lessons, amongst many others, have informed my career and company ever since.


Last week, we gathered for some team refocus days. For this session, the team was asked to investigate processes, habits and products of firms outside of our usual (current) frame of reality. We wanted to see what kinds of lessons we could learn from other sectors and parts of the world.


At Intelligent Futures, we use a very flexible work model. We don’t have set hours — people have different rythms so they can work whenever they need. It allows for work to fit within to their bigger lives (rather than the other way around, which seems to be the case too often). It also allows for different working situations for different kinds of work.