A special Design with Dialogue event was held in conjunction with the 2011 Marshal McLuhan Centenary, as a panel and participatory workshop in which the public was invited to engage the questions:

How is the city a medium, a media system? Can McLuhan’s notion of media ecology help guide historic changes in resource ecologies?

How are ecological changes moving us toward planning for urban resilience?

How might we make the transition to resilience as a community and not as competing resource users?

What are the risks if we don’t act, or we fail to cooperate in “transilience?”

Director's Note: This event brought together two sides of the "resilience divide" on the panel, with Resilient City founder Craig Applegath focusing on resilience planning and the argument for urban density. U of T's Blake Poland is teaching community resilience and shared his experiences with the Transition Oakville group he helped to found. The closet reductionist in me (and the documentary filmmaker) liked the potential conflict between the bottom-up versus top-down approaches.

Jeff Ranson spoke powerfully on Equity as a central resilience and transition principle, and seemed to bring these two approaches together.

Peter Jones explained the McLuhan Tetrad and creative bedlam ensued. This event brought some very smart Torontonians thinking about resilience in new and funky ways. This is a rough cut of a much shorter piece I'll be editing soon.

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