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Biweekly, Monday, 12 – 2, Week 2
space available

By 2050, it is anticipated that 70% of the world’s population will live in cities, the majority of which will have more than 10 million inhabitants.

In our workshop, we look at cities of all sizes in assessing how successful they have been and what challenges they are facing and will face to ensure that they will be liveable, sustainable and people-friendly for the long-term future.   That promises to be an immense challenge for urban planners.

We shall explore the myriad of factors, including climate change, population pressure, pollution, logistics, endemics and pandemics, food and water supply, energy, war, pestilence, etc.,  – not just the nuts and bolts of the “ideal city”….   We shall be future forecasters as well as planners.  We suggest that Cities workshop members start polishing their crystal balls over the summer.

Participants will be asked to make a 20-30 minute presentation and to actively (and enthusiastically!) participate in the ensuing bi-weekly discussions.


Andris Rubenis ( was born in a post-WW2 refugee camp in Germany of Latvian parents and came to Toronto at the age of 2. He was a family physician, with an eventual concentration in long-term care medicine. Other interests – grandchildren, anthropology, astronomy, paleo-anything, history, music, guitar, travel, and lifelong learning (just for the sake of it).

Karena de Souza ( is a strategist, speaker and podcaster. She currently presents to young adults and their influencers (parents, educators, employers) on the Future of Work. Her degree in Math & Computing led to a long career on Wall Street in IT. She joined the Academy in 2018 drawn by its collaborative learning, breadth of workshops and the cluster of curious minds.

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