Greetings! You’ve arrived at the website of Douglas Worts. Within this site, you will find a range of resources and discussions related to my career in museums, as well as my interests in culture, creativity, culture and sustainability. There is also a link to material on my ancestors who were early industrialists in Toronto – during the early/middle 19th century. In addition there is a section on geothermal heating/cooling related to a project called “Green Laurier”. This project was an exploration into the retrofitting of a Toronto heritage neighbourhood with geothermal heating/cooling.
My Most Recent Blog Post:
“Green Laurier” – Exploring the Potential of Geothermal Heating Cooling as a Retrofit Strategy in Heritage Neighbourhoods
In the mid 2000s, I became interested in a community-based project geared to both preserve and transform heritage neighbourhoods – transformations that could have far-reaching impacts, some of which include:
- building cultural cohesion through crafting a joint vision of the future;
- negotiating the emergent values needed to guide forward-thinking actions;
- preserving heritage structures that help us all appreciate how we are part of a cultural continuum; and
- addressing one of the most ‘wicked problems’ we face – climate change.
This is the story of one such initiative, called “Green Laurier”.
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Culture and Sustainability– culture’s foundational role in our unsustainable society and its potential to foster a sustainable, flourishing world.
Museology– the potential of museums to be as culturally relevant as possible
WorldViews Consulting – my consulting company
Museums in the Winds of Change – A blog on how museums are adapting
Environmental Translation Project – A resource linking environment to focuses, like culture, food, cities, and more
Working Group on Museums & Sustainable Communities – A unique group of Canadian museum professionals
The Whiskey Connection– my connection to 19th century distilling in Toronto
Green Laurier – a project exploring the use of geothermal heating/cooling systems on a downtown Toronto street
Contact Douglas Worts:
dcworts ( at ) (don’t use this bit) douglasworts (dot) ca
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In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.”