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:
Fostering a Culture of Engagement & Flourishing to Address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Recently, during a joint conference of the Alberta Museums Association (Canada) and the Western Museums Association (USA), Candace Matelic and I delivered a workshop on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We positioned the SDGs as both an inspiration and a framework for museums to better connect with their communities. If you have not yet encountered the SDGs, you aren’t alone. They were ratified about the same time that the Paris Accord was being negotiated (Fall, 2015) – and the Paris Accord got much more attention in the media. Plus, the SDGs have simply, and sadly, not experienced as much uptake in North America as they have in other countries…
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
“In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of.
In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.”