• February 26, 2018 / 

    Douglas Worts

    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

    “Temperature Changes from Around the World, over the past 137 Years — Climate Change in Action”

    Aug 29, 2018

    Yesterday, Canadian astronaut Col Chris Hatfield, posted an animation on temperatures around the world, over the past 137 years. It is based on data derived from historic sources & NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration data, via https://anttilip.net/).

    Generally, the Earth’s climate changes over a long period of time. However, in this era of ‘climate change’, the changes have been accelerated in dramatic ways. On a day-to-day basis, some people see a lot of beautiful days, mixed with some days of poor weather. These folks do not hear any alarm bells. One of the reasons for this is that the data – the feedback loops – seem like they are operating in slow motion. But when historical data, from reputable sources such as NASA, is compiled and provided in a way that condenses the trends into a short time frame, then even skeptical people will feel the impact of what is happening to our world. This short animation is an example of a compelling feedback loop on the increasing frequency of climate temperature extremes.  (Click here to continue reading and see the animation…)

    About me

    Culture and Sustainability– culture’s foundational role in our unsustainable society and its potential to foster a sustainable, flourishing world.

    Selected English Publications (quelque titres en français)

    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

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    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.”