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:
Actuaries Dive into Climate Change Data!
January 9, 2017
For years I have been aware that some of the heavy lifters of risk-based, data analysis belonged to a very large industry – the insurance sector. Actuaries focus on understanding trends related to risks and benefits. For the most part, they limit their work to helping insurance companies manage financial risk in order to help optimize economic returns within the field of insurance.
However, their capacity to assess risk within dynamic social and natural systems goes far beyond the financial and profit-oriented aspects of our world. Over the past couple of years, a group of bright and motivated actuaries from the USA and Canada organized themselves to create an actuarial lens on the phenomenon of climate change. Late in 2016, they launched their project – which “provides a quarterly measure of changes in extreme weather events and sea levels, available online at….
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.”