SSHRC - Imagining Canada's Future - Readings

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Southern Ontario Panel on Urbanization

The following papers and links to readings are recommended to consider a range of perspectives and ideas from sources selected by the organizing team. We recognize that you may have your own preferred or scholarly readings, thus here we provide summaries and syntheses, not lengthy primary sources to consider in support of the inquiry.

We appreciate and encourage suggestions of other relevant documents and invite you to participate in discussion regarding relevent readings. To suggest a reading, please create a new Comment and post a link to the source.

Themes and Focus Areas


  • McLuhan, M., & Fiore, Q. (2001b). War and peace in the global village (New ed.). Berkeley, CA: Gingko Press Incorporated.         
  • The Millennium Project. (2012). 2012 state of the future (executive ed.). Washington, DC: Glenn, J.C., Gordon, T.J., & Florescu, E.


  • Muresianu, J. (2011, March 31). Proceedings from the 7-week online discussion and poll following the hard problems in social science symposium. Proceedings of the Hard Problems in Social Science. Symposium conducted at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Results retrieved from (Hard Problems in Social Sciences)
  • Johnson, S. (2001). Emergence: The connected lives of ants, brain, cities, and software. New York: Scribner.
  • McLuhan, M. (1994). Understanding media: The extensions of man (2nd ed.). Cambridge, MA: The Massachusetts Institute Technology Press.
  • McLuhan, M., & Fiore, Q. (2001a). The medium is the massage: An inventory of effects (New ed.) Berkeley, CA: Gingko Press Incorporated.           



  • Dobbs, R., Remes, J., Manyika, J., Roxburgh, C., Smit, S., & Schaer, F. (2012, June). Urban world: Cities and the rise of the consuming class. Retrieved from McKinsey Global Institute website: (McKinsey Urban World Report (MGI))
  • Foreign Policy, A.T. Kearney, & Chicago Council. (2010). Global cities index 2010, Retrieved from
  • Homer-Dixon, T.F. (2001). The nature of economies (Vintage Canada ed.). Toronto: Vintage Canada.
  • Jacobs, J. (2001). The nature of economics (Vintage Canada ed.). Toronto: Vintage Canada.
  • Korsten, P., & Seider, C. (2010, January). The world’s 4 trillion dollar challenge. Somers, NY: IBM Corporation.
  • United Nations. (2010). State of the world’s cities 2010-2011: Bridging the urban divide. Blue Ridge Summit, PA: United Nations Publications. (

     Environmental Impacts


     Cultural / Intellectual

  • Cavell, R. (2003). McLuhan in space: A cultural geography. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press.
  • Rifkin, J. (2010). The empathic civilization: The race to global consciousness in a world in crisis. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.
  • Saunders, D. (2011). Arrival city: The final migration and our next world. Mississauga, ON: Vintage Canada. (


  • Alexander, C., Ishikawa, S., & Silverstein, M. (1977). A pattern language: Towns, buildings, construction. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Shaping Tomorrow Limited. (2012, March). Imagining Canada’s future – 2030 (draft). Bishops Wood, UK: Sheila Moorcroft.