Ecocities beyond the “eco”
Building cities has traditionally meant altering or destroying the natural environment, but it doesn’t have to be like that. Cities along the Cascadia Corridor, like Vancouver, British Columbia, are setting a new standard in which people and nature can coexist, proving to have a beneficial relationship. We hear from Christina Olsen from the BCIT Centre for Ecocities about her vision for healthy urban centres, and from international rivers expert and founder of World Rivers Day, Mark Angelo, about why it’s vital to protect and restore the natural features within our urban limits.
Fireweed: Stories of resilience and adaptability
During a period of profound adjustment in the way we work, learn, and socialize, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) sets out to inspire with stories of resilience and adaptability on Fireweed. Fireweed is BCIT’s first-ever podcast series that shares stories about people who have preserved in the face of disruption and re-written their story.
After the devastation of a forest fire, the first plant to grow back is fireweed. A vibrant wildflower from the Pacific Northwest, fireweed symbolizes hope, resilience, and adaptability—things we could all use a little more of right now.
Adaptability is now seen as the critical skill by leading employers across the country. But the trick is: we need to adapt in the right ways. Ways that will help us move forward, together. Through Fireweed, BCIT is connecting education and industry to power resilience, foster hope, and strengthen adaptability.
Stories and guests on Fireweed
Listeners will follow host and BCIT Broadcast and Online Journalism alumna Maria Vinca through conversations with thought leaders and experts from throughout the Cascadia Corridor and beyond. Meet academics, industry leaders, and people from business and tech who are working to create resilient systems—all built to handle change. Compelling and personal stories from people with vastly different experiences who have demonstrated their ability to grow and adapt to whatever challenges life throws at them and—like fireweed—come back stronger than ever.
That’s why this diverse and inter-generational podcast, brought to you by BCIT, tells stories that embody our never-ending human potential to adapt to change.