Seven Calls to Action from FCM 2019

Seven Calls to Action from FCM 2019

In June, DIALOG presented The Walrus Talks Wellbeing at FCM 2019. If you’ve not heard of it, FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) is a large conference that brings together municipal mayors, councillors and city staff from regions across Canada. It’s huge, and a lot of important conversations take place over the four days.

Five of our DIALOG team attended. We took part in those conversations, met lots of great people, and shared the work we’ve been doing around community wellbeing.


Our participation at The Walrus Talks Wellbeing was the cherry-on-top of a great few days. DIALOG’s Antonio Gomez-Palacio was one of the presenters at Walrus Talks, and also perfectly summed up the plenary with some insightful closing remarks.

Other presenters included:

Brittany Andrew-Amofah, policy researcher, consultant, and media commentator

Dave Harvey, founder and executive director, Park People

Samantha Reusch, research and evaluations manager, Apathy is Boring

Chima Nkemdirim, vice-president of government relations, Shaw Communications

Ken Coates, Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation


Antonio left the audience with some homework – his “Seven Calls to Action”

So watch the video, get inspired, and embrace the call to action below. Whether you’re a city-builder, municipal leader, or designer, we can all benefit from embracing wellbeing.

  1. Go find a park (see, this is easy)
  2. Talk to people
  3. Find a “voice” you haven’t heard before
  4. Capture that person’s story
  5. Practice topophilia (and if you don’t know what that is, listen to Antonio’s closing remarks)
  6. Put wellbeing at the core of your decision making
  7. Go forth and host independent, complex, fact-based, necessary conversations! (Thanks Walrus!)

Walrus Talks Wellbeing | FCM 2019 | 60 minutes


Jump to what you want to see:

Antonio Gomez-Palacio’s presentation – 03:42

Closing remarks – 51:27

Seven Calls to action – 56:14 –


Our delegate team enjoyed meeting everyone at FCM. They’d love to continue the conversation. Click to connect!

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