Now for something completely different! Recently, Paul has been taking podcast guests for ‘walk and talks’ where microphones are strapped on and we head on to the streets. Today’s guest, Denise Pinto, is the Global Director of Jane’s Walk, so a walking interview was the perfect way to learn more. It’s a little cold in Toronto, so we decided to meet in the PATH, the downtown pedestrian walkway.

Jane’s Walk helps organize free, locally organized walking tours where people get together to explore, talk about and celebrate their neighbourhoods. Where more traditional tours are a bit like walking lectures, a Jane’s Walk is more of a walking conversation. Leaders share their knowledge, but also encourage discussion and participation among the walkers.

Denise believes in city-building from the bottom up, creative collaborations and digital urbanism. At Jane’s Walk she oversees local and international programming, advocates for the use of walking as a platform for promoting connected communities, and directs the assessment of the project’s charitable impact. Denise has nearly a decade of experience of facilitation for a variety of clients across the private and not-for-profit sectors. She is adept at extracting insight through open dialogue, connecting disconnected ideas, prompting empathic and personal visions of city life and tackling wicked problems worth solving.

To learn more about Jane’s Walk, check out the website, Facebook page or on Twitter. You can follow Denise on Twitter @denisepinto.

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