Episode 63: Robin Mazumder

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Description: In this colorful episode, Brock Armstrong interviews Robin Mazumder, who sheds some light on his life as a community builder dedicated to making his city a fun, vibrant, and socially inclusive place to live. His passion and expertise lies in using city building and urban design to encourage wellness for entire communities, particularly in the realm of mental health. He discusses the prevalence of Seasonal Affective Disorder, and how some creative engineering can brighten up a city, even in the darkest parts of the year. Robin also discusses the many ways each of us can take to the streets, right now, to create a happier, healthier community. You can learn more about his thoughts and projects at robinmazumder.com.

Show Notes:

  • How do you exercise outside when the sun’s not out? [02:48]
  • Emulating sunlight when there’s none to be found: the #lightbrightYEG project, The
  • Awesome Foundation, and Seasonal Affective Disorder. [05:08]
  • How community snowball fights are good for the soul. [11:01]
  • The benefits of Pop-up Bike Lanes. [17:56]
  • How to make a happier community. [22:54]
  • How can individuals make a positive difference in the big city? [23:55]
  • Copenhagen, The Human Scale YEG, and The Happy City by Charles Montgomery. [25:33]
  • “Make Something Edmonton” and the importance of communal creativity. [28:42]
  • You have more power than you may think. If you have an idea, just do it. [30:15]

Selected Links from the Episode:
Charles Montgomery, The Happy City
Make Something Edmonton
Robin Mazumder
The 102nd Avenue Pop-up Bike Lane
The Human Scale YEG
The Awesome Foundation
YEG Project

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