Save Your City: How toxic culture kills community & what to do about it


Praise for Save Your City

Save Your City is an absolute must-read for everyone involved in local government and engaged citizens. It combines the philosophy of Ancient Greece and Rome with the challenges of modern governance in an increasingly uncivil society where the notion of “love thy neighbour”, once anchored in biblical and secular culture, has been replaced in many boardrooms by a spirit of ‘what’s in it for me?’ I commend it to you.” – GEORGE B. CUFF, FCMC

“For the love of community, read Save Your City. You will be taken on a journey that awakens your heart and our collective hope for a sustainable future.” – SAM CHAISE, Christie Refugees Welcome Centre

Save Your City is an inspired and powerful must-read. Our democracy is in peril and this book delivers the right message, by the right person, at the right time.” – IRA BASEN, CBC Radio One

Toxic culture is eroding our sense of belonging, community and well-being. Our capacity to collaborate and innovate together is also being undermined by the rising incivility and divisiveness. 

We need each other to address the complex challenges facing our cities and communities – from the infrastructure deficit to climate change, homelessness, mental health and addiction issues. In order to thrive, our local democracies depend on our ability to revive the art of living and working well together. 

In this thought-provoking and inspiring book, Diane Kalen-Sukra empowers community leaders and citizens to be part of the solution. She demonstrates what’s involved by taking readers on a journey from Bullyville to Sustainaville, including an eye-opening visit to classical antiquity.

The successful journey includes a renaissance of civic values and civic education as vital to fostering the type of culture that can sustain us, our democracy and our planet.

This exclusive Municipal World edition includes:

  • a forward by George B. Cuff, author, management consultant, governance expert; and
  • Save Your City Workbook: for individual or group study and community action

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About Diane Kalen-Sukra

Diane Kalen-Sukra was born with the gift of encouragement and desire for everyone around her to thrive and meet their potential. Her core belief is that as social beings, we flourish in healthy sustainable communities, where good governance, servant leadership and compassionate culture support the well-being of all.

Over the past 25 years, this passion has taken Diane across the country in senior leadership roles to countless communities as a CBC Newsworld television producer, documentary producer, columnist/blogger, entrepreneur, community organizer, national representative of Canada’s largest public sector organizations, to multi-award-winning CAO in BC municipalities, with 15 years devoted to the municipal sector alone.

Today, Diane supports community leaders through her firm Kalen Consulting. She is an engaging and inspiring speaker, and a regular columnist with Municipal World. Her “civic academy” column covers everything from good governance and local democracy to sustainable community building, while she makes the case for greater civic education in society.

Diane is a graduate of University of Toronto’s Trinity College political science and philosophy specialist undergraduate program and holds a Master’s Degree from York University in political science. She has municipal law and administration training from the University of Victoria and is a Certified Municipal Clerk with the International Association of Municipal Clerks. Diane is a member of BC’s Local Government Management Association (LGMA) and the Government Finance Officers Association of BC (GFOABC).

ISBN: 978-1-926843-42-1

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