In this episode, I connect with
Cam Perkins, founder of
Urban Pirates out of New Zealand

We discuss how he and his team are working to transform streets and public spaces into viable and vibrant places for people through quick actions.

In this episode, we head back Down Under to chat with the head Urban Pirate himself, Cam Perkins, in Auckland, NZ. Learn how he and his team are working to transform streets and public spaces into viable and vibrant places for people.

Included in this episode is a conversation about engaging children in the design of our cities, employing tactical urbanism techniques to move transformation forward faster, and how to scale up our initiatives beyond the city and state levels and go big… go global.

Thank you so much for tuning in! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with a friend and be sure to subscribe to the Podcast on YouTube and your preferred listening platform, and don’t forget to check out the Active Towns Channel for more content.

Helpful Links (note that some may include affiliate links to help me support the channel):
– Urban Pirates NZ website
– Episode 118 w/ Kathryn King – Streets For People

Books Recommended:
– Ian Leslie, Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It via Amazon or the Active Towns Bookshop
– Ian Leslie Conflicted: How Productive Disagreements Lead to Better Outcomes via Amazon or the Active Towns Bookshop

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– Video and audio production by John Simmerman
– Music via Epidemic Sound

Resources used during the production of this video:
– My recording platform is Ecamm Live
– Editing software Adobe Creative Cloud Suite
– Equipment: Contact me for a complete list

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Hi Everyone! My name is John Simmerman, and I’m a health promotion and public health professional with over 30 years of experience. Over the years, my area of concentration has evolved into a specialization in how the built environment influences human behavior related to active living and especially active mobility.

Since 2010,  I’ve been exploring, documenting, and profiling established, emerging, and aspiring Active Towns wherever they might be while striving to produce high-quality multimedia content to help inspire the creation of more safe and inviting, environments that promote a “Culture of Activity” for “All Ages & Abilities.”

The Active Towns Channel features my original video content and reflections, including a selection of podcast episodes and short films profiling the positive and inspiring efforts happening around the world as I am able to experience and document them.

Thanks once again for tuning in! I hope you find this content helpful and insightful.

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