Anthony (Tony) Lamport has worked and studied in Nova Scotia for almost 50 years in the areas of social action, environmental planning, community development and applied economics. In a 25 year career with the Nova Scotia civil service he began with probably the most popular program in provincial government history, the Nova Scotia Mainstreet Program where he had a chance to be involved with the local efforts of over 60 communities across the province to thrive and prosper. He finished as senior advisor to the government on sustainable growth working with circular economy and sustainable prosperity. In between was experience in economic policy making and development in almost every area of the economy. He is the author of a book about Nova Scotia’s history of unique citizen engagement entitled Common Ground and sits on the boards of Imagine Bloomfield and the Halifax Tool Library. His commitment to learning from Nova Scotia’s future is unwavering.