Over the past eight weeks, the Star has featured 24 “hidden experts” as part of its search for the Big Ideas that can transform our city. It’s a series designed to upend some of our assumptions about leadership and expertise, and show that our neighbours and co-workers are often the best source of real know-how for keeping the city strong.
In the midst of a brutal winter, just six weeks after the lights had finally come back on, we sent out an unusual call to find Torontonians with a particular knack for city-fixing.
We had strange parameters: They couldn’t be recognized experts with a string of degrees or fancy jobs. Instead we were looking for “hidden experts” — people who have earned their expertise on the front lines or in the pursuit of an important cause, and are respected by their peers.