Vibrant Communities

Cities Deepening Community

Cities Deepening Community is dedicated to developing our collective understanding about the power of citizens and supporting programs, policies and practices that strengthen communities and neighbourhoods and mobilize citizen leadership to enhance social capital.

We are discovering the power of community as an essential driver of effective community change and compiling a body of knowledge – including research, tools and practices – that make the work of creating strong communities and neighbourhoods easier and more effective. We are inspired by Meg Wheatley’s wise words: “Whatever the problem, community is the answer.”

The Deepening Community learning community is a network of people who are partnering with Tamarack to explore the unique role that neighbours, neighbourhoods and communities play in creating positive futures.

Community well-being is the result of a complex interplay of social, cultural, economic and environmental factors that is beyond the influence of any one individual, organization or level of government alone. The most creative and lasting solutions to enhance community well-being depend upon citizens, government, and a diversity of organizations that unite around a common vision—a vision to work in collaboration on initiatives that makes solutions a reality.

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The Neighbours Journal is a free bi-monthly online magazine from Cities Deepening Community that offers the latest resources and articles on collaboration and neighbourhood development as well as information for all of our upcoming events.  

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Featured Resources

Getting Started

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Local Deepening Community Initiatives: A Tamarack Partnership Opportunity

Local Deepening Community Initiatives have been shown to galvanize untapped community resources; create opportunities to nurture relationships across communities; and, strengthen the social connections that are essential to sustain dynamic neighbourhoods and reslient communities.   - See more at: http://deepeningcommunity.ca/blogs/sylvia-cheuy/local-deepening-community-initiatives-tamarack-partnership-opportunity#sthash.qNAWQMrN.dpuf
Local Deepening Community Initiatives have been shown to galvanize untapped community resources; create opportunities to nurture relationships across communities; and, strengthen the social connections that are essential to sustain dynamic neighbourhoods and reslient communities.   - See more at: http://deepeningcommunity.ca/blogs/sylvia-cheuy/local-deepening-community-initiatives-tamarack-partnership-opportunity#sthash.qNAWQMrN.dpuf

By Deepening Community

Local Deepening Community Initiatives have been shown to galvanize untapped community resources, create opportunities to nurture relationships across communities, and strengthen the social connections that are essential to sustain dynamic neighbourhoods and reslient communities. Tamarack wants to partner with up to five communities each year who are interested in joining us to host local Deepening Community Projects.  These projects invite a diverse group of Local community leaders to work with us to design a highly engaging set of conversations to engage a diversity of residents and leaders.

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Action for Neighbourhood Change: A Guide for Neighbourhood Planning

By Tamarack Institute

Working with local residents, not-for-profit agencies and public and private sector partners, Action for Neighbourhood Change combines local resources in new ways to develop creative, locally-based solutions for sustainable community development and neighbourhood revitalization.

Action for Neighbourhood Change took place between 2005-2007 in Surrey, Regina, Thunder Bay, Toronto and Halifax. This is one of a series of tools Tamarack has developed to aid communities during the key stages in the development of the ANC project. Tools are based on Tamarack’s experience and have been shaped and modified by communities to ensure they remain relevant to the local experience.

Taking It Further

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How to Get Things Done in Your Community

By Eva Nemela

Paul Born got a chance to lead a workshop in Berlin, on community conservations, with Engagierte Stadt team members, in May. Read about his interview with Eva Nemela, a Director at Engagierte Stadt, on how you can easily start changing your own community.

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By Kendra Willard

With an ABCD approach, we know to do things together, not alone; we know assets are there, even if they seem hidden. Learn how we can work with youths to deepen community.

Communities of Practice

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Neighbourhood Strategy Leaders Community of Practice

This group of neighbourhood leaders is mobilizing a growing number of leaders who are advancing neighbourhood strategies in their municipalities. Together we share resources and experiences that are advancing comprehensive approaches for creating strong neighbourhoods.

 

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Citizens and Emergency Preparedness Community of Practice

This CoP is made up of a group of peers committed to sharing and learning from one another to accelerate their collective understanding of the role of citizens and communities in preparing for emergencies; to enhance their practice; and, to share their knowledge and insights across the field. We will share our own experiences and draw upon the knowledge and expertise of a variety of thought-leaders in this field to enable us to deepen our understanding of this issue. We will also identify and post useful resources and stories to illustrate promising practices.

Cities Innovating to Reduce Poverty

Deepening Community for Collective Impact

Sarnia, ON | September 27

In this one day workshop learn how to engage and deepen your community in order to build a common agenda for large scale change. Paul Born will share not only the fundamental principles of Collective Impact, he will provide key insights as one of North America’s top Community Engagement leaders on how Deepening Community can sustain us as leaders and produce the outcomes we so desire.

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