Vibrant Communities

Cities Deepening Community

Cities Deepening Community (CDC) 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 make solutions a reality.

Sign up for the Cities Deepening Community Journal

The 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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Cities Deepening Community Brochure

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

Deepening Community hosts a variety of dynamic webinars with leading thinkers and practitioners, produces an online bi-monthly publication, and has an resource library full of resources, articles and tools. Join your peers from across Canada to learn, share and network to build neighbourhoods.

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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 resilient communities. Tamarack is looking to partner with up to 5 communities each year to host local Deepening Community Projects. These projects invite a diverse group of local community leaders to work with us to design engaging conversations to engage a diversity of residents and leaders.

Taking It Further

two neighbourhood doorsWhat Makes Your Neighbourhood Work an Asset-Based Community Development Process? 

By Heather Keam

Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) is not a new concept. About 40 years ago, John McKnight and Jody Kretzmann, took a four-year learning journey, visiting twenty cities and talking to 2,000 people in neighbourhoods which culminated in the book Building Communities From the Inside Out: A Path Towards Finding and Mobilizing a Neighborhood’s Assets.

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By Heather Keam

I was introduced to Vivo’s evaluation strategy and learned how they use systematic observation to inform their data. Vivo is a charity on a mission to raise healthier generations in Calgary and beyond. Their roots are in north-central Calgary where they create local, evidence-based solutions to help individuals be healthier and more active at home, school, work and play.

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.

Deepening Community Book

Deepening Community

Finding Joy Together in Chaotic Times

Community shapes our identity, quenches our thirst for belonging, and bolsters our physical, mental, emotional, and economic health. In this thoughtful and moving book, Paul Born describes the four pillars of deep community: sharing our stories, taking the time to enjoy one another, taking care of one another, and working together for a better world. It’s up to us to create community. Born shows that the opportunity is right in front of us if we have the courage and conviction to pursue it.

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