Practices

Deepening Community

Deepening Community explores 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.

Learn more about the Deepening Community Learning Community or become a member today. 

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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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1,000 Conversations Final Report

By Derek Alton

In the fall of 2012, Tamarack embarked on a journey to explore the experience of community across Canada. This report highlights the significant insights generated from the 1,000 Conversations Campaign. These insights are drawn from the stories people shared and the resulting community conversations they generated.

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The Hamilton Neighbourhood Story

By Suzanne Brown

In this webinar, Suzanne Brown, Director of Neighbourhood and Community Initiatives with the City of Hamilton and Renee Wetselaar, Senior Social Planner with the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton, shared the story of the Hamilton Neighbourhood Action Strategy.

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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Local Deepening Community Initiative Community of Practice

The aim of this Local Deepening Community Intiatives Community of Practice (CoP) is to bring together committed individuals from North America who have a desire to work collaboratively and share learnings from their communities. Some of our members are interested in learning more about partnering with Tamarack to launch their own LDCI, while some already have one underway or completed. These meetings provide important tips, knowledge and support to all levels of engagement with these important initiatives.

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Join the Deepening Community Learning Community

Become part of a network of people who are partnering with Tamarack to explore the unique role that neighbours, neighbourhoods and communities play in creating positive futures. We invite you to subscribe to the Seekers Journal and also:

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