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An Overview of Community Innovation Trends - Part One: Design-Based Approaches

Posted by Galen MacLusky in June 2018

In 'An Overview of Community Innovation Trends', Galen MacLusky identifies some of the most prominent Community Innovation trends, the value of these approaches for community changemakers, and how to further your learning in this area. Not only does this paper provide a detailed look at the current landscape, but it also provides a thorough outline of resources and outlets that will help you jumpstart your practice of Community Innovation.

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Cities Deepening Community Quarterly Policy Digest: June 2018

Posted by Adam Vasey on June 20, 2018

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Cities Deepening Community Policy Digest. The Digest provides timely policy updates from across Canada that support the work of cities deepening community.

National Policy Updates:

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Evolving Churches in Today’s Changing Society

Posted by Katja Brittain on June 19, 2018

“Decide what the box is in your church community and begin try to think outside of it.  We need to understand our context much better before we can understand how the church needs to be different.”

This is how a member of a church congregation reflected on a day-long trip to various churches in and around Toronto this winter. Together with more than 40 other members from two congregations in Kitchener, the group learned how others have either repurposed their building or even redeveloped their entire property in order to make a difference in their communities.

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Embracing Migration by Ending Poverty and Deepening Community

Posted by Paul Born on June 15, 2018

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending the annual conference for our partners, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and presenting as part of their closing plenary. I was asked to share my vision for Canada in 2040. This gave me the chance to reflect on what Canada could look like if we steer our collective capacity toward eradicating poverty and deepening community as we embrace newcomers to Canada.

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Talking Friendly Streets: A Community Engagement Project

Posted by Beatrice Ekoko on June 6, 2018
I can appreciate the countryside but for me, the city is where it’s at baby--best invention ever! Great cities are bustling, densely populated, diverse and exhilarating. The movement of people within a great city is a priority, and so a great city takes very seriously its transportation networks which include, of course, its streets for walking and biking and getting around sans automobile. The point is, great cities do not prioritize vehicles; they do put people first.
 
Sadly, this is not the case in my city of Hamilton, Ontario.
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The ABCD Workshop – What we Learned and What's to Come

Posted by Heather Keam on May 23, 2018

From April 17-19 Cities Deepening Community held an Asset-Based Community Development workshop in Kitchener, Ontario with John McKnight, Cormac Russell, Donna Thomson and almost 200 community changemakers. You can imagine there was a lot of learning to absorb! We have done our best to sum up our primary aha's! into a few takeaways.

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(Dis)ability and “Enough Already”

Posted by Angela Pollack on May 9, 2018

Since attending the recent asset-based community development (ABCD) event in Kitchener, I have begun to think that I may have gotten something about community development fundamentally wrong by thinking of the term 'community' almost exclusively as a noun.

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