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Ready Set Go: Building Readiness for Collaborative and Community Impact

Posted by Liz Weaver in March 2018

Achieving success is not about wishing for the best future but being prepared to do the difficult work of getting ready. Ready, Set, Go is designed to help community change practitioners to set into place all the conditions required to move from idea to execution to impact.

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Lessons from Toronto Foundation's Vital Signs Report: Towards a More Just City

Posted by Justin Williams on March 13, 2018

The Toronto Foundation, a community foundation focused on pooling philanthropic resources to maximize community impact, released their 2017/18 vital signs report this month. This year’s report, Towards a More Just City, uses an equity lens to reveal the ways that quality of life can be impacted by neighbourhood, income, race, immigration status, gender, sexual identity and age in Toronto. The Toronto Foundation hopes that the equity lens, and the concerns that it highlights, provide a useful roadmap for government, the philanthropic sector, private sector and individual citizens to remove systemic barriers facing some populations in Toronto from full participation in the city.

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Cormac Russell Tells the Story of John McKnight and ABCD

Posted by Paul Born on February 15, 2018

Asset Based Community Development (ABCD): Looking Back to Look Forward - In conversation with John McKnight about the intellectual and practical heritage of ABCD and its place in the world today, by Cormac Russell, tells the story behind ABCD. When I say "behind", I mean it provides us an intimate reflection on the people that most influenced John and the ground-breaking ideas that formed his thinking.

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Three Pillars for Action: Waterloo's Proposed Neighbourhood Strategy

Posted by Natasha Pei on February 12, 2018

On January 16, 2018, Waterloo's City Council unanimously approved the proposed neighbourhood strategy, and have given the go-ahead to pursue feedback from the community.

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Neighbourhood Development is about Collaboration

Posted by Heather Keam on February 12, 2018

I was reading a 2015 article called Deepening Community, Realizing the Potential of Citizen Leadership by Sylvia Cheuy, Director of Engagement at Tamarack.  The article talks about community wellbeing and collaboration - how change requires organizations, groups, governments and citizens to work together. No one sector working alone can effectively address complex community issues.  Building neighbourhoods is about strengthening relationships, trust and sharing their unique skills, knowledge and perspectives to work towards shared action.

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Eight Touchstones to Asset-Based Community Development

Posted by Heather Keam on February 12, 2018

“A gift is not a gift until it is received” - Cormac Russell

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A Light in the Window

Posted by Liz Weaver on January 19, 2018

In the deep darkness of a winter night, there are lights in windows of homes across Copenhagen. 

These lights are welcoming beacons, warming the coldness of winter and creating light in the darkness.  This is only one action of many that create ‘lykke’ or a level of happiness that has Denmark leading the United Nations annual happiness index.   


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