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Disruptive Times Require Skilled Changemakers

Posted by Liz Weaver in February 2019

In this paper, Liz Weaver describes three elements that every changemaker needs when approaching complex challenges - a mindset shift, an agile and adaptable approach, and knowledge and skills in each of the five interconnected practice areas.

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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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(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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Art, Science and Community Connections

Posted by Vickie Cammack on February 17, 2017

Our connectedness to one and other is often what is best about being human.

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Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

Posted by Al Etmanski on February 6, 2017

The family arm of the disability movement that I belong to seems to be getting older. The average age of the people at the meetings or conferences I attend is getting higher. There is a certain nostalgia in our deliberations.

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The ‘Crown’ of Lobbying

Posted by Al Etmanski on January 19, 2017

People who are members of disability royalty, and that include staff, funders, policy makers as well as individuals, families, and friends, are by definition in it for the long haul. Their lobbying, petitioning and advocacy will continue for a lifetime. Chances are they will be engaged with the same people and the same departments more than once or twice. That makes it even more important to pay attention to their individual and collective reputation.

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If It Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix It

Posted by Al Etmanski on December 19, 2016

“My name is Liz and I have Down syndrome.”

She strode onto the stage without notes, without preparation, and seemingly without a care.

A hundred pairs of eyes were anticipating her spoken word poetry performance.

A recipe for disaster.

A disaster that I had tried to prevent from the moment she was born.

It was the scene of my undoing.

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