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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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10 Things to Know About Poverty Measurement in Canada

Posted by Nick Falvo on November 8, 2019

This article was originally published at nickfalvo.ca

On October 29, I gave a guest presentation to Professor Filipe Duarte’s master’s seminar class at the University of Windsor. The topic of my presentation was poverty measurement in Canada.

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The End of Poverty

Posted by James Hughes on October 22, 2019

What an audacious title - The End of Poverty. Everyone in this audience has given remarks on reducing poverty in Canada, poverty alleviation, the costs of poverty, strategies to address poverty and, of course, what is poverty? But the End of Poverty? As in actually ending it. Jeffrey Sachs wrote about it on an international level but I’ve never done it before. And I probably never would, NOT because I don’t yearn for it – like you – but because I’m somewhat more cautious than Paul Born, optimist extraordinaire, who told me to go for it. He told me, find the optimist within you; cast aside the cautious former civil servant and nonprofit manager, and reveal the path that ends poverty. My remarks today are the product of a reflection on the best case forward. Not the expected case or the worst case – the best case. We could all talk ourselves into one of these less ambitious roads but why not consider what could be the dream scenario. Before doing so - knock on wood, twist your ring, blink three times or do whatever you do so we don’t jinx this whole thing.

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How Much Time Does it Take?

Posted by Natasha Pei on October 15, 2019

How much time does it take to create a poverty reduction strategy? There is no good answer to this question. However, one of the most common drawbacks we hear from Cities Reducing Poverty members is the unexpected amount of time it takes to create and launch a strategy.  

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Who are the ‘1 in 10’ Experiencing Poverty in Edmonton?

Posted by End Poverty Edmonton on September 19, 2019

A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton (2019) was produced through a partnership betweenEdmonton Social Planning Council and EndPovertyEdmonton. The report provides community, support agencies and government an important understanding of what poverty in our city looks like. It also draws attention to the socioeconomic factors that cause it.

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The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty: What Can You Do?

Posted by Natasha Pei on September 9, 2019

Each year, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty falls on the 17th of October. Declared by the United Nations in 1992, this date provides a shared moment each year – across the country and around the world – to:

  1. Commemorate victims of poverty, violence and hunger
  2. Reaffirm that poverty is a violation of human rights
  3. Re-commit to coming together to ensure the right to live free from poverty is respected
  4. Acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty
  5. Celebrate the willingness of people living in poverty to fight poverty and contribute their expertise to ending it
  6. Promote concrete activities around the eradication of poverty
  7. Organize activities for the observance of October 17th.

Source: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs - Poverty

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Six ideas on Designing Advisory Councils for the Participation of Experts with Lived/Living Experience

Posted by Bee Lee Soh on September 5, 2019

“Lived/living experience” — sound familiar? It’s a word on everyone’s lips, a common word we hear everywhere nowadays. In fact, I have noticed it has become much more common, perhaps even a trend in governments and non-profit organizations to include experts with lived/living experience in their work. So you may wonder — what is so special about these experts with lived/living experience?

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