Vibrant Communities

Cities Deepening Community

Cities Deepening Community (CDC) is dedicated to developing our collective understanding about the power of citizens and supporting 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 make solutions a reality.

Sign up for the Cities Deepening Community Journal

The Journal is a free bi-monthly online magazine from Cities Deepening Community that offers the latest resources and articles on collaboration and neighbourhood development as well as information for all of our upcoming events.  

Sign up for the CDC Journal

 

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Featured Resources

Getting Started

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Cities Deepening Community Brochure

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

Deepening Community hosts a variety of dynamic webinars with leading thinkers and practitioners, produces an online bi-monthly publication, and has an resource library full of resources, articles and tools. Join your peers from across Canada to learn, share and network to build neighbourhoods.

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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 resilient communities. Tamarack is looking to partner with up to 5 communities each year to host local Deepening Community Projects. These projects invite a diverse group of local community leaders to work with us to design engaging conversations to engage a diversity of residents and leaders.

Taking It Further

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By Jessica Fisher

Jessica shares her insights about a recent BBQ she hosted as part of the Genwell Project, a project that encourages people to jump off the treadmill and step away from technology to reconnect with one another. And they make it easy to do so, by offering inspiration, incentives and tools for educators, businesses and individuals to run their own “Genwell events”.

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By Jessie Sutherland

Jessie explores the belonging lens and frames her insights around one question - what if, we used a “belonging lens” to look at our world and began to see our social problems as a compass leading us directly to the values and relationships that need strengthening?

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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Citizens and Emergency Preparedness Community of Practice

This CoP is made up of a group of peers committed to sharing and learning from one another to accelerate their collective understanding of the role of citizens and communities in preparing for emergencies; to enhance their practice; and, to share their knowledge and insights across the field. We will share our own experiences and draw upon the knowledge and expertise of a variety of thought-leaders in this field to enable us to deepen our understanding of this issue. We will also identify and post useful resources and stories to illustrate promising practices.

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Resident-Led Community Change Approaches

December 4, 2018 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

In this webinar, Jessie Sutherland will share insights from over 20 years of designing, facilitating and supporting resident-led community change processes nationally and internationally. Jessie will touch on the key components to success in resident-led community change initiatives, including sustainability strategies.

Join us as Jessie offers insights on how a belonging lens can transform our strategies, our relationships and our impact. 

Register