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Reflecting on the Success of Chicago’s New Communities Program and Its Legacy Through Community Organizations Across Chicago

Posted by Joel Bookman on October 13, 2021

It has now been over 20 years since the New Communities Program (NCP), the United States’ largest comprehensive community initiative began. Founded in Chicago by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation in collaboration with over 20 community development partners and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the New Communities Program took a comprehensive approach to development, incorporating lessons learned from the community development corporation crisis in Chicago in the mid ’90s.

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Conversations with Quebec

Posted by Myriam Bérubé on July 8, 2021

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What are Quebec actors saying to Tamarack? My conversations with over 25 organizations in Quebec (between May and June 2021) have revealed the path forward, both in sharing Quebec's experiences in community development elsewhere in Canada and growing and nurturing Tamarack's learning community in Quebec.

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Block Connector programs: Learning from our members

Posted by Christine Hadekel on March 19, 2021

Have you ever needed to borrow a cup of sugar? Or wanted advice about your garden? Or needed someone to house sit while you were away? For these situations and so many others, your neighbours might your answer!

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Forging Deeper Connections to Community by Shifting Power Dynamics

Posted by Abigail Goodwin on December 7, 2020

Six years ago, Palm Health Foundation made a risky decision. Dissatisfied with the short-term gains of responsive grantmaking, the foundation launched the Healthier Together initiative in an effort to forge a deeper connection to community through the social determinants of health. With no roadmap to follow, the foundation granted $1 million to six communities and asked residents to lead the way in creating lasting, systemic, transformative change. 

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Exploring Deepening Community in Atlantic Canada

Posted by Dan Ritchie on November 25, 2020

Hi, I’m Dan Ritchie, the newest member of the Cities Deepening Community team. As a Manager of Cities, I will support members who want to develop neighbourhood plans. Joining the Tamarack Institute at the beginning of November has been an exciting experience for me, especially during this period of great uncertainty.

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It takes a mindshift to put citizens at the center of your work

Posted by Heather Keam on November 12, 2020

Have you ever thought about whose role is it to build community? Whose role is it to fix the problems? Is it government, maybe social service programs? Is it groups and associations? Sometimes, I think that communities are looking for a superhero to swoop in and fix all their problems. But this superhero does not exist. What we need is a group of superheroes such as Marvel's Avengers, with each hero bringing their own gift and knowledge, and when its used as a group big changes can happen.

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