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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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Lending a Hand

Posted by Paul Born on January 15, 2020

Every week, for one year, you can relieve an inspirational message that often has very practical ideas for deepening community. 

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2019's Top 10 Reads in Cities Deepening Communities

Posted by Glenda Cooper on December 17, 2019

What a year 2019 has been! With all the news around the growing epidemic of loneliness, communities have been leaning into each other, seeking to foster social connection among residents and neighbours. This momentum has catalyzed a Deepening Community movement. Fifteen cities across Canada are leading this movement as founding members of our newly launched Cities Deepening Community membership. We have gleaned numerous insights from our members and our learning community over the course of the year.  There was so much great work that was done this year that we wanted to give you our top 10;

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Let It Snow

Posted by Paul Born on December 14, 2019

This famous holiday song brings back so many memories and instantly puts one into a joyful seasonal mood. How much has changed since the song was released in 1945? In the last few years the weather has been bringing up fear as thoughts of climate change permeate our thoughts. Happy holidays! That well-regarded greeting seems harder to share as we recognize the need for less excess – a simpler future.

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The Legacy of the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition

Posted by Lorna McCue on December 6, 2019

For twenty-seven years the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition (OHCC) supported Healthy Communities initiatives across Ontario and beyond. Following the loss of provincial funding in 2018, after careful consideration the OHCC Board of Directors concluded that the work of OHCC had largely been accomplished. On October 19, 2019, OHCC held it final Annual General Meeting at which members unanimously voted to dissolve the corporation and transfer OHCC’s remaining assets to Green Communities Foundation. While all were saddened by this decision, the mood of the event was very positive as members reflected on OHCC’s accomplishments and confirmed their ongoing commitment to Healthy Communities.

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Relearning to be a Citizen

Posted by Heather Keam on October 17, 2019

I am taking part in my first book club and we are reading John McKnight and Peter Block’s book, The Abundant Community, Awakening the Power of Families and Neighbourhoods. A few chapters in and I have gone from confusion to amazement in my thinking process. 

When we are born, we start our lives as citizens of our family and community, and slowly become consumers of products, services and systems that lead us to believe we are better off and safer. When we think like a system we tend to identify the problem by labeling a specific target - for example, the ‘youth problem’ - however, John and Peter point out that it is not the youth with the problem but the neighbourhood and community. 

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Where You Live Makes a Difference to Mental Health and Well-Being

Posted by Charito Gailling on October 10, 2019

The Mental Health and Well-being: Considerations for the Built Environment report offers evidence-based planning principles for health professionals and local governments and it explains how we can build neighbourhood spaces that promote mental health and well-being while mitigating unintentional negative impacts.

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