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Taking Matters to A Small Hand

Posted by Nicolas DeRincon on October 14, 2020

As part of Communities Building Youth Future’s commitment to youth engagement, we aim to build meaningful opportunities to engage young people - we believe that we can learn a lot from youth. We believe that youth perspectives, beliefs, and visions for the future should shape our work and we want to share these with changemakers across the country. The following blog showcases the voice of youth with lived/living experience. 

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How Safe Is It to Participate?

Posted by Max Hardy on October 7, 2020

Something we don’t discuss much is the importance of the ‘do no harm’ principle when engaging the community (especially relevant now with the COVID-19 pandemic). Anthony Boxshall and I identified ‘people feeling unsafe’ as one of the key challenges to co-design. We rely on bringing together a diverse community of interest, but what do you do if alternative views are not welcome, or indeed people fear the consequences of participating and expressing unpopular or inconvenient points of view? This can be even more challenging than just ensuring physical distancing at this time

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10 Ideas for a Community-Based COVID-19 Recovery

Posted by Lisa Attygalle on September 3, 2020

As cities respond and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an opportunity to build back better—to centre recovery efforts on improving the outcomes for our most vulnerable citizens, our civic life, and our planet.

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Communities Building Youth Futures – Update on the National Work

Posted by Nathalie Blanchet on August 13, 2020

At the local level of the Communities Building Youth Futures (CBYF) initiative, our CBYF communities are beginning to build their Common Agenda and identifying collective impact strategies for supporting their youth to ensure successful transition from high school.

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A Gut Check on Youth Voice

Posted by Lisa Attygalle on August 11, 2020

How do we write in a way that is appealing to youth? How do we get them to pay attention?  

As much as I think we can all learn a lot to make our writing more accessible, I think first, we need a gut check on who’s doing the writing anyway. 

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Harnessing Stories for Shared Wisdom & Community Action in Palm Beach

Posted by Sylvia Cheuy on July 13, 2020

I have long been curious about the different roles that stories and narratives can play in the work of community change. I have seen how one individual story, powerfully told, has the power to instantly engage people and offer clarity and understanding of a complex issue in ways that well-researched data and analysis alone cannot accomplish.

I  know that communities, like individuals, have stories about themselves that can both limit and inspire their hopes for the future. These community narratives – about who we are; how things go; what’s possible for us here – shape collective thinking and can play a role in determining the future. Uncovering current shared community narratives and inviting community members to co-create new, compelling narratives that are rooted in their shared hopes for the future can be a powerful lever for community change.

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