Community Archive

A Human Services Agency that’s in the Business of Healing

Merced County human services agency in California is alive with purpose, creativity and compassion

“I think one of the things that people miss is making a difference, is having a purpose in life,” says Ana Pagan. “So from day one when you walk in here we give you a purpose and you get acknowledged for that.”

Seeing a Spreading Pattern of Deep Democracy

What’s required for this to reach a critical mass?

In Israel in 2011 10,000 people walked away having experienced what’s possible when small groups explore what they can do together to create a brighter future.

Casapluma: The Power of Living Life with People to Improve their Lives

Community development that’s long-term, informal, unpredictable and alive

“I'm incredibly energized by the power of simple things,” Evangeline Hammond says. “ Soccer programs. Potlucks. Just sharing food.”

She’s not talking hypothetically. She's talking about the messy, hands-on, practical form of community development she and her roommates live every day, as the creators and residents of a community house called Casapluma.

Love the City Conference Gathers Faith and Secular Leaders to Combat Poverty

Making connections and pooling resources for a shared vision

How can we combat poverty and inequality in Calgary, right now? Spark. Equip. Connect.

'It Feels Like We’ve Sparked a Movement'

People are thirsting to be involved in Calgary’s new poverty reduction initiative, and creatively finding their own ways to do so

Earlier this month a priest, rabbi and imam joined together to share a message on addressing poverty in Calgary — but not through a charity model.

Stopping Ebola: Group Proposes Approach that’s Halted Past Outbreaks

Key is empowering local communities to lead the way in containing the virus, they say

Reports from the Democratic Republic of the Congo indicate that a recent Ebola outbreak has been stopped with comparably few deaths. In parts of West Africa, however, fear ­— and the disease ­— continue to rage. So what’s different in the Congo? Does it have a more robust health-care system than, for instance, Sierra Leone, where an outbreak shows no signs of slowing down?

Our Rutland: Raising the Bar on Public Engagement

A neighbourhood project in Kelowna shows what small communities can do

Smaller Canadian communities with limited budgets are using new tools and methods for public engagement — and raising the bar on what is possible.

A park improvement project underway in Kelowna, B.C., “Our Rutland,” is a good example.

ReThink London: A Year-Long Conversation on the Future of a City

Lessons from the most successful public engagement in Canadian municipal history

When the City of London, Ontario began a once-in-a-generation rewrite of its official plan two years ago, its planners set out to accomplish something few communities have imagined or tried. Putting the topic on the public’s lips in a year-long conversation, and emerging with a clear consensus on a shared vision.

The result was the most successful public engagement process in Canadian municipal history, full of lessons about what other cities can make possible.

Grassroots Collaborative Hosts Political Parties’ Forum on Healthy Aging and Care

Creating a new culture of aging in New Brunswick has to be a collective effort, collaborative recognizes

A Sept. 9 political parties’ forum on the topic of healthy aging and care in New Brunswick is another demonstration that a grassroots effort “gets it.” Neither government nor the “citizenry” is capable of achieving the degree of change the province requires in the coming years alone — the work has to be a collective effort.

MindMixer: Civic Engagement 24/7, in Your Pyjamas

Civic tech software is giving more citizens a voice in local decisions

Imagine that the citizens of your community can participate meaningfully in important local issues from the comfort of their own homes, at any time of day that’s convenient, without taking a lot of time.

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