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Richard Dilay's picture
Posted: Thu March 31 2016
By: Richard Dilay
In 2015, Neighbourhoods Alive! (NA!) celebrated its fifteenth year of operation. After 15 years of operation, it might be a fair question to ask “What has been the impact of NA!, to date?”,  and whether NA! communities are being revitalized. NA! contracted independent Community Impact Evaluations...
Kate Swade's picture
Posted: Thu March 17 2016
By: Kate Swade
Systems thinking can seem complex and inaccessible but even the smallest group of people working towards change can learn from it. Kate Swade sets out five ways to use it. Google ‘systems change’ and you get almost 1.5bn results. Do the same with ‘systems thinking’ and you get almost 23...
Ariana McBride's picture
Posted: Mon February 29 2016
By: Ariana McBride
Cities and towns of all sizes struggle with how to involve the most representative sample of their population in their community design efforts.  My first post in this series highlighted general tips on how to increase public participation in planning and design. This post specifies practical ways...
William Pardy's picture
Posted: Tue February 16 2016
By: William Pardy
Community is more than the sum parts of physical infrastructure, much more than the social environment in which people live and fundamentally more than the services which people have come to expect.  Community is the primarily intangible environment where people co-exist, raise families and...
Axiom News's picture
Posted: Fri February 5 2016
By: Axiom News
A place on the Masset Village shoreline that resident Joan Ewson took the lead in getting cleaned up several weeks ago is still litter-free. She’s so energized by this and how it happened that she’s about ready to tackle the rest of the shoreline. In the meantime, her success is being...
Darcy Penner's picture
Posted: Thu January 28 2016
By: Darcy Penner
2016 is shaping up to be an exciting year for social enterprise in Manitoba. The latest development was announced last week: the Manitoba government has committed to supporting employment-focused social enterprises through the development of a $10 M loan fund, as well as developing a government-...
Community Wealth's picture
Posted: Wed January 6 2016
By: Community Wealth
A municipal strategy to reduce urban poverty addresses the roots of inequality Like many major metropolitan areas in the United States, Toronto is experiencing fast-paced growth. Canada's finance and business capital has more cranes in the sky than New York City—with nearly 50 percent more high-...
Darcy Penner's picture
Posted: Wed December 16 2015
By: Darcy Penner
Poverty reduction has no silver bullet. Nor should we expect one. The exhausting and overwhelming work of reducing poverty must take a comprehensive, long-term approach that is led by the communities in need. These communities, who struggle against poverty and social exclusion every day, have...
Ryan Coonerty's picture
Posted: Fri December 11 2015
By: Ryan Coonerty
Serving as mayor provides one with an array of opportunities to demean oneself on a regular basis—funny hats and dunk tanks tend to be involved. However, for me, and for most of the mayors I know, the lowest moments occur in the grandest corporate offices during economic development 'recruitment'...
Accelerating Social Impact CCC's picture
Posted: Wed December 2 2015
By: Accelerating So...
I admit that I have been on both sides of the debate about the definition of social enterprise: sometimes staunchly defending it as critical and essential, and at others times avoiding it as not pertinent and a waste of our time. But now I realize it is important that we do define social...

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