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Posted: Fri May 27 2016
By: SFU Community E...
May 2-6 was the final week of the 2015/2016 SFU CED program and we ended with a bang! Students pitched their social impact ideas for a total prize pool of $20,000 for the Social Innovation Challenge, an exciting part of the SFU Certificate Program for Community Economic...
Darcy Penner's picture
Posted: Fri April 15 2016
By: Darcy Penner
Elections are noisy and cluttered affairs that can make it difficult for some of the most promising, Manitoba-made policy innovations to get the attention they deserve. One of these policies is the use of day-to-day government purchasing to provide job and training opportunities for people with...
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...

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