Posts bySarah Arthurs

Cohousing : The Legacy of a Danish Social Entrepreneur

What really makes sense for people in late twentieth century, western industrialized societies?

The man who started cohousing in Denmark, and therefore the man who started cohousing, Jan Gudmand-Høyerdied a few days ago at 81 years old. In 1964 Jan gathered together friends and acquaintances to talk about housing. He asked them to imagine a lifestyle and a place that did not yet exist, a place that could suit the needs of ordinary citizens, an intentional place that was different from what mom and pop, or grandma and grandpa had created for themselves. “What really makes sense for people in late twentieth century, western industrialized societies?” was his query.
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Hanging on to the horror – Building the hope

Blog- therapy for Post Traumatic Trump Disorder

One of the places I get solace and guidance as I react to Trump’s presidency are Op Eds. They offer some perspective, analysis and counsel about how to hang out with this new, most unwelcome reality.

A recent piece suggested not wasting energy on the OMGs, the shock, the horror, the disbelief and anger, the trying to understand or catastrophizing. But instead to respond and react to the actual policy changes and governance decisions implementing the rhetoric and intentions of the tweets and executive orders.
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From abundance to scarcity

The Blanket exercise provokes reflection on Indigenous and non Indigenous relations

Church goers at Hillhurst United Church experienced a different kind of service on Feb. 19 when they participated in the Blanket Exercise — a teaching tool that shares the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Developed by KAIROS in response to the report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples,
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Launch Event: Week of Interfaith Harmony

With Guest Mayor Naheed Nenshi

Interfaith Harmony week began with the gift of words at the launch on February 1 at City Hall. There were prayers from diverse traditions, a stirring call to action from our Mayor and, surprising himself, Constable Gary Woods had us all praying the Prayer of St. Francis. Over the next week NewScoop will be posting some short video clips from that event.
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Walls or Bridges, Executive Orders or Invitations, Terror or Hospitality

We begin a new week trembling a bit from recent shock waves. Some of which are coming from Donald Trump, as he acts on his promises to build walls of all kind . . . between countries, between genders, between ethno-cultural groups and between treaty partners. He is carving an ever smaller global community into fearful enclaves of them and us.
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Conversations for the Common Good: The Neighbourhood Edition

Asset Based, Place and Neighbour Friendly Approaches to support Vibrant Neighbourhoods and Resilient Citizens

e are pleased to host Howard Lawrence and Anna Bubel from Edmonton to share their work with The Edmonton Community Development Corporation, The 1000 Families Project and The Abundant Communities Initiative in three workshops on February 10 and 11. Neighbourhood Edition:  Section A – Introducing The Edmonton Community Development Corporation, The 1000 Families Project and
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Feast for the Common Good

Join us for a weekend of community-building through food and conversation! Feast for the Common Good and Refugia Retreats are partnering to offer a weekend event on personal and collective action. Please note, space is limited: pre-registration is required.

When: Three-course vegetarian meal on Friday February 3rd 6:30 – 9:30 PM followed by a Work That Reconnects workshop on Saturday February 4th 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (can attend both days or Friday only)
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Remembering Paul Wilkinson

Guest Blog from John Pentland, Minister Hillhurst United Church

NewScoop YYC is pleased to share this guest blog from John Pentland, Minister of Hillhurst United Church . oday Hillhurst heard the sad news of Paul Wilkinson’s death. Many would know him as “Smokey”. He was a constant figure around Hillhurst for six or seven years. He sat in our pews, he ate lunch in
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Holy Smokes, Is All of Calgary Here?

Elders Teaching Hosted by Vibrant Communities Calgary and St Mary's University

This wonderful comment by Wilf McDougal captured the spirit of the recent Elders Teaching event hosted by Vibrant Communities Calgary and St Mary’s University. Everyone was surprised by the number and diversity of people who took advantage of the opportunity to listen with friends and strangers to stories and teaching from Elders from Treaty 7
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1000 Families

Building the Assets of People and Communities

There are families in Alberta living on $22,000/year. Anyone who buys groceries knows that $22,000 doesn’t go far. According to Statistics Canada, the poverty line – also known as the low-income cut-off (or “LICO”) – is a family income of $44,000/year. A family of four living below the LICO devotes a larger share of its
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We have on this earth what makes life worth living

Our visit to the Syrian Refugee Christmas Party at the FCJ Retreat and Renewal Center on Saturday December 17 began with videos from Aleppo. NewScoop YYC videographer, Barb Briggs, watching videos of people fleeing Aleppo, was moved to tears by what she saw. She felt powerlessness at seeing such trauma from so far away and asked, “Is there anything that I can do?”
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Do You Know Where Your Money is?

Or New Frontiers for Local Investing!

Do you know where your money is? Most of us don’t, and if we did, we might be dismayed to find that it’s invested in the very companies we avoid like the plague. Or at the very least, we sometimes roll over in the middle of the night, when our money hasn’t come home yet and wonder . . .in which country is it hanging out? Doing what?
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What do the Dalai Lama and Pamela Beebe have in common?

 They are both advocates of kindness.

In my pocket, like a polished stone, I carry around this saying from the Dalai Lama, “Be kind whenever possible and it is always possible.”

Pamela Beebe, with Vibrant Communities Calgary and from the Kainai Nation, also shares and collects the polished stone of kindness. The harsh rubbing of racism and poverty and the more gentle touch of hope have polished her call to kindness.
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From Empty Classrooms to Bold Ideas

The United Church of Canada Embraces Innovation

The basements of United Churches tell a chapter of the social history of Canada. Whenever I have occasion to spend time in them, I am struck by their size; the labyrinth of classrooms and the always-present high-ceilinged, usually cold, gym. There was a time when United Churches ruled the world – the social world of Canada – so to speak. They were the backbones of communities socially and spiritually, and quite often the “recreation centre” for youth.

In 2016, the leadership of the United Church of Canada (UCC) has embarked on a journey of culture change. The Embracing the Spirit initiative is intent on “inspiring its members and congregations to try something different and embrace change, so that they can be hopeful about the future,” cited Carla Leon, with Embracing the Spirit.
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International Journalism Cooperatives, Unite!

A world co-operative network intends to gather press co-operatives from around the world! The day before the closure of the International Summit of Co-operatives 2016, a group of journalists working within co-operatives of press established in Canada, Portugal and France, decided to link their efforts to promote the co-operative values in the world.
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Thrive wants you!

Are you passionate about a sustainable local economy in Calgary?
Do you care about equality and social justice?
Then Thrive is the place for you. Thrive is a network of local economy leaders, neighbourhood champions, and entrepreneurs who work collectively to advance their vision of a thriving, resilient and inclusive economy for all. They seek long-term sustainable solutions that transform the economic well-being of all Calgarians.
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Reading the Community Tea Leaves

Seeing the Future of a Successful Business District: Community and Commerce

Did you know the Kensington Business District was the location of one of the highest participation events in the launch of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, the latest from the Land of Harry Potter? There were Harrys, Hermiones and Dumbledores taking over the streets of Kensington as they lined up to get the new book from Pages bookstore.
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Are We There Yet?

How will we know we have left the consumer culture?

In a recent interview with John McKnight in preparation for the An Other Kingdom Event on September 12, he reminisced about road trips with his parents. The children were persistently inquiring, “Are we there yet?” And a few minutes later for the parents, after what seemed an eternity for the children, inquiring again, “Are we there yet?”
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The Sky is Falling and it is Blue Blue Blue!

A Blog inspired by Calgary Folk Fest

Hmm . . . A pause . . . I am usually fairly removed from the craziness of world events. For better or worse, I am pretty well anchored in my own small world with its’ limited radar scope for incoming of whatever kind. But I must say, of late it does feel a bit like the sky is falling.
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Anarchist Bakers Hit Calgary!

Sourdough Pizza Crust Meets Sourdough Business Development

“I‘ve all ways wanted to be an Anarchist Baker” whispered Nancy Dick as she left the information session with The Grain Exchange Cooperative and Tim Hewitt, co-op developer with the Arizmendi Association of Co-ops.

Nancy was one of a dozen people who showed up to learn about the possibility of a worker-owned artisan bakery in Calgary, based on the Arizmendi model.
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From Reconciliation to Redistribution

Co-ops on the Road to Right Relations

t seems trite to say, yet I felt I had witnessed history in the making,” says Len Findlay, remembering his participation on the occasion of the release of the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) documents on June 2nd in Ottawa. “There was a collective sense too, of being part of a justice and reconciliation project bigger than any one person and requiring the best efforts of all.” says Len.
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Starbucks or Worker Co-op?

Which is the Better Deal for Jane?

Tim Hewitt, Co-op Developer for the Arizmendis Association of Co-ops and I imagined that we were sitting together in a Starbucks having just received a $4 latte from a smiling-faced young person, with a B.A. in Political Science, who was careful to ask if we wanted anything else… we named her Jane. I asked Tim what
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Calling Co-op Champions to Gather

Five reasons to attend the Energizing Communities Conference if you’re already a champ (i.e. know a lot)

Networking and Fun – like the Co-op Curious, getting to know people with similar goals remains a highlight for Co-op Champs. Participants will learn trends and of new needs and approaches. If participants are well versed in their fields, they will find opportunities to assist others.
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Opening Reception Welcomes Calgarians and The World…

First Annual Mark Goldblatt Memorial Lecture

This opening reception will welcome those who have travelled to Calgary for this conference as well as local co-operators. It will feature the first Mark Goldblatt Memorial Lecture. Hazel and Greg feel honoured to have been asked by the founding directors of the Mark Goldblatt Foundation to present, The Big Idea – Building a Co-operative Economy through Popular Culture.
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Staying Awake in Three Chapters

Introducing Moving Into Right Relations: A NewScoop Story Circle and News Program

NewScoop YYC is embarking on a project to surface and share stories in Calgary about the movement towards Right Relations generated within and across communities including both indigenous and non-indigenous initiatives and collaborations.
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Co-op Education heads to Calgary

May 31-June 3, 2016 at the University of Calgary

The Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC) and the Association of Cooperative Educators (ACE) meet once again to share best practices and learning from around the world. They will convene at the Congress for Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Calgary, May 31-June 3, 2016.
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Energizing Communities

Co-operatives Nurturing Democratic Practices Come to Calgary!

ewScoop YYC is excited to be welcoming our co-op cousins to Calgary.  May 31 – June 2 will see the convergence of all shapes and sizes of co-operators to the conference, Energizing Communities: Co-operative Nurturing Democratic Practices hosted by the Association of Co-operative Educators and the Canadian Association of Studies in Cooperation. This conference is offering
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Economy of happiness

Economy of well-being for Alberta

Economics of Happiness author Mark Anielski delivered a keynote address (Building a new economy of well-being for Alberta) during the 2020 Vision for Humanity Symposium in Calgary on March 31, 2016. NewScoop Sarah Arthurs caught up with Mark after his talk.
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Building a New Economy of Well being for Alberta

A conversation with Mark Anielski

Although they are neighbours in Edmonton, Mark Anielski, an advocate for determining and measuring genuine wealth, and author of the Economics of Happiness (before Happiness became trendy) does not have the same access to Premier Rachel Notley that he used to have. NewScoop asked him to offer three suggestions to the Premier as Alberta stumbles through the landscape $40 oil.
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