Category: Community Champions

COOPERATION AND COLLABORATION KEY TO ENVIRONMENTAL BREAKTHROUGHS

Key messages from Alberta Ecotrust Foundation’s Environmental Gathering: Breaking Through

When it comes to finding solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental problems, people need to talk with each other more, find common ground, and support each other in making positive change. People need to work together – and everyone needs to be involved.

Those were some of the key messages at the Alberta Ecotrust Foundation’s second annual Environmental Gathering: Breaking Through, which took place last month.
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ABUNDANT COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE UPDATES ABCD PRINCIPLES FOR MUNICIPALITIES

Neighbourhood connections create complex benefits 

Howard Lawrence, co-founder of the Asset-Based Neighbourhood Organizing Association, says many cities have a long-standing relationship with Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) and the Abundant Community Initiative is a new version that drills down onto every block in every neighbourhood.

“We can say to municipalities, ‘you’ve been doing this kind of work, particularly in troubled neighbourhoods, for 30 years . . . here is an update,’” Lawrence says.
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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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Building Resilient Communities: Thriving in the Face of Uncertainty

With Mark Lakeman and Friends

Anyone can act to change the world for the better, using the tools, skills, education and resources they have right now.

“It’s about people making new choices,” says architect and ‘placemaker’ Mark Lakeman, a leader in the development of sustainable public places in the U.S. and Canada. “Community building is a consciousness project. Consciousness can actually shift to a place with such joy that it really is irrepressible.”
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