2015

[Guest post] Two tales of a city: converging realities of culture in Toronto

This blog post was written by Kelsey Spitz, a Senior Associate at Social Innovation Generation. It has been reproduced with the author’s permission. Before the real city could be seen it had to be imagined, the way rumours and tall tales were a kind of charting – Michael Ondaatje, In the Skin of the Lion […]

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Announcing the Civic Innovation Awards

*Please note – applications for the Civic Innovation Awards are now closed.    Cities offer the scale needed for transformative change — large enough to matter, but small enough to manage. Universities and colleges are also civic actors in their own right. They are “cities within cities,” where the principles of pluralism create communities of […]

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New report on financial literacy

National charity Prosper Canada has released a new report demonstrating the impact of the TD Financial Literacy Grant Fund, Canada’s first national granting program dedicated to building the financial literacy of Canadians with low incomes, and providing a snapshot of Canada’s growing community financial education field. Released at the national 2015 ABLE Financial Empowerment Conference, […]

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Le Salon 1861: Repurposing a heritage building

St. Joseph’s Church in Little Burgundy is one of the oldest religious buildings in Montreal. Built by the Sulpicians, it was finished in 1861 and became a key pillar of a local, vibrant community. But a century and a half later, with religious participation declining in all of Quebec, St. Joseph’s had become chronically underutilized. […]

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Indigenous Innovation Summit: What Happened and What’s Next?

The inaugural Indigenous Innovation Summit (#IIS2015) was a groundbreaking event. This gathering brought together many stakeholders who don’t necessarily always work together: Elders, youth, service providers, academics, artists, social entrepreneurs, foundations, government representatives – the list goes on. A total of 320 people attended the proceedings from November 18-20, at the beautiful Winnipeg Art Gallery. […]

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New Re-Code-Cities for People Civic Innovation Award to grant up to $50,000 to innovative collaborations

Cities offer the scale needed for transformative change — large enough to matter, but small enough to manage. Universities and colleges are also civic actors in their own right. They are “cities within cities,” where the principles of pluralism create communities of diversity, open to the world. The relationship between post-secondary institutions and cities can […]

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Lire le rapport d’activités 2014-2015 du CEUM

Le Centre d’écologie urbaine de Montréal travaille depuis plus de 20 ans à créer une ville plus démocratique, ou les projets d’aménagement s’effectuent pour et avec les citoyens. C’est en rassemblant les citoyens, les professionnels et les élus que le CEUM réalise des projets qui contribuent à améliorer la qualité de vie, quartier par quartier.  […]

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Our “En Route to Paris” series is coming to an end.

  Quite a lot has changed since we started our blog series just six months ago. Sadly, Paris has been the target of terrorist attacks. Innocent people lost their lives, and global insecurity levels have gone up a few notches. For a few days, several journalists expressed doubts about whether the climate summit would still […]

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Bringing laneways to life: a recap of Toronto’s “Laneway Confessions”

When we think about a city’s public spaces, what comes to mind? Parks? Public squares? Neighbourhood meeting places like a library or cafe? We don’t necessarily think about the narrow spaces that parallel our main streets – the laneways that often serve as the city’s “backspaces”, holding garbage and recycling bins, used as transportation shortcuts […]

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Re-Code: One year in, and we’re learning a lot

This blog post was originally published on the Re-Code website. It has been reproduced here with the author’s permission. A few months ago I posted our initial thinking and plans for evaluating Re-Code’s systems change work. The post describes the complexity of evaluating systems change, and you can see our first steps here. And if […]

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