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by Jessica Hein Projected in a grid on a gallery wall, a video of hands at work creates a rich tapestry of images and sound. Hands deboning fish, kneading dough, beating eggs, whisking, stirring, chopping, skinning. Each task has its own rhythm that moves in and out, at changing speeds. In the background, a bell...
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Free Home University: Experimenting with Learning

by Musagetes A project of Loop House (Lecce, IT) and Musagetes, curated by Alissa Firth-Eagland, Luigi Negro, and Alessandra Pomarico, Free Home University (FHU) is a pedagogical experiment grounded in experiencing life and creativity in common. FHU is a response to the need to generate new ways of sharing and creating knowledge. Created in collaboration with a...
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Nunavut in Venice

by cheyanne turions Fifteen years ago now, the territory of Nunavut was formed, the result of an arduous land claims negotiation that stands as a laudable attempt to reckon the practice of settler colonialism with the reality of Aboriginal title. The expanse of Nunavut—nearly two million square kilometres—is now under Indigenous rule while maintaining federation...
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Manifesta 10

by cheyanne turions This June, the 10th edition of the Manifesta Biennale opened in St. Petersburg, Russia. Since its beginning, the Biennale has been itinerant, typically unfolding in peripheral European cities or contested regions. Prioritizing processes of research as a tool for embedding the event in specific local contexts, the concept of each edition reflects upon...
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From our Blog

VIDEO: SIRC Webinar #3 on Vertical Resilience & Community Renewal

On Tuesday, December 9, Cities for People and Social Innovation Generation (SiG) co-hosted the second webinar in our joint series, Social Innovation & Resilience in Cities with Graeme Stewart and John Brodhead, who presented their work on the Tower Renewal  project in Toronto.  Tower Renewal is a program to drive broad environmental, social, economic, and cultural change...
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VIDEO: SIRC Webinar #2 on 100in1Day and Active Citizenship

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Cities for People and Social Innovation Generation (SiG) co-hosted the second webinar in our joint series, Social Innovation & Resilience in Cities with Juan Carlos and Cédric Jamet, core organizers who launched the 100in1Day movement in Canada. In this interactive webinar, our guests tell the story of the 100in1Day movement and...
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Cities for People Internship Opportunity

Dates: January-June 2015 Location: Montreal, QC In cities across Canada, people and organizations are finding ways to address complex challenges and creatively shape the future of their communities. They are greening neighbourhoods while producing local food; creating social enterprises to reduce poverty; mentoring immigrants and making spaces for them on community boards; and using community...
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Articles from SPACING

Weekly feature blogs produced by our partner, Spacing, the Canadian urbanist magazine

Travelogue: CityLab 2014

Recently, Los Angeles became the subject of much attention as the civically-minded flocked to the city to take part in this year’s CityLab conference. CityLab is a symposium for over 300 of the world’s mayors to openly discuss challenges, create scalable solutions and share in situational urban advancements. Conversations are curated to inspire solutions for […]

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Household waste in urban space

You may have heard that Edmonton’s downtown and central neighbourhoods are experiencing a renaissance; new growth is occurring in both population and development. What hasn’t changed is Edmonton’s entrepreneurial spirit. No, that’s been around since the city’s founding. The difference is that this new growth has made the city bolder – and more innovative. One […]

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Reclaiming neighbourhood planning

A Community Planning Board (CPB) can be an effective democratic platform to support meaningful citizen engagement and push forth social justice and equity in planning. While neighbourhood associations or residents associations may address similar issues, a community planning board or advisory group can focus on the intersection of top-down planning and neighbourhood planning. CPBs need […]

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Is Uber part of the Sharing Economy?

For years now, long term changes in consumer priorities, coupled with the global economic downturn, have driven many innovators to test new business models which focus less on ownership and disposable goods, and more on reallocating existing resources, and connecting potential service providers with potential customers. This ingenuity is often warmly referred to as “the […]

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