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Placemaker profile: Victoria Dickenson

This is the first in a Placemaking Profile series in which we will share short conversations we've had with leaders in Canadian cities - from those who are actively building places that foster social inclusion to those who listen, engage, and tell stories from the communities that make up our cities. For more information about...
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Students bring their talents and skills to community projects through Vancouver’s LEDlab

By Elvira Truglia Introducing the Civic Innovation Blog Series: Campus—City collaborations This post is the first of a series showcasing the seven selected projects of the Civic Innovation Awards. Launched in the fall of 2015, the awards program supports innovative collaborations between post-secondary institutions and community organizations, municipalities or businesses that strengthen their communities. Photo...
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Cities for People + getting to collective impact

Read the original article, Ten Key Ingredients for Collective Impact: Powering Town Halls for Societal Change, by Indy Johar, Imandeep Kaur, and Orestes Chouchoulas on Dark Matter Laboratories. One of the goals set out by the Cities for People initiative during its inception over three years ago was to shake up the ways in which we work...
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Digital technology as one pathway to social inclusion in placemaking

As part of the Placemaking Leadership Forum in Vancouver, we had the opportunity to attend several breakout sessions on approaches to placemaking. One session that has stood out so far centred on Digital Placemaking - defined in the program as learning how to build in and wisely use technology in authentic ways that reinforce the place-based...
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Laneway Futures

This isn't the first time we have written about laneways (see our previous stories on le Parc Oxygène in Montréal and the Laneway Summit in Toronto); they are the sites of an emerging kind of urbanism - one in which communities work together to implement on-the-ground projects that bring to light possibilities for underused or...
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What is placemaking?

This article was originally written for the McConnell Foundation blog by Alex Gillis. Ten years ago, if you walked along sections of the Toronto ravine system that follow the Don Valley, you’d have likely noticed an abandoned, 100-year-old brickworks, surrounded by an expanse of tangled brush and marshland. Today, thanks to the creative vision of...
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Fostering Consistent Stakeholder Engagement for a Maximum Impact

Guest blog by Anna Godefroy, Director, Binners Project Although a relatively new initiative, the Binners’ Project is often praised for its true grassroots nature and strong engagement with the community. Yet maintaining member involvement is a sustained effort for the project staff. This is a very common challenge for many community initiatives. At its core, the...
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