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News, events, and reflections on urban experiments and social innovation

Social Innovation and Cities – Les Jardins Gamelin, Montreal

This blogpost by Social Innovation Fellow Lyndsay Daudier was originally written for the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation blog. It has been re-posted with the author's permission. Innovation Definition: An influence process leading to social change that rejects existing social standards and proposes new ones. When referring to social innovation in cities, the one and only concern...
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We Are Cities Action Agenda!

Did you participate in a We Are Cities roundtable or contribute to the online discussion forum last year? The teams at Evergreen CityWorks and the Montreal Urban Ecology Centre have distilled the hundreds of fantastic ideas brought forth, identifying commonalities and areas that are primed for local and national action. Click here to download the...
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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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We Are Cities Day: Highlights!

Did you participate in a roundtable or online conversation during We Are Cities Day? Wondering what key priorities and narratives emerged? Evergreen CityWorks shared a few highlights from all you engaged Canadians had to say! Visit the We Are Cities website for detailed recaps of last spring and summer’s roundtables. From Evergreen CityWorks: Thank you,...
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Cities in Imagination

This article by David Maddox originally appeared on The Nature of Cities as part of their Just City Essays. It is been re-posted with the author's permission. Resilience is the word of the decade, as sustainability was in previous decades. No doubt, our view of the kind and quality of cities we as societies want...
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Cities for People: An education in collaboration across distances

Sarah Bradley, Assistant Curator, Cities for People Note: This piece was originally written for the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation blog. .  While I became an intern for Cites for People last winter as a recent urban planning graduate, I had been so immersed in concrete, place-specific issues that I lacked the kind of broader-picture thinking necessary...
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