Workshop on evaluating change: Montreal, Oct 27-29

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Evaluating Community Impact: 
Capturing and Making Sense of Community Outcomes

Interested in evaluating large-scale community change initiatives? The Tamarack Institute is hosting a three-day workshop in Montreal, October 27-29,


From their website:

"Moving the needles" on community-wide issues requires cross-sector coordination and an engaged community.

There are countless community change initiatives working on a diversity of issues in our country, such as early childhood development, health care, education, poverty and homelessness, immigration and workforce development. Evaluating Community Impact: Capturing and Making Sense of Community Outcomes is a three-day workshop intended to provide those who are funding, planning and implementing community change initiatives with an opportunity to learn the latest and most practical evaluation ideas and practices.

This workshop is best suited to those who have an interest and some basic knowledge and experience with evaluation and are eager to tackle the challenging but critical task of getting feedback on local efforts to change communities. It is not designed for professional evaluators.

This workshop is for you if:

- You manage programs that need to be evaluated

- You are part of a collaborative that is trying to understand how to evaluate

- You are a community development professional who wants to make the connection between learning and community change

- You are in a collective impact network and wanting to understand shared measurement

- Evaluation is part of your job description

Workshop Location:

Hôtel Omni Mont-Royal
1050 Rue Sherbrooke O,
Montréal, QC H3A 2R6

Find out more about the full learning agendaworkshop faculty, and registration.

Photo from Community Story Strategies.

Eco-Art-Fest at Todmorden Mills

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The Eco-Art-Fest is a summer-long public art festival in Toronto’s Don Valley. This year’s festival offers six outdoor public art installations, workshops for families and all ages, guided art walks, live music performances, and a gathering space modeled after a traditional Beer Garden. This space offers visitors a place to relax, eat organic locally sourced foods, have a drink, and listen to music in a natural setting just outside the downtown. Toronto’s Don Valley Ravine is the largest and most underused green space. It is No.9’s goal to draw visitors out of their daily paths and into nature, while providing meaningful programming that brings people and communities together.


No.9 is an arts organization that promotes environmental awareness and living sustainably in cities. The Eco-Art-Fest’s on-site programming aims to raise awareness on these issues, while our gardens and kitchen aim to lead by example through a demonstration of how one can grow their own food and shop at local venues. It can be difficult to live a completely sustainable lifestyle, but our festival brings back notions of living off the land, creating by hand, and buying local. We have created a community space where conversations are started, and where younger generations can gain knowledge and become inspired.



No.9 Eco-Art-Fest @ Todmorden Mills
June 20th - September 13th, 2015
67 Pottery Road

Friday and Saturday: Noon - 10pm
Sunday: Noon - 5pm
Free Entry and Parking - All Ages



Established in 1795, Todmorden Mills produced paper for such people as William Lyon Mackenzie, for The Colonial Advocate. Throughout the 19th century, the industrial site provided lumber, flour, beer, paper and bricks to the city. Opened as a museum in 1967, the site features a popular theatre and gallery space and Wildflower Preserve. Todmorden Mills Heritage Site is one of 11 historic sites operated by the City of Toronto, Museums & Heritage Services.


The State of City Building Project Launch (Toronto)

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On Wednesday, July 15, The Ryerson City Building Institute will launch their State of City Building Project, which includes the first annual State of City Building Report and the Citylinx online database.

Citylinx identifies and categorizes leading organizations that are involved in studying or advocating for excellence in city building. This growing list allows the public, key decision makers, and other organizations to search for and work with city building organizations. Their aim is to increase awareness of existing city building initiatives and, in doing so, build the capacity of civil society to improve the region as a whole.

To celebrate the launch of the State of City Building project, leading city builders from across the GTHA will gather for a panel discussion and reception. Alan Broadbent of Maytree will moderate a discussion between leaders from key city building organizations in the GTHA to discuss challenges, successes, and lessons learned. The discussion will be followed by a reception for city builders to connect and network. Copies of the new State of City Building report will be available. You can register here.  

The evening's agenda:

5:15 - Sign in and registration

5:30 - Welcome and Introduction to the State of City Building project

5:45 - Panel discussion: The State of City Building 2015 moderated by Alan Broadbent, Maytree
with Rahul Bhardwaj, Toronto Foundation
Richard Joy, Urban Land Institute
and Sharad Kerur, Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association

6:30-8:00 - Reception
Light fare and refreshments

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Watch the video: Fred Kent shares lessons on placemaking

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How can we build better public places in our cities? In this video, Fred Kent and Kathy Madden, founders of Project for Public Spaces (PPS) in New York City, share the organization's internationally recognized approach to placemaking, using the "lighter, quicker, cheaper" method to demonstrate what is possible with a little creativity and vision.

Since the organization's inception in 1975, PPS has been testing simple, short-term, and low-cost approaches to enlivening public spaces. Their work has had remarkable impacts on the shaping of neighborhoods and cities: many of these solutions are documented in the 2007 book:The Great Neighborhood Book: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Placemaking.

This talk was organized by the Montréal Urban Ecology Centre as part their Urban Ecology Days program in May and June, 2015, and hosted by the Communauté Métropolitaine de Montréal. It was presented in tandem with the launch of the Centre's Guide sur l'urbanisme participatif: Aménager des villes avec et pour les citoyens, which is available for purchase or as a PDF here.

PPS founder Fred Kent shares lessons on placemaking from J.W. McConnell Family Foundation on Vimeo.

NEW YORK _ Global Summer School _ July 06-20, 2015

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Looking to expand your understandings of urban and public spaces in a stimulating setting? You might be interested in this summer program:

IaaC: Global Summer School_NEW YORK


JULY 06-20, 2015



Cities are continuously produced through entropic processes that mediate between complex networked systems and the immediacy urban life. Emergent media technologies inform new relationships between information and matter, code and space to redefine new urban ecosystems. The NY GSS aims at investigating emerging forms of production of urban and public spaces reimagining the physical city through information technology driven processes. In particular the focus will be placed in the definition of urban prototypes as a critical form of inquiry to speculate on  the future of cities and urbanism.

The city of New York will be the expanded site of exploration. Interacting, Integrating, Expanding, Networking and Hacking will be the operational categories to re-imagine future territories and urban practices. The investigations will critically  reflect on  the  city as the shared, the common, the civic and the publicenterprise. How are traditional urban typologies affected by information-based environments? How do they provide a prototypical model to speculate on the relation between social practices and the future of cities? How are designers able to shape the agency of networks? How can we, as spatial practitioners, intervene in the digital city ?

Focus will be placed on the feedback mechanism between scales, investigating the continuous loop between the micro and the macro urban scale. The  exploration of urban scenarios  will be filtered through the  following categories:


Generative design and computationally driven processes will take place throughout the program. A series of lectures from leading academics andinternational invited guests will construct the theoretical framework of the GSS, integrating and expanding the learning modules, with a final exhibition and promotion of the work.

The NY GSS will be organized in  three sections:

1_ Research – Analysis  

2_ Design development 

3_ Prototyping

The NY GSS will be an expanded platform of investigation with direct interaction with the parallel programs in Barcelona, Shanghai, Mumbai, and on-site andnetworked exchange between the participants and the invited global community.






Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York



Apply by June 30, 2015

To apply go to :

FEES for the NY_ GSS 2015:



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Friday, May 29, 2015, 9:00 – 11:00 A.M.
SFU Woodward's - Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre
149 W Hastings St., Vancouver, BC, Canada


Can art challenge us to shift our economy to one that embraces sustainability, equality, and justice? Can we create local and global economies that are not only resilient and thriving but inclusive of everyone?

The Artist Round Table (A.RT) on New Economies brings together a diverse group of panellists who have provocative ideas about art, economy, and transformative change. Set within a staged 1983 corporate boardroom, the A.RT will kick off with a presentation by artist Marilou Lemmens about her collaborative, multidisciplinary practice with Richard Ibghy. Lemmens will present artistic projects that explore the ways in which the economic system pervades nearly every facet of our daily lives. In response, panellists from various fields will engage in a lively discussion, digging deeply into the issues at the heart of the duo’s practice. The panellists will draw on their experiences in the realms of art and culture, activism and citizenship, and sustainability and radical urbanism as they tell stories, debate ideas, and challenge each other and the audience with thought-provoking questions. The audience will be invited into a discourse on the emergence of a new economy and how art can be a driving force for social change.


Marilou Lemmens is a visual artist based in Durham-Sud and Montreal, Quebec where she works in collaboration with Richard Ibghy. Spanning various media, including video, performance, and installation, their work explores the material, affective, and sensory dimensions of experience that cannot be fully translated into signs or systems. For several years, they have examined the rationale upon which economic actions are described and represented, and how the logic of economy has come to infiltrate the most intimate aspects of life. Their work has been shown nationally and internationally, including at La Biennale de Montréal (Montreal, 2014), 27th Images Festival (Toronto, 2014), La Filature, Scène Nationale (Mulhouse, France, 2013-14), Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow, 2012), and the 10th Sharjah Biennial (Sharjah, UAE, 2011), among others.


Community organizer, writer, and activist Matt Hern teaches at UBC and is known for his work in radical urbanism, community development, and alternative forms of education. He is founder of the Purple Thistle Centre, Car-Free Vancouver Day, and Groundswell: Grassroots Economic Alternatives.

An avid seeker of beauty, authentic connections, and learning, Cédric Jamet has been involved in a flurry of citizen-led projects, exploring the relationship between urban imaginary, active citizenship, and the co-creation of sustainable cities. Most recently, he helped start 100in1day in Montreal and is completing an M.A. in Human Systems Intervention from Concordia University.

Artist and cultural producer Todd Lester has dedicated his career to supporting and enabling socially engaged artists around the world. He is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and founder of both freeDimensional and



SFU Woodward's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre
149 W Hastings St.Vancouver, BC, Vancouver, Canada

The Artist Round Table on New Economies is an experiment of Adjacent Possibilities, Musagetes, One Earth, and Cities for People. It is one in a series of international roundtables in which artists can share their ideas and projects with scientists, historians, Aboriginal leaders, policymakers, politicians, community organizers, and social movement leaders. Musagetes initially developed the A.RT approach in collaboration with Todd Lester.

Adjacent Possibilities
Adjacent Possibilities is a creative agency experimenting at the intersection of art, technology and society’s most complex challenges. We connect adjacent types of thinkers: artists, entrepreneurs, policy makers and others, to explore what possibilities might emerge from these unlikely combinations of thought in addressing daunting questions of human resilience. Our work is fuelled by a belief in our ingenuity as a species and includes the curation, design and production of exhibitions, facilitation of workshops and strategic planning, consulting on organizational strategy, and production of film and creative media.

One Earth is a nonprofit ‘think and do’ tank based in Vancouver, Canada. Our mission is to transform production and consumption patterns locally, nationally and internationally to be sustainable, healthy, and just within the limits of living systems. Our passion is bringing people, ideas and activities together to accelerate the transition towards sustainability - we catalyze networking and action on the issues we care about. One Earth adopts a systems approach to identify high-impact solutions, and engages the arts and citizens to create compelling visions of life in sustainable futures.

Musagetes logo
Musagetes, the curator of the Art and Society theme of Cities for People, is an international organization that makes the arts more central and meaningful in people’s lives, in our communities, and in our societies. The arts play a fundamental role in mediating our life experiences, making artistic creativity central to healthy, empathic, social, and conscientious ways of living. Art creates a space for thinking differently, for opening up new possibilities for ourselves and the world around us.

Cities for People
Cities for People, a grassroots movement that looks at the resilience and liveability of cities, asks the question: how can we enhance social, ecological, and economic well-being and help civic cultures thrive? We are approaching this from the perspectives of four themes: Art and Society, CityScapes, Citizen Spaces, and New Economies. Each of these themes has a curating organization that is gathering compelling stories, connecting people within and across fields, and experimenting with new ways to approach old problems.

Lead Image: Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens, Is there anything left to be done at all? (2014), five-channel video, sound, sculpture, dimensions variable. Video still.

Culture Days Congress: Putting art at the centre (May 7-8)

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As part of the Culture Days Congress being held in Calgary May 7 and 8, 2015, Arts & Soicety Curator Shawn Van Sluys will host a conversation on Putting art at the centre, based on his experience with the SenseLabs project in Lethbridge. Shawn, who is one of the congress committee members, will also present the Cities for People Award.

Culture Days 2015


Cities For People: Putting Art At The Centre

A conversation hosted by Shawn Van Sluys, executive director, Musagetes & co-curator, Cities for People

Friday, May 8 at 10:40 MST / 12:40 EST

Cities for People is a national initiative that explores the question: How can we enhance social, ecological and economic well-being and help civic cultures thrive? Of the various themes that are considering this question, the Art & Society team has been developing a number of experimental projects that aim to transform public narratives through socially engaged art and education. In this workshop we will describe the broader initiative of Cities for People with a particular focus on SenseLabs which were piloted in Lethbridge, Alberta in 2014. We invite you to join us with your stories about city-based artistic initiatives.

The goal of these Interactive breakout workshops is to offer registered delegates the opportunity to learn directly from leading experts and practitioners in specific topics related to the Congress theme. See the full program of breakout workshops here.

Can't make it to the Congress but interested in listening in? You can access the Culture Days Congress livestream here.

Progressive Planning and Community Organizing in the 21st Century

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This Thursday, join a seminar at Concordia by Tom Angotti on the need for new approaches to planning and community organizing from a range of histories and perspectives.Organized by Concordia University, this seminar will focus on the need for progressive planning and organizing to go beyond advocacy and equity models. Angotti will trace the historical importance of advocacy and equity approaches, but then talk about environmental and climate justice, gender equality, occupy, black lives matter, anti-capitalism, etc. and how and why planners (and geographers!) are largely silent on these issues.


Date: April 9, 2015, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Place: Room Hive Cafe (Mezzanine), Henry F. Hall Building (1455 De Maisonneuve W.), Sir George William Campus
The seminar will be followed by a wine and cheese.

Photo courtesy of Tom Angotti.

Green Dream screening (Wed, 8 April)

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What are the relationships between natural spaces and urban areas? How do we as city-dwellers experience nature within the city? This Wednesday at 7pm, Maia Iotzova's new film Green Dream will show for the first time in Montreal at the Cinémathèque québécoise.

"Green Dream is a personal documentary that contemplates nature's place within the city.

Maia Iotzova takes the viewer on a poetic journey from the wild fields of Sofia, Bulgaria to the manicured parks of Vancouver, Canada and, finally, to a community-managed park (Le Champ des Possibles) in Montreal. The documentary is a reflection on the way wild green spaces have been cared for in the cities where she has lived.

Green Dream is also a film about maturing as a person and living with one's roots spread between different cultures. The film takes some surprising turns as the author questions her own relationship with nature and tries to reconcile the conflicting cultural approaches that people have towards the green spaces around her."

Read more here.


Wednesday, April 8th, 7pm
Cinémathèque québécoise, SALLE FERNAND-SEGUIN
335, boul. De Maisonneuve Est, Montreal, Quebec H2X 1K1

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Research Justice: A more equitable approach to data collection and use within the complex urban ecosystem

Who collects data? Who responds? Who uses it? Who benefits?

These are important questions to ask when undertaking research that involves gathering spatial data from citizens.

"One of the most significant challenges in participatory surveying and mapping work are the ways in which privilege and power dynamics (culture, gender, race, etc) can influence the outcomes and shape the dynamics of research activities with and within marginalized communities. Whether it’s limited access to information from academic and governmental institutions, insufficient control over the means of their own knowledge production, or the lack of recognition of community knowledge as a legitimate source of information, the same disparities and inequities that perpetuate research and knowledge biases often occur in cities around the world.

Join the Ecocitizen World Map Project webinar on April 14, featuring a presentation by Dr. Heba Khalil, Associate Professor at Cairo University’s Department of Architecture (Faculty of Engineering) and co-author of the recently published study, Urban Metabolism and Quality of Life in Informal Areas, REAL CORP, Ghent, Belgium. Dr. Khalil will talk about her student team’s experiences conducting citizen surveys in Cairo’s Imbaba neighborhood for the Ecocitizen World Map Project. Following Dr. Khalil’s presentation there will be an open discussion on how to attain greater transparency, exchange, and collaboration in the research arena."

All levels of expertise welcome! Register here.

Date: Tuesday, 14 April 2015
Time: 12:00 PDT / 21:00 GMT+2 (find your timezone)