Special June Newsletter: Montreal’s neighbourhood roundtables

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  • Montreal’s neighbourhood roundtables: A unique model of inclusion and engagement
  • Collective Impact Project Awarded!
  • Be part of LEDlab’s 2017/18 internship program! Deadline: June 13, 2017
  • 17th IOPD conference - Montréal, QC. June 16-19, 2017
  • Cities of the Future: Co-creating Tomorrow - Vancouver, BC. Sept 25-29, 2017

 

May 2017 News!

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Missed our May newsletter? Get it here.

  • What if we thought of the City as a Commons?
  • Neighbourhoods ♥ The Heart of Community
  • Jane’s Walks are coming to your city: May 5 to 7
  • The future of local communities
  • Here to Stay: Housing Solutions and Youth
  • Webinar: Piloting Basic Income in the Barcelona
  • Why would a foundation support a group of Quebecers to spend three days in Boston?

 

March 2017 Newsletter

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Read our March newsletter:

  • City as Commons discussion series: Join us this spring!
  • Cities Reducing Poverty: When Business is Engaged
  • Youthful Cities + 30Network Vancouver: Housing & Affordability think & do tank
  • Get out and walk! Join the global Jane’s Walks festival May 5-7
  • International « Le Monde » Smart Cities Innovation Awards 2017
  • Save the date: Deepening Community conference, June 6-8
  • Raising Places: Building Child-Centered Communities

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Placemaking Leadership Forum LIVESTREAM

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From September 15-17, 2016, watch a LIVESTREAM of the Placemaking Leadership Forum, taking place in Vancouver, organized by New York City-based Project for Public Spaces.

This is a hugely important gathering of practitioners around the world to chart the futures of placemaking - as we look ahead to global gatherings around cities and sustainable development, including Habitat III in Quito, and the 22nd annual Conference of the Parties in Marrakech.

As founder Fred Kent put it, this is not a conference - this is a campaign to broaden our conceptions of public space planning to include the myriad ways in which we interact with the city - what we give, and what we get back from the places that constitute our cities. We have to think beyond the individual elements of what is traditionally known as public space - benches, fountains, signs - and move onto a feeling: how do we want to be in a place? How does place affect our mood? How does it shape our interactions with others, our broader connection to our city?

We will be sharing short blogposts with our thoughts, ideas, and questions around some of the themes that are discussed during the Forum - stay stuned!

August 2016 newsletter

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Read our August newsletter:

  • Announcing new Cities for People grantees
  • Evergreen Senior Fellow announcement
  • New Cities Summit highlights
  • Register for Placemaking Leadership Forum Sep 14-16
  • Placemaking Canada Survey and Event Sep 17
  • Tamarack Community Change Institute Sep 26-30

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Reimagining the Cities of Tomorrow

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Thanks to Social Connectedness for sharing the progress we made in Cities for People 1.0, and what our focus areas are - social inclusion being at the forefront - looking ahead!

Here's an excerpt:

According to a United Nations report, over half the world’s population live in cities. In Canada, close to 80% of Canadians live in urban areas. As cities become denser, an important question arises:  How we can make our urban spaces more livable, joyous and socially connected? Currently a pan-Canadian initiative is looking at ways to build more inclusive, innovative and resilient cities.

Cities for People is a collaborative initiative that aims to find diverse solutions to create more liveable cities. With a team of curators across Canada, Cities for People focused on innovative projects that explore four main themes during its experimental phase between January 2014 and June 2015. These pillars were art and society, new economies, cityscapes and citizen spaces. At the heart of each of these themes was social inclusion.

Jayne Engle is the National Curator for Cities for People. Engle emphasizes the importance of social inclusion,explaining that it stands as a core value in each of the organization’s activities. “It’s our feeling very much, that people living in poverty or situations of exclusion are best placed to lead the way in developing solutions. To bridge social divides, our experience tells us collaboration and working in solidarity are essential,” she says.

Cities for People originally planned on having social inclusion as a separate theme, but the team decided to integrate it as an essential element of each pillar in the experimental phase. Moving forward into Cities for People 2.0, social inclusion is deliberately highlighted. “The overarching values of inclusion, innovation and resilience are not underlying but front and centre at the same time,” Engle says about the initiative’s next steps.

Full article here.

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Announcing the Civic Innovation Award winners!

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Winning projects showcase the high potential of city-university collaborations

We're excited to announce the winning projects of the inaugural Civic Innovation Awards program. Seven projects from across Canada have been awarded grants of $10K to $30K to showcase innovative collaborations between cities and post-secondary institutions. The awards program, launched last fall as part of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation's RECODE and Cities for People initiatives, attracted 150 applicants.

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"The projects selected show real potential to bring about positive change," said Stephen Huddart, President and CEO of the McConnell Foundation. "We're delighted with the strength of the applications overall, and very hopeful that collaborations between cities, post-secondary institutions and other civic organizations are going to keep growing in impact and scale."

Jurors were looking for projects that were highly innovative, and defined innovation to mean any "initiative, product, process or program that profoundly changes the basic routines, resource and authority flows or beliefs of any social system." The prize winners are:

Grand Prize Winner ($30K):

Northern Innovation Hub | Iqaluit, Nunavut

Second Prize Winners ($20K):

Local Economic Development Lab | Vancouver, British Columbia
MR-63 | Montreal, Quebec
Vivacity | Calgary, Alberta

Third Prize Winners ($10K):

Civic Accelerator | Guelph, Ontario
Community BUILD | York Region, Ontario
Building a Virtual Knowledge Commons for Pop-up Shops | Toronto, Ontario

Click here to read full descriptions of the winning projects.

Click here for the press release.

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

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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 serve as an engine of social and environmental sustainability.As part of its pursuit of a more inclusive, sustainable, and resilient society, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation has created RECODE, an initiative dedicated to catalyzing social innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education; and Cities for People, which contributes to more resilient, livable and inclusive cities.

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The RECODE / Cities for People Civic Innovation Awards program provides grants to initiatives that position post-secondary institutions as civic actors catalyzing positive change in cities. These grants will support innovative collaborations between post-secondary institutions and community organizations or businesses that strengthen their communities.

This is a call for initiatives, products, processes, or programs that contribute to the knowledge and resources in our post-secondary campuses, community organizations, businesses and local governments. We are looking to challenge and evolve the defining routines, resources, and authority flows in our cities for the greater good.

Up to $100,000 will be awarded in amounts ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to exemplary initiatives that meet the criteria outlined in either of the two relevant themes.

There are two themes for the Civic Innovation Awards:

Theme 1. Innovative Citizenship and Service: Enhancing capacity to engage and take action on community and city issues.

 Examples include:

  • Partnerships between post-secondary institutions and municipal governments or agencies that improve civic engagement.
  • Initiatives that support civic action by students.
  • Multisectoral collaborations that apply our collective capacity (or civic intelligence - see lexicon) to improve social and economic outcomes for marginalized populations.

Theme 2. Enhancing the Civic Commons: Re-purposing our shared city assets through innovative approaches to increase the social, cultural, economic or educational value of the civic commons.

 Examples include:

  • Initiatives that re-design and re-purpose buildings, grounds and other assets in service to the community.
  • Participatory planning and budgeting initiatives that involves municipalities, post-secondary institutions and public input.
  • Technological innovations to make for a more engaging and connected civic commons.

Full information packet: C4P/RECODE Award_EN

Click here to apply