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March 2017 Newsletter

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…

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Placemaking Leadership Forum LIVESTREAM

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,…

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August 2016 newsletter

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 Click here for our newsletter archives.

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Reimagining the Cities of Tomorrow

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…

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May 2016 newsletter

Click here for the latest updates from Cities for People. You can access our newsletter archives here.

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Announcing the Civic Innovation Award winners!

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…

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

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…

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Report: Local Governments and the Sharing Economy

How do local governments strategically engage with the Sharing Economy to foster more sustainable cities? While sharing has always been part of city life, there is an acceleration in the past few years of Sharing Economy activities from bike sharing to short-term rental accommodation to neighbourhood swaps to ride-sharing.  Some activities are disrupting industry sectors…

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Cities for People in transition

As you may know, Cities for People is an experimental initiative – one that’s testing out approaches to shaping more livable and resilient cities.  Since January 2014, we have focused on supporting, connecting, and amplifying work in cities across Canada to build on what’s already happening and facilitate new collaborations and ways of working. As…

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New video: Artist Roundtable (A.RT) on New Economies

Last May, as part of the second Disruptive Imaginings gathering in Vancouver, Simon Fraser University hosted an Artist Roundtable (A.RT) on the theme of New Economies. The A.RT brought 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 started…

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