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A visit to a urban commons in Ghent: the NEST experiment

The municipality of Ghent, Belgium is at the forefront of the international stage of urban commons. This article shares how NEST, a cooperatively planned, designed, and managed six-storey building, is temporarily opening up a civically minded space for collaboration.

July 18, 2017 Visit Site
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Psychology & the City : The Hidden Dimension

In a constant cycle of influencing and being influenced, the city impacts upon our mind and our emotional state impacts upon the city with untold effects. This new book by Charles Landry explores the under-studied connections between psychology and our individual and collective experiences of cities in order to bring out potential and help heal fractures.

July 18, 2017 Visit Site
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Building the Capacity to Innovate

While the majority of nonprofit leaders aspire to innovate, they face a number of obstacle. This guide is meant to help nonprofits close the gap between their aspirations and their current capacity to innovate—to build the mindset and the muscles needed to identify breakthrough ideas, opportunities, and ways of working, and put them into practice.

July 5, 2017 Visit Site
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Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot

Ontario’s basic income pilot will eventually assist 4,000 low income residents in Hamilton, Brantford and Brant County, Thunder Bay and Lindsay, providing individuals with $16,989 annually from the province. Watch this video from The Agenda, featuring Hugh Segal, special advisor to the income pilot program, to discuss how to track its success and whether it…

June 22, 2017 Visit Site
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Nature-based Solutions

What kind of natural hazards does your community face? From coastal erosion to stormwater flooding, this collection of resources and case studies (by region, community type, scale, and cost) offers design solutions.

June 7, 2017 Visit Site
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Empathy Map Tool

Empathy maps can be a great tool to round out one’s understanding of user experience. This simple exercise can help ground you in the perspectives of those who your project serves or affects, and can prompt you to refine the engagement, design or delivery of your work.

June 7, 2017 Visit Site
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10: A Guide for Businesses Reducing Poverty

Are you a business leader, a poverty reduction practitioner, a community activist, or a concerned citizen? Find inspiring accounts of how business leaders and their colleagues are having success in improving lives and community conditions nationwide in this guide. It’s a great reminder of how critical business involvement in poverty reduction truly is.    

May 25, 2017 Visit Site
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Examining the potential impact of a basic income on social entrepreneurs

How can a basic income stimulate more innovation and entrepreneurship? This paper presents the results of a new survey administered to 1,473 members of Toronto’s Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) as well as a focus group and several individual case study interviews to examine the potential impact of a basic income on social entrepreneurship.

May 25, 2017 Visit Site
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What Next for Digital Social Innovation?

While it should be obvious that any 21st-century innovation strategy must encompass the work of digital social innovators, often public power and money are still locked in much more traditional methods, monopolised by big business and big science in just a few sectors. This report aims to take us closer to the tipping point of mainstreaming…

May 18, 2017 Visit Site
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Voyage d’études à Boston

À Boston, on trouve des projets d’avant-garde d’entrepreneuriat social, de revitalisation des quartiers et d’innovation citoyenne et de participation des jeunes à l’innovation sociale. C’est la raison pour laquelle nous nous y sommes rencontrés pour discuter de la manière de bâtir des villes plus inclusives, plus résilientes et plus innovantes.

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