What Should We Create?

What Should We Create?

What should we create? Several groups have been thinking about what their agencies can do to help insure safety for people they support during an emergency or difficult times. In some of the conversations there is talk of creating a program, or a plan and mayb...

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Take Care

Take Care

Make connections and taking care of others at the Hampton Inn. When checking in recently at a hotel, the staff mentioned they host an evening reception so guests can meet and talk. The information book in my room also had a page on “Care.” It menti...

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What are we measuring?

What are we measuring?

In your community work what are you measuring? This is another sign from the Tactical Urbanism project in Asheville, NC. This project is designed to make quick low cost changes and to see the impact. They’re paying attention to numbers of people in the n...

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What the heck is it?

What the heck is it?

While in Asheville I learned about tactical urbanism. A group of volunteers had made changes at a busy intersection to slow down traffic and create more a welcoming area. One of this days projects was touching up the road painting in the background. Tactical u...

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A “Community” Park

A “Community” Park

In a park in Vancouver there are the usual climbing things and swings and there’s also close to 20 toys lined up along a path. You will find riding toys of all sorts from big wheels to monster trucks to fire engines. There are also plastic kitchens, slid...

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Near and Dear

Near and Dear

It was a fun way to start a Friday. 80 people joined the Near and Dear event starting at the Brantford Public Library and heading out to explore the downtown core. The day is all about learning about each other, sharing stories about our community, and having ...

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That’s What It’s All About

That’s What It’s All About

That’s What It’s All About I have been thinking recently about how space can be created or modified to create an opportunity for people to slow down and connect. These Hokey Pokey dance steps create that in Chattanooga, TN. It creates an opportunit...

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You Have a Friend in Chattanooga

You Have a Friend in Chattanooga

I had just arrived in Chattanooga and it was a sunny warm beautiful Easter Sunday. After dropping my bags at the hotel, I walked to the park on the river front. There was a couple sitting on a bench in the park and the guy was holding a baseball. I asked if he...

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Everyone Belongs Here

Everyone Belongs Here

Steamy hot pizza is on display in the front window of Golden Boy Pizza. My mouth waters looking at the varieties of delicious pizza that are available, but I also see the line of 10 – 15 people waiting to get in the door. The pizza at this North Beach fi...

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Sharing The Good News

Sharing The Good News

In the Southwest neighbourhood of Philadelphia, the Southwest CDC publishes the Globe Times. This local paper has been “bringing good news to the people” since 1945. One of the features is highlighting and sharing stories of one of the many neighbourhood b...

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