Stephanie Jackman's vision is now a thriving ethical business network
Wednesday October 22, 2014
When REAP Calgary’s second annual Be Local Awards are presented on November 19, there will be eight new winners — and they will be worthy of some special attention and respect. But these awards, much more than most, are part of a win-win process. The biggest winner may be the Calgary area community and economy.
Key is empowering local communities to lead the way in containing the virus, they say
Tuesday October 21, 2014
Reports from the Democratic Republic of the Congo indicate that a recent Ebola outbreak has been stopped with comparably few deaths. In parts of West Africa, however, fear — and the disease — continue to rage. So what’s different in the Congo? Does it have a more robust health-care system than, for instance, Sierra Leone, where an outbreak shows no signs of slowing down?
Unfolding stories of employee-owned companies in Saskatchewan and Manitoba point to possibilities
Wednesday October 1, 2014
It was a frigid, early Saturday morning in January, 2013, when POS Bio-Sciences first gathered its staff to explore the possibility of becoming employee owned. Despite the timing and weather, more than 80 per cent of the Saskatchewan company’s 100-plus staff showed up. For CEO and president Dale Kelly, that was a strong indicator of where the conversation would lead.
Regional pioneers share their passion, intentions, hopes
Tuesday September 23, 2014
A small social enterprise in Nova Scotia that employs people who have a disability has just doubled its capacity to make a difference, thanks to a new contract with a major corporation. For the corporation, the contract is miniscule compared to its overall revenues. But for the social enterprise, the additional revenues have the potential to enable a complete transformation.
Lessons from the most successful public engagement in Canadian municipal history
Friday September 19, 2014
When the City of London, Ontario began a once-in-a-generation rewrite of its official plan two years ago, its planners set out to accomplish something few communities have imagined or tried. Putting the topic on the public’s lips in a year-long conversation, and emerging with a clear consensus on a shared vision.
The result was the most successful public engagement process in Canadian municipal history, full of lessons about what other cities can make possible.
Creating a new culture of aging in New Brunswick has to be a collective effort, collaborative recognizes
Thursday September 18, 2014
A Sept. 9 political parties’ forum on the topic of healthy aging and care in New Brunswick is another demonstration that a grassroots effort “gets it.” Neither government nor the “citizenry” is capable of achieving the degree of change the province requires in the coming years alone — the work has to be a collective effort.
Civic tech software is giving more citizens a voice in local decisions
Monday September 15, 2014
Imagine that the citizens of your community can participate meaningfully in important local issues from the comfort of their own homes, at any time of day that’s convenient, without taking a lot of time.
A new benchmark for citizen engagement in the future of a city
Friday September 12, 2014
If you want a window into the future of planning in Canada, look to London, Ontario. The city has involved more than 15,000 people in the largest public engagement on a planning process in Canadian history. The draft plan released a few weeks ago is so innovative it rewrites the playbook for what a plan can be.