When you’re blazing trails in neighbourhood initiatives,
it’s sometimes hard to envision the path ahead. However, there are
people and organizations pioneering this work across the country, and
beyond. Action for Neighbourhood Change (ANC) engaged several of these
key individuals in dialogue about their practice, their accumulated wisdom,
and the challenges they face in doing this work.
In the spirit of sharing and learning together, ANC
hosted a series of tele-learning seminars, inviting participation from
and from United Ways across Canada, as well as involving the five
ANC neighbourhoods. The result was a dynamic conversation which we
captured and animated online, with speakers and participants alike sharing
their rich depth of experience in neighbourhood revitalization.
We hope that this section will encourage you to think
deeply about your own neighbourhood initiatives. It will guide you in
thinking strategically and acting collaboratively, and, most of all, it
will connect you with some of the pioneers on this challenging but rewarding
In this section you'll find:
Making an Impact – Over two sessions,
Paul Born (Tamarack)
spoke with Ira Barbell of the Annie E. Casey Foundation about impact in
neighbourhood revitalization work. Ira is a Senior Associate with the
Foundation, and is a key player in their Making Connections initiative.
– Anne Kubisch and Patricia Auspos of the Aspen
Institute’s Roundtable for Community Change engaged in a conversation
Mark Cabaj of
Tamarack about vertical collaboration and collaboration across neighbourhoods.
Policy and Place
– Neil Bradford, of the University of Western Ontario and the Canadian
Policy Research Network, engaged in a conversation with Paul
Born of Tamarack.
They discussed the current state of research and learning about place-based
community building initiatives.
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