Capitalizing on News-making/Digital Tools to Enhance a Community
Thursday April 17, 2014
How can we leverage the news-making and digital tools at our disposal to host an authentic, meaningful conversation that actually generates change in its relevant community? That’s the question surfacing among many of those whose work it is to capture and co-create the emerging story of an organization, community or system. In some ways, “capturing” the story can be the easy part. But how to have it “grow legs” and go out and make a better world? Is there a one-size-fits-all answer? What possibilities are people seeing on this front? What are you trying already? We’d love to hear from you on these questions. Please e-mail assignment(at)axiomnews.ca.
A Community Movement Afoot
Thursday April 17, 2014
From Senegal to India to the U.S. and Canada, a movement is afoot to return to neighbourhoods and local community as the source of solutions and thriving. A recent gathering of members of a network called the Constellation, which Axiom News team member Michelle Strutzenberger also joined, reinforced this. With a presence in about 60 countries, the Constellation works from the premise that every community has the capacity to respond to life's challenges, to build a common vision, to act and to adapt.
Social Enterprise Alliance Announces New Emerging Leaders Program
Friday March 28, 2014
Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) created a new “50 Under 40” cohort program to develop, engage and connect 50 promising leaders under the age of 40. Participants were selected based on their social enterprise accomplishments and contributions. Winners will receive complimentary registration for SEA’s Summit 14, April 13-16 in Nashville. Click here for a list of the winners.
Exploring Deep Community with Paul Born, Peter Block
Thursday March 6, 2014
How do we create a deep community? Paul Born, founder of the Tamarack Institute and author of Deepening Community, Peter Block, thought leader and author, will be discussing community in a March 27 free webinar. Topics include how to identify a deep community over a shallow one, what leaders and organizers can gain from a stronger community and examples of stewardship and deep community in action. More
Exploring the Collaborative Economy
Tuesday February 11, 2014
April Rinne recently embarked on a Canadian speaking tour sharing how the collaborative economy has the potential to transform the way we design products and services, create sustainable and "shareable" cities, re-imagine public services, reduce waste and connect communities. April, chief strategy officer of Collaborative Lab, visited Canada as part of the Cities for People launch, a Canada-wide experiment to create more resilient and livable cities. She shared a variety of worldwide innovative examples during her presentations in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.
100 in 1 Day Comes to Toronto, Vancouver
Friday January 31, 2014
The citizen-driven movement to collectively implement 100 urban interventions in one day – which started in Bogota in 2012 and has been rippling through South America and worldwide ever since – is set to take stage in Toronto and Vancouver on June 7. Montreal was the first Canadian city to participate in 100 in 1 Day on Oct. 5, 2013. Weekly workshops will begin in Toronto and Vancouver at the end of February in order to build up to the culminating event in the spring. More(Image source: 100 in 1 Day Cape Town Facebook Page)
Ontario’s South Asian Community Briefed on Co-ops
Wednesday January 29, 2014
Iffat Zehra, grant writer and co-op development consultant, is seeking to ensure that the approximately 800,000 new Canadians of south Asian background living in Ontario have access to information about the co-operative movement in Canada. Iffat recently wrote on an Urdu-language article on co-ops in Canada for the Urdu Times, a weekly Urdu-language newspaper with cross-Canada distribution. Cultural sensitivity, language skills and co-op professional education are key to delivering this message most effectively, Iffat says in a recent brief for On Co-op. To read an English version of the article, click here.
Exploring a Model for Deepening Human-nature Connections
Thursday January 23, 2014
A recent event in Toronto was intended for city dwellers to explore how connecting with nature can inspire personal transformation. The evening gathering featured Jon Young, a cultural pioneer, author and naturalist who sees solutions to many of today's struggles within the natural environment. Jon presented on a model that integrates human-nature connections, which has demonstrated success in hundreds of communities worldwide. The host organization, PINE Project (Primitive Integrated Naturalist Education) is a registered charity with the goal of bringing "the wonders of the natural world back to the urban jungle." More
Social Enterprise Conference Slated for Toronto
Tuesday January 14, 2014
The Social Enterprise Toronto Conference 2014 takes place Jan. 29-30 at the Learning Enrichment Foundation. The conference will kick off with a bus tour of five Toronto social enterprises. The second day will feature speakers on topics of discussion such as marketing social enterprise, sharing start-up stories and what digital media can do for a social enterprise. The event also includes a social enterprise marketplace where social enterprise products and services will be available for sale. More
Top U.S. Biking City has Zero Biking Fatalities
Tuesday January 14, 2014
The path to creating a vibrant community that includes lots of active transportation isn’t necessarily strewn with roses. Chief among the concerns is the safety of those who take to the streets on their feet, two wheels and other human-powered vehicles. But a recent report from Portland should help ease at least some of the fears. The city, which is renowned for its support of the biking community, had no deaths from bike accidents in 2013. Portland also avoided any bike-related fatalities in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008 and 2010.