Thanks to the initiative of students from Smithville Christian High School, a partnership has been formed between the school and the Township of West Lincoln to create new walking trails in the urban area of Smithville, Ontario. The school and township were recently awarded $6,500 from the Niagara Community Foundation (NCF) to plant trees along a local existing trail and at three township parks. Pictured, Township of West Lincoln planner, Rachelle Larocque, and Smithville Christian High School students review a proposed trail design for the area. Read more.
Community News Co-op Moves Step Closer to Reality
Thursday May 23, 2013
A news site to be co-operatively owned by community members recently moved another step closer to reality. An organizing group met April 19 to discuss the nuts and bolts of advancing the pilot news site, which will serve the Haverhill, Massachusetts community. Tom Stites, a veteran journalist who’s worked at The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, came up with the idea of local news co-ops a few years ago and founded the Banyan Project to serve as an umbrella. The Banyan Project is aimed at serving what Tom calls “news deserts” — less-than-affluent communities that tend to be shunned by high-end advertisers and, thus, by the news organizations that rely on those advertisers. More
Axiom News CEO Peter Pula joins a conversation in Hiawatha, Iowa this week on community building. Facilitated by thought leaders Peter Block, John McKnight and Walter Brueggemann, the conversation was started in April with a two-day gathering. A structure to help advance this work will be created during the gathering this week. More
O'Hare Airport 'Goes Green' with Goats
Thursday May 16, 2013
Chicago’s Department of Aviation announced last week that O’Hare International Airport is getting its own herd of goats to help manage vegetation. Although the airport does expect to realize some "bottom line benefits from goat-powered landscaping," one goal of the project is to raise public awareness about environmental stewardship, according to this article. The goats will be responsible for trimming down foliage and "naturally recycling nutrients as fertilizer" on about 120 acres of the 7,000-acre airport.
Axiom News in Europe
Thursday May 16, 2013
Axiom News CEO Peter Pula meets with representatives of Axiomnieuws, a Belgian news firm inspired by the Canadian agency this week. He is also hosting conversations in Amsterdam with city officials and others interested in exploring the opportunities in a network of generative news entities.
Co-op Association Tackles Youth Financial Illiteracy
Thursday May 16, 2013
The Ontario Co‐operative Association has created a new resource and program to teach youth financial literacy. The program promotes budgeting and saving as well as credit unions. The association is partnering with credit unions to bring the program into elementary and high schools across the province. More
Toronto Urban Farm Gets Financial Boost
Tuesday May 14, 2013
A Toronto-based fund for youth-led social innovation projects announced this month it is lending $10,000 to an urban farm and farming network, Fresh City. A two-year-old operation, Fresh City has proven the financial sustainability of its business model, according to the Youth Social Innovation Capital Fund. Fresh City produces and delivers fresh, local, and organic groceries to subscribers. YSI is now launching a new call for applications for debt financing and support for youth social enterpreneurs. More
Power & Patriarchy in Community Building
Thursday May 9, 2013
An attendee of the Connecting for Community gathering in Cincinnati grapples with some thorny issues that surfaced at the April 26-28 event. April Doner weighs in with a hefty, well-written blog exploring such questions as: How do we practitioners of community building, with all our ideals of equality, empowerment and co-creation, replicate and reinforce structures of imbalanced power within our own movement? How are people in traditionally marginalized groups (women, people of color, people with lower incomes, etc.) left out, overlooked, or under-celebrated — and what can we do to change this? Read the blog
Timebanking Originator Joins Community Gathering
Thursday May 2, 2013
Widely recognized as the originator of timebanking, Edgar Cahn joined an April 24-26 event in Cincinnati on building community. Thought leader Peter Block hosted a brief conversation with Edgar on timebanking and what it can bring to a community. Based on the premise that everyone has something of value to offer, as well as that everyone is in need of some service or support, timebanking provides a structure for matching community members' gifts and needs. Edgar shared stories of both the challenges of timebanking and where it is thriving.
New Education Story Emerging in South Africa
Tuesday April 30, 2013
Using an asset-based approach to community development, an effort is underway in South Africa to restore the school to the centre of the community. Citizens are partnering with principals and teachers to educate "our" children. Principals are developing their leadership capacity through a reciprocal partnership with local business leaders. Currently 133 business leaders are working in 133 communities across the country. More