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What We Heard

Posted by: Mark Holmgren / October 18, 2018

This report compiles the feedback from those who attended the ArtsCommon 118 Community Party and Engagement Event on August 29, 2018 and attended our AC 118 booth at the Kaleido Family Arts Festival, September 14-16, 2018. The party/event took place on the land on which ArtsCommon 118 will be built – on either side of…

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ArtsCommon 118 Community Engagement

Posted by: Mark Holmgren / September 10, 2018

The vision for ArtsCommon 118 has roots going back nearly 10 years, beginning with significant community engagement led by Arts on the Avenue and Arts Habitat Edmonton, involving hundreds of community stakeholders who shared their ideas, needs, and aspirations for the kind of community hub we are now designing and working hard to make feasible,…

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Moneyball in McCauley: Using Analytics to Inform Potential Investment Decisions

Posted by: Karen Gingras / September 10, 2018

You may recall the film “Moneyball” where Brad Pitt played Billy Beane, the General Manager for the Oakland A’s who used analytics to improve the A’s chances of being successful – AKA – winning the world series. 

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Development
as Community Strategy

Posted by: Mark Holmgren / August 22, 2018

In my first three months as the executive director of the Edmonton Community Development Company, I estimate I have had over 100 meetings, most of them being one to one conversations or small group discussions about the communities in which people live and/or work. We talked about community aspirations, community pain, and the plethora of

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Automobile-Centric Development
and Parking Requirements

Posted by: Mark Holmgren / August 22, 2018

Strong Towns is an American movement that a colleague turned me on to the other day, and it is not only a provocative movement, it offers an array of new thinking about the rules that cities and towns have when it comes to development, whether housing and business development or the inclusion of city services.

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What does community
development mean for Edmonton?

Category: Community Development, Category: Community Engagement, Category: Poverty
Posted by: Mark Holmgren / January 12, 2018

Elsewhere on our website, you will find this definition: Community development is… local action that creates economic opportunities and enhances the social and environmental conditions in communities. It understands that sustainable development requires an integrated approach to complex community problems. Strategic priorities include structural economic change, local ownership of resources, social development, environmental stewardship, labour market…

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The possibility of the impossible

Category: Poverty
Posted by: Mark Holmgren / January 07, 2018

When Mayor Don Iveson formed the Mayor’s Task Force to Eliminate Poverty a few years ago, I had two reactions. First, I knew the Mayor would be admonished for thinking poverty could be eliminated (which he was). Second, I wanted to get a seat at that table (and I was blessed to receive an invitation…

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Community Engagement

Posted by: Mark Holmgren / January 06, 2018

Given the mandate of the ECDC, authentic community engagement is not only desirable; it is a necessity. “Authentic  community  engagement  is  the  intentional  process  of  co-­‐creating solutions  to  inequities  in  partnership  with  people  who  know  through  their  own experiences  the barriers  to  opportunity  best.  Authentic  community  engagement  is grounded  in building relationships  based  on  mutual…

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