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Community Development, Community Engagement, Poverty

Development as Community Strategy

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… Continue reading Development as Community Strategy

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Automobile-Centric Development and Parking Requirements

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… Continue reading Automobile-Centric Development and Parking Requirements

Community Development, Community Engagement, Poverty

What does community development mean for Edmonton?

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… Continue reading What does community development mean for Edmonton?

Poverty

The possibility of the impossible

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… Continue reading The possibility of the impossible

Community Engagement

Community Engagement

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… Continue reading Community Engagement