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Community Development

Co-creating Change at the Neighbourhood Level

Category: Affordable Housing, Category: Community Development, Category: Homelessness
Posted by: Mark Holmgren / March 16, 2020

Recently, Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada published the results of a survey gauging Canadians’ attitudes toward the economy, their perceived degree of power and influence over their own lives, and the roles that cooperatives might play in improving conditions for Canadians. According to David Coletto, who wrote about the study on the Abacus Data site: “The…

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Social Enterprise Bootcamp Registration

Posted by: Matt Steringa / February 19, 2020
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90+ McCauley residents pull off investment miracle

Posted by: Mark Holmgren / January 27, 2020

Community development is in its prime when a community identifies an aspiration, organizes a collaborative plan, and invests local talent, time, and money in the cause. Ideally, the community will own and control what it has created; community development practitioners know, however, that community ownership of a venture or initiative is a rarity. Not this…

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Market Research re: ArtsCommon 118’s Black Box

Posted by: Mark Holmgren / September 10, 2019

This summer, Edmonton CDC has been furthering its community engagement work for ArtsCommon 118 in the Alberta Avenue District – this time specifically with Edmonton’s performing community. A tip of the hat to Katherine Kerr for her work on this project. The need for a performance venue has been at the heart of the community’s…

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Neighbourhood Opportunity Development Co-ops

Posted by: Mark Holmgren / September 05, 2019

One thing we have noticed in our community engagement work in neighbourhoods is how incredibly committed and passionate residents and local business owners are about the neighbourhoods in which they live, work, and play. People want to see development in their area of town that aligns with their collective aspirations and needs, and it is…

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The Fraser Land – Imagination Abounds

Category: Community Development, Category: Fraser
Posted by: Mark Holmgren / July 17, 2019

Posting by Karen Gingras, Director of Neighbourhood Development Having been raised on a small farm in northeastern Alberta, I associate vacant land with fields that produce food for people and animals. Oddly enough, the land in Fraser has always been a field. Houses were built around it, yet the land remained vacant even after the…

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Community Engagement Matters

Category: Community Development, Category: Community Engagement, Category: Fraser, Category: McCauley
Posted by: Mark Holmgren / March 12, 2019

posting by Karen Gingras There are various strategies for involving people in land development and at the Edmonton Community Development Company, we are taking instruction from people who reside in neighbourhoods to create effective community engagement. For example, while data provides us with valuable information, understanding a neighbourhood’s history and culture is often best sourced…

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What is “People First Community Development”?

Posted by: Mark Holmgren / December 03, 2018

The Edmonton CDC is committed to People First Community Development, which means we are committed to People First Community Engagement. It is so fundamental to our work that it is the tagline in our logo. Here is what that term means to us and our work in Edmonton neighbourhoods. Development is always about people Whether…

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Rethinking Homeless Shelters

Category: Community Development, Category: Homelessness, Category: Poverty
Posted by: Mark Holmgren / December 01, 2018

There has been a lot of press lately about homeless people camping in the river valley. You can read a few articles here and here. The City of Edmonton is undertaking a study on alternative ways to provide interim housing to the homeless that would serve as an alternative to camping rough and lessen the…

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Artist Views on ArtsCommon 118

Posted by: Mark Holmgren / November 16, 2018

As part of our community engagement activities regarding ArtsCommon 118, we undertook two focus groups with 18 Artists. Fourteen filled out an assessment form that asked for their “happiness” ranking on 10 key program elements of the project. In aggregate for all ten elements, the happiness rate was 79%; 19% offered “neutral” rankings and only…

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