Community Animator's blog

Michael Jones Interview at Community: Programs and Policies

Michael Jones is a leadership educator, dialogue facilitator, writer, and pianist/composer who participated in Tamarack's Communities: Programs and Policies event in Kitchener, Ontario on 23-26 June, 2014.

Vickie Cammack Interview at Community: Programs and Policies

Vickie Cammack addressing isolation through intentional networks and the use of technology to connect people with caregivers.

Inspiring Neighbourhoods

A list of 5 community movements that are inspiring our Deepening Community Animator. What is inspiring you?

Welcome to Deepening Community

Imagine: city planners designing neighbourhoods to increase social capital; elderly people staying in their neighbourhoods for another 5 years; mental health rates declining because neighbours are caring for each other and creating a greater sense of connection and belonging together.

Neighbourhood Strategy: Redefining your Neighbourhood

What does the word neighbourhood mean to you? Does it run parallel with porch parties, gathering at the park or on your front porch, great possibilities, or deliberately engaging with others to develop a more vibrant healthy community?

Darwin: Re-examined

Taking care of one another and looking out for one another has been an evolutionary prerequisite. It is why we have survived.

Empowerment for health as simple as ABCD

The people and communities who need to become empowered are those who lack control over their lives and their health. But working together, they can take on big issues and create social, political, environmental and economic changes in their communities that lead to improved health and human development.

Enhancing Social Connectedness for Healthier Communities

In their latest publication, Planh provides some great resources ideas for what local governments can do to increase social connectedness in communities. They also hosted an informative webinar featuring Milton Friesen, Louise Roberts and Stacy Barter and provided a number of valuable resources.

Practical Ways to Foster More Inclusive Community Planning and Design

Cities and towns of all sizes struggle with how to involve the most representative sample of their population in their community design efforts. This post specifies practical ways to engage groups who are typically underrepresented in community efforts.

Waterloo's Uptown West Syrian Refugees Support Group

The Uptown West Neighbourhood Association is a community group, interested in promoting community in our neighbourhood. It is interesting, that one of the issues which has galvanized the group most was not one of their local community, but that of the plight of Syrian refugees half way around the world.