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Abundant Community Edmonton

Submitted by Christie Nash on March 24, 2016 - 12:03pm

Have a listen to this Tamarack Webinar on the Abundant Community Edmonton initiative with special guests Howard Lawrence and Anne Harvey from the City of Edmonton-the innovators and activators of this unique neighbourhood-building framework.

In this informative and inspiring webinar, Anne and Howard are also joined by John McKnight and Peter Block. Working together closely over the years, John and Peter have helped to develop Abundant Community Edmonton with the City of Edmonton’s Citizen Services Department.


The Abundant Community Edmonton (ACE) is part of a large movement that is neighbourhood focused, citizen centered and gift based. It advances household connection and belonging within each block/cul-de-sac/building floor and within the neighbourhood as a whole. It helps to shape neighbourhood life according to residents’ vision for their neighbourhood, and facilitates neighbourliness by linking residents to groups, both existing and newly formed. This thoughtful initiative provides a framework for a neighbourhood to develop “social capital” and increase their “collective efficacy”, creating a more connected and capable neighbourhood.