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Jumping Off Iowa’s Entrepreneurial Excitement, Journalists Launch Innovative Conversation Series

Team blends community conversations, media-making to heighten possibilities for connection, change and learning

Entrepreneurs may be the new celebrities in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, if the buzz that’s surrounding them these days is any indication. An event in November to launch 10 “baby” enterprises that had been carefully nurtured for three months prior drew 900 community members. This is a city that typically only sees that kind of crowd at a college football game or celebrity music concert.

Casapluma: The Power of Living Life with People to Improve their Lives

Community development that’s long-term, informal, unpredictable and alive

“I'm incredibly energized by the power of simple things,” Evangeline Hammond says. “ Soccer programs. Potlucks. Just sharing food.”

She’s not talking hypothetically. She's talking about the messy, hands-on, practical form of community development she and her roommates live every day, as the creators and residents of a community house called Casapluma.

Charles Holmes to Host New Economy Teleconference With Otto Scharmer, David Korten

Free participatory event on Dec. 8 will use MaestroConference for small-group discussions

Master convenor Charles Holmes is inviting wide participation in a free teleconference with New Economy thought leaders Otto Scharmer and David Korten on Dec. 8.

The call uses new technology that will allow deeper engagement with the subject in small-group discussions.

Love the City Conference Gathers Faith and Secular Leaders to Combat Poverty

Making connections and pooling resources for a shared vision

How can we combat poverty and inequality in Calgary, right now? Spark. Equip. Connect.

'It Feels Like We’ve Sparked a Movement'

People are thirsting to be involved in Calgary’s new poverty reduction initiative, and creatively finding their own ways to do so

Earlier this month a priest, rabbi and imam joined together to share a message on addressing poverty in Calgary — but not through a charity model.

Inspired by the Promise in Generative Journalism

New Scoop founders drawn to news that “catalyzes strengths, enables change”

While a mix of factors is drawing New Scoop’s founding members together, the promise they see in Generative Journalism is a key attractor.

The Real Winners in REAP Calgary’s Be Local Awards: the Community and Economy

Stephanie Jackman's vision is now a thriving ethical business network

When REAP Calgary’s second annual Be Local Awards are presented on November 19, there will be eight new winners — and they will be worthy of some special attention and respect. But these awards, much more than most, are part of a win-win process. The biggest winner may be the Calgary area community and economy.

Stopping Ebola: Group Proposes Approach that’s Halted Past Outbreaks

Key is empowering local communities to lead the way in containing the virus, they say

Reports from the Democratic Republic of the Congo indicate that a recent Ebola outbreak has been stopped with comparably few deaths. In parts of West Africa, however, fear ­— and the disease ­— continue to rage. So what’s different in the Congo? Does it have a more robust health-care system than, for instance, Sierra Leone, where an outbreak shows no signs of slowing down?

Building Calgary’s Social Economy – One Generative News Story at a Time

New Scoop news co-op invites people to Oct. 3 engagement event

Can a new approach to news help build Calgary’s social economy? As someone deeply engaged in the area of social entrepreneurship, Mark Durieux sees tremendous possibility for this.

Our Rutland: Raising the Bar on Public Engagement

A neighbourhood project in Kelowna shows what small communities can do

Smaller Canadian communities with limited budgets are using new tools and methods for public engagement — and raising the bar on what is possible.

A park improvement project underway in Kelowna, B.C., “Our Rutland,” is a good example.

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