Another Reason Why We Need More Libraries and Cafes

 
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Having a Library or Café Down the Block Could Change Your Life.  A new study shows that living near community-oriented public and commercial spaces brings a host of social benefits, such as increased trust, decreased loneliness, and a stronger sense of attachment to where we live. Read more at this link.

Roomies with a Twist: A Creative Housing Solution That Works

01 26 2019 Roommates UofTDSC03615 leadThe Toronto HomeShare Pilot Project is a provincially funded partnership between the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly – housed at U of T – and the City of Toronto, that  matches post-secondary students with older adults willing to rent their unused space for the academic year. 

Ontario Trillium Foundation Cut by $15M

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The Ontario Ford government is cutting $15M in the current budget (13%). Read more in this CBC article to better understand the significance of this cut. Read Brenda Herchmer's response here.  

You Gotta Have Art

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77% of Canadians agree or strongly agree that arts experiences help them feel part of their local community. Article from Municipal World: 5 Ways to Build a Culture of Belonging Through Arts and Culture. Read more at this link.

Small Towns That Refuse To Die

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The small towns that refuse to die: Schemes to woo new blood about more than just staying alive. Read more.  

Where Do You Want to Work?

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This blog by Seth Godin is brilliant, succinct and should really make you think about why work is or isn't going well. It will make you think not only about the future of work but where you personally want to be working. Read more at this link. 

Designing to Reduce Loneliness?

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Can we resdesign cities to fight loneliness?  Simple and smart ideas to create more connections in city life.

Read more at this link.

Is Kindness Part of Your Brand Vision?

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Kindness means good business so make kindness a part of your brand vision.  

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Promising Practice: Doctors Prescribing a Dose of Art?

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Doctor's Orders: The Montreal Museum of Fine Art (MMFA) partnered with the Médecins francophones du Canada doctors’ organization to let doctors write prescriptions for museum visits. 

Read More at this Link

Is Loneliness Making Us Sick?

 

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When British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a minister of loneliness in January, it made news all over the world. Was a ministry devoted to something as intangible as a feeling seriously a thing? The jokes comparing the position to Monty Python’s “Ministry of Silly Walks” almost wrote themselves.

Read more at this link.

 

Three Tips for Becoming an Energizer

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Some people become leaders no matter what their chosen path because their positive energy is so uplifting.

Even in tough times, they always find a way. They seem to live life on their own terms even when having to comply with someone else’s requirements. When they walk into a room, they make it come alive.

Read more from Rosabeth Moss Kanter at this link. 

20 Things a City Can Do to Boost the Quality of Public Life

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Benches, trees, multi-modal transportation, and local food are a few of the suggestions in the Center for Active Design’s new Civic Design Guidelines. 

Read More At This Link. 

Innovation: Who Else is Doing It?

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This excellent thought-provoking article by Rosabeth Moss Kanter takes a look at innovation and what it really means. 

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The Rapid Pace of Change & Its Meaning for Municipal Leaders

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The rapid pace of change – and what it means for municipal leaders via Municipal World.

Is Canada Really a Great Place to Raise Kids?

"In a poll, most Canadians thought that we were a top-five country for kids. We’re far from being a leading country.

How-To's For Finding Breakthrough Ideas

Stuck? Looking to jumpstart new ways of thinking and fresh ideas? 

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3 Leadership Trends Debunked

One would think that focusing on your leadership strengths, authentic leadership, and taking a stance were tried and true leadership trends.  Research may suggest otherwise.

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And We Thought Uber Was A Good Thing

 A recent set of partnerships between Uber Canada and various car-

Mobilizing the Village

Great article from Baltimore about a program called Thread that is mobilizing the community to ensure kids have hope and success. Interesting to see how they are using an app called Tapestry.

 

People Show Up in Different Ways

The Windsor City Council Compensation Review Committee was disappointed that not a single member of the public showed up at a meeting this week to say whether the mayor and city councillors deserve pay raises.

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