October News
Amplifier Gamelin : listening to Montreal voices
“I want to understand the world from your point of view.
I want to know what you know in the way you know it.”
These words from the late James P. Spradley, a leading American anthropologist, could be used to describe the motivations behind an ethnographic project that took place earlier this year in a park at the centre of Montreal.
Nestled between the Grande Bibliothèque, Montreal Central Station, Metro Berri‑UQAM, and a few office towers, Place Émilie-Gamelin is a square of greenery at the very heart of the metropolis. According to Karoline Truchon, Scientific Director of Amplifier Montréal, “It is a microcosm of Montreal.”
Last August and September, a team of ethnographers met with some of the people who regularly gravitate to the park to hear their stories about the area, as well as the vision they have of the city.
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Students help community through Vancouver's LEDLab
We’ve launched a new series profiling the winners of the Cities for People and RECODE Civic Innovation Awards. Our first article reports on Vancouver’s LEDLab, a community-university partnership between Ecotrust Canada and RADIUS Simon Fraser University, that matches graduate students to non-profit organizations like The Binners’ Project, which works to empower waste collectors and recyclers.
Learn more about LEDLab
Advancing wellbeing as a priority for schools
In its first year in BC, WellAhead worked with six pilot school districts to see if a set of core values, a participatory change process and a focus on everyday practices could deepen schools’ commitment to wellbeing. After reflecting on their learnings, WellAhead has made some significant shifts in its strategy towards the integration of wellbeing in Canadian schools. One key lesson? WellAhead may be able to achieve more impact by working at a network level, instead of directly with school districts.
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Spotlight on new grants 
The Trustees of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation have approved funding for several organizations and initiatives.
See the new grants
Here are some of our favourite blogs from the past month:
Ten Key Ingredients for Collective Impact
“Love the outcome, not the attribution”: this is one of the key ingredients the team at Dark Matter Laboratories argue is needed for collective impact to be effective. Read about their other ideas for how collective impact could work in city initiatives. 
Why tension and discomfort are steps toward Reconciliation
RECODE Program Director, Chad Lubelsky, shares his reflections on the Building Reconciliation Forum and the role of post-secondary education in implementing recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Committee.
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Looking Outward: New Horizons for Canadian Philanthropy
Vancouver | November 1-3 | Philanthropic Foundations Canada

This year’s Philanthropic Foundations Canada Conference will challenge us to explore new directions in our relationships with each other and in our work on sustainability and equality. Several Foundation staff and Board members will be in attendance — we hope to see you there!
The second Indigenous Innovation Summit will bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous social innovators, social entrepreneurs and Indigenous leaders for a landmark gathering. As part of the Summit, RECODE will host a dialogue on Integrating entrepreneurship learning opportunities for Indigenous students in Canadian post-secondary institutions, and Foundation President Stephen Huddart will speak on lessons learned from a Year in Indigenous-partnered philanthropy. We hope you will join us!
Foundation President and CEO Stephen Huddart joins fellow social  innovation thought leaders to discuss creating social change, the state of philanthropy, and the challenges and opportunities of making a better world.
Deadline: November 13
C2U is now accepting proposals for the 2017 C2Uexpo (May 3-5, 2017, Vancouver). Proposals are that demonstrate the role of community-campus partnerships in improving social, environmental, and community issues are invited.  
2016 Community Vital Signs reports

Over 20 communities have released a Vital Signs report so far in 2016, with more to come. The goal of these reports is to inspire civic engagement and provide focus for public debate. Read more about what’s happening in your community!

See all 20 Vital Signs reports here.
“Accelerate Canada’s coal-fired power phase-out to 2030” is one of the policy recommendations in a new report from the Pembina Institute on Canada’s progress in reducing carbon pollution over the last decade. Race to the Front provides policy recommendations for the upcoming pan-Canadian climate plan.
Course Correction: It's time to rethink Canadian biofuel policies

Canada’s biofuel programs have helped to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but at a high price, according to a new report from Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission. The Commission recommends that Canada implement cost-effective, technology-neutral policy approaches such as carbon pricing, complemented by flexible performance standards to achieve emission reduction goals.
Allyson Hewitt, McConnell Senior Social Innovation Fellow at MaRS Discovery District, spoke at Start Up Canada Canadian Entrepreneurship Institute recently, on Trends in the Caring Economy.
The half-hour illustrated talk is accessible here.
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