Canadian Cities are made up of communities. It is at the community scale that people interact, where ideas are born and where there is a real opportunity to create meaningful change. But people in communities can also be disconnected from each other and even more disconnected from the systems that affect their lives. The key to understanding communities is understanding how people are connected. When information, ideas, relationships, supports and resources are understood and shared across the players in a community, talents and assets can be combined and mobilized in multiple ways. When people and organizations work together in different ways over time, they begin to foster a sense of shared identity and belonging. A shared narrative begins to develop, new ideas are sparked, and with good facilitation, multiple players from multiple sectors can all play a role in continuous community improvement.
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