convening & collaborating
If you want to walk fast, walk alone.
If you want to walk far, walk together.
- West African proverb
CCSD brings together people from all sectors and the public to engage and share perspectives. By drawing on our strategic design expertise, we create safe spaces that permit and encourage, not sublimate opposing views and differences, ensuring all sides are heard and better understood.
These collaborative environments, be they peer-to-peer learning exchanges, or one off summits or workshops, are informed by both the quantitative and qualitative data and research, and stimulate the needed dialogue that should and must happen before meaningful and sustainable change occurs and implemented.
Peer-to-peer Learning Exchanges
Community Data Canada - a national data hub with partners from the Federal, Provincial and municipal levels of government, the private sector and not for profits, that is seen as the most comprehensive social, economic and neighbourhood level sharing of data in the country
Community Data Program has been a key enabler in strengthening community development through anchoring our ability to construct the “facts” in the narrative. Understanding and maximizing the use and interpretation of the data and translating the data into meaningful stories that strengthen our collective understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing local communities are central elements of the program
Community X-Change new on the landscape, with different partners preforming the lead in different communities, these community tables welcome diversity and the participation of all the sectors and the public, and are focused on taking the facts and associate narratives to the next level through discussion, debate, rethinking and reframing, and ultimately triaging priorities for action
Forums, Summits, Workshops etc.
Canadian Social Forum – biannual event
Summits, Webinars, Workshops at the national, regional and community levels, bringing our diverse partners together to learn from each other, profile innovation and build better outcomes
On-going work within our family of not for profit social and human services partners to apply new approaches, evidence and thinking to challenges that through traditional approaches seem intractable
Work is now underway to bring together the various partner organizations that either produce, use, or both, data to build their narratives, with a view to working toward a non-proprietary community frame of indicators spanning the social, economic, environmental and cultural areas from a community perspective
National and International Networks
Canadian Network of Labs – working with a small constellation of ‘labs’ in Canada, sharing best practices, tools and methodologies, and collaborating on projects and research – specifically working with key partners to scale the Ottawa Design Lab concept to other communities across Canada
Collaboratories – working with diverse communities nationally and abroad learning together - sharing best practices, tools and methodologies, as well as collaborating on projects and research, understanding that social stresses and challenges are endemic to our society today
CCSD has partnered with Ann Dale on collaborator activities. Since being awarded Royal Roads’ first Canada Research Chair in 2004, Ann Dale has received national and international recognition for her research in the field of sustainable community development. Her research on governance, innovation and community vitality is designed to provide useful knowledge to Canadian decision-makers. Dale is deeply committed to online conversations on critical public policy issues and novel research dissemination tools, such as her YouTube channel, HEADTalks. An active researcher, Dale leads MC3, a climate change adaptation and mitigation research program studying best practices and innovations in community responses throughout British Columbia. Learn more by visiting her personal blog and her Canada Research Chair blog.