eNewsletter of Calgary's Generative Journalism News Co-Op | February 12, 2015

Here are some of the stories we've been telling this week:

Congregants glean insights from urban theology panel on poverty reduction

After years of proudly being one of Calgary's "Community Inns" - temporary emergency shelters for the homeless - Grace Presbyterian Church is asking how else it might contribute to addressing issues of poverty and homelessness in the city.

"We have many people here who are passionate and concerned about homelessness in the city and just what's happening in general across Canada, especially with the economic times," the Rev. Leslie Walker says. "We're trying to figure out how to direct those energies."Inn From the Cold 5

Calgary's Community Inns were started in the bitterly cold winter of 1996/1997. Volunteers from several churches gathered to ask what they might do to support those without homes particularly in inclement weather - and Inn from the Cold was born. Read more...

Arusha Centre to host Feb. 24 roundtable as part of national We Are Cities campaign

From the Calgary Dollars complementary currency to Relocalize Fairs, the City of Calgary has long been home to the kinds of efforts that strengthen its future possibilities as a city of true resilience, prosperity and inclusivity.

Those who have been involved in shaping these and related efforts are now invited to join a national campaign to support the creation of provincial and federal policy that enables more of this great work to occur at the municipal level.

On Feb. 24, the Arusha Centre will be hosting one of dozens of roundtables taking place across the country with the intention of drawing on Canadians' expertise to generate relevant policy suggestions. Read more...

Project investigates possibilities for supporting provincial social innovation ecosystem's growth

Last spring, the Alberta government announced the launch of a $1-billion Social Innovation Endowment Fund. When the fund was cancelled in early December, the question surfaced, is there energy to pursue strengthening Alberta's capacity for social innovation through a community-driven, province-wide initiative?

Research over the last couple of months suggests the answer is yes. Read more...

Blog: Sarah Arthurs

That horizon line where the golden brown of prairie meets the shock blue of Alberta sky has always fascinated me. And after finding a seat in the upper reaches of the Jack Singer Concert Hall for Michael Green's Celebration of Life, that is what I saw - a large screen filled with horizon and Michael Green looking into some possible place and possible future.

And it seems from the tributes, stories and joy that were shared, Michael was always being called by possibility and invited others along with him into all that was not yet, but might be.   

Now as we look out across the vista of our community with Michael no longer on the horizon, what are some possible legacies we might consider? Read more...

In Other News

Sesquicentennial, Anyone?

As Canada's 150th anniversary in 2017 approaches, various initiatives are encouraging us to think about what this awesome anniversary might mean and how it might make a difference in the history of our country. How can we best celebrate all we enjoy and love about Canada and being Canadian? Canada 300 is one such opportunity. Let's get started!

Canada 300 is coming to Calgary on March 9-10. Check out their website or contact Brian Woodward, Canada 300 regional facilitator, regarding tickets at brian.woodward@shaw.ca.

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