eNewsletter of Calgary's Generative Journalism News Co-Op | December 4, 2014

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

The story of Soul of the City Neighbour Grants

In December 2013, Calgary Economic Development and The Calgary Foundation launched the inaugural Soul of the City Neighbour Grants. Dozens of grant applications were submitted and in April five groups were selected by a live audience to be the recipients of these $5,000 grants. The money would be used to turn their grassroots ideas of how to enhance or revitalize their neighbourhood into reality and these projects would be undertaken alongside their neighbours.

The result? Five diverse Calgary communities came together to undertake some very meaningful projects. The best part? Their entire journey was captured in a 30-minute documentary to inspire and delight you: Our City, Our Soul - Five Neighbourhood Stories.

A group of residents from Dover turned an unused tennis court into an open community garden and used the grant to create a colourful community mural to welcome people to enjoy the once forgotten space. Read more...

Two groups investigate developing member-owned organization to support aging in community

One of the ideas explored at the recent Aging in Community workshop in Calgary was the Village model, a member-owned organization created to support older adults to age in community. There was considerable interest in taking steps towards creating such a member-owned, member-governed entity in Calgary.

A Nov. 28 New York Times article features the Village model, highlighting the inspiration and learning that can be gleaned from seniors who have been coming together to look after themselves and each other using this model for more than 10 years. Read more...

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