Making Strangers into Neighbours: The Abundant Community Initiative
Presenters: Howard Lawrence and Anne Harvey
The Abundant Community Initiative (ACI) helps to shape neighbourhood life according to residents’ vision and facilitates neighbourliness by linking residents to groups, existing and newly formed, within the neighbourhood, providing a framework for a neighbourhood to develop “social capital” and increase their “collective efficacy”.
Edmonton’s Community Services department is supporting neighbourhoods in Edmonton with establishing a framework of engagement and connection using the ACI tools and resources piloted throughout 2013 and 2014. This workshop provides participants with an overview of how ACI got started, where it’s at now, and a look at the hopes and plans for this year and beyond.
Presentation from the 2015 Alberta Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference and Energize Workshop