Tools and Publications


The Happiness Track

The Happiness Track

Mar. 10, 2017 in The Read
In The Happiness Track, Emma Seppälä, the science director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, explains that our inability to achieve sustainable fulfillment is tied to common b...
Building Resilient Neighbourhoods - Four Years of Learning

Building Resilient Neighbourhoods - Four Years of Learning

Mar. 8, 2017 in Tools
This new report provides the results of  the first four years of the Building Resilient Neighbourhoods program. The report shares lessons learned from implementing neighbourhood resiliency projects in the Capital Region. Building Resi...
Just Change, How to Collaborate for Lasting Impact

Just Change, How to Collaborate for Lasting Impact

Feb. 24, 2017 in The Read
In her new book, Living Cities' Chief Impact Officer, Tynesia Boyea-Robinson shares stories and case studies focused on innovative and collaborative approaches to large-scale social change. Read about leaders who have successfully created s...
Case for Cultivating Community | Adapting to Challenges, Sustaining Hope

Case for Cultivating Community | Adapting to Challenges, Sustaining Hope

Jan. 31, 2017 in Capacity Building
The following article by Sylvia Cheuy explores the idea of community resilience as an ability, a process and an outcome, and examines ways in which communities can become more resilient. Read the excerpt below or dig deeper by download...
Drawn Together Through Visual Practice

Drawn Together Through Visual Practice

Jan. 2, 2017 in Tools
The new anthology Drawn Together through Visual Practice demonstrates the power of visuals as a sensemaking device in an age of unprecedented complexity. In this anthology, 27 contributors share experience-based me...
Resilient Streets Toolkit

Resilient Streets Toolkit

Dec. 28, 2016 in Articles
This toolkit is designed to help you (and your neighbours!) start making your building, street or block more resilient with some fun, hands-on projects. We’re deliberately suggesting projects that can be done by small groups of people...
Characteristics of a Resilient Community or Neighbourhood — A Checklist

Characteristics of a Resilient Community or Neighbourhood — A Checklist

Dec. 26, 2016 in Tools
Building Resilient Neighbourhoods has developed this checklist framework as a tool for helping understand the level of resilience capacity that exists in a neighbourhood or community. It is divided into four broad dimensions: Attitudes and ...
Change for the Audacious:  A Doer\'s Guide by Steve Waddell

Change for the Audacious: A Doer's Guide by Steve Waddell

Nov. 8, 2016 in The Read
This new book focuses on approaching enormous global challenges from the perspective of creating a future that is not just "sustainable", but also flourishing.  Steve Waddell suggests that the challenges of issues such as climate chang...
The Read: Lean Startups for Social Change

The Read: Lean Startups for Social Change

Oct. 19, 2016 in The Read
“There’s a new way to change the world,” writes social entrepreneur Michel Gelobter. It's called the lean startup—but it’s not just for new ventures. It’s been revolutionizing businesses of all ages for y...
Growing Impact - Learning and Leadership Cohort Launched

Growing Impact - Learning and Leadership Cohort Launched

Sep. 16, 2016 in Articles
How do communities innovate to increase their impact on complex issues in their communities?” Four communities from distinct health authorities are working to grow their impact through the inaugural healthy communities learning and l...
PHABC Summer School - Promoting Health and Sustainability: The Case of Climate Change and Energy Use

PHABC Summer School - Promoting Health and Sustainability: The Case of Climate Change and Energy Use

Sep. 9, 2016 in Healthy Communities/Cities
Photo of BCHC Board Member Trevor Hancock - a keynote speaker at the 2016 PHABC Sumemr School. On July 11-12th, BC Healthy Communities’ (BCHC) practicum student, Katie Howatson, had the opportunity to volunteer at the Public Health A...
Age-Friendly Communities Evaluation Guide: Using Indicators to Measure Progress

Age-Friendly Communities Evaluation Guide: Using Indicators to Measure Progress

Jun. 22, 2016 in Tools
The Age-Friendly Communities Evaluation Guide has been developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada (the Agency) as part of its ongoing commitment to promoting the use of the Age-Friendly Communities (AFC) model throughout Cana...
Laughing Allowed: A How-to Guide for Making a Physical Comedy Show to Build Neighbourhood Resilience

Laughing Allowed: A How-to Guide for Making a Physical Comedy Show to Build Neighbourhood Resilience

Jun. 8, 2016 in Articles
In the fall of 2014, a group of people in Victoria, Canada who shared both an interest in their neighbourhood and a quirky sense of humour were brought together to explore a question: Could they turn their experiences of the ups and...
Increasing Our Ability to Evaluate Complexity

Increasing Our Ability to Evaluate Complexity

Dec. 8, 2015 in Articles
The following article was reprinted with permission from fsg.org. Find the original article from Oct. 22 here. Evaluation can be a powerful force for change within organizations. As a result of how we assess our efforts, we pay attention t...
Getting to Impact: Beyond Population Level Indicators

Getting to Impact: Beyond Population Level Indicators

Oct. 6, 2015 in Articles
The following has been reprinted from the September issue of Engage! magazine. Collective Impact has increased our focus on moving the needle on population level changes. John Kania, Managing Partner of FSG Social Impact Consultants a...
Local Government Action Guides for Healthy Communities

Local Government Action Guides for Healthy Communities

Jun. 24, 2015 in Tools
These Action Guides support British Columbia’s local governments in their efforts to build healthier communities for all. They shares promising practices and examples of how local governments can create conditions that support he...