NCC urbanism-lecture-series monthly starts September 20

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Sep 122016

The National Capital Commission (NCC) launched the third season of the Capital Urbanism Lab Lecture Series . The Capital Urbanism Lab is a unique forum where experts, leaders and the public share ideas about how to build an inspiring capital.

“This season’s lecture series builds on our efforts to foster dialogue and debate on the issues and trends that are shaping urbanism and design in our Capital. Our team has put together an impressive slate of speakers and topics that will, no doubt, spark lively conversations in person and online throughout the year,” said Dr. Mark Kristmanson, Chief Executive Officer of the National Capital Commission.

Lab events will run between September 2016 and June 2017. The lecture series will kick off with a visit to Ottawa by the Washington D.C.-based National Capital Planning Commission. Register now.  Summary of series:

Nov 032015

November 2 I attended several of 3-dozen events at the Jewish Community learning festival.  Thankfully I arrived in time for FCA’s Lorne Cutler‘s clear and useful presentation on Social Finance replete with his up-to-the-minute examples.  It’s a new field.  Get new resources for your community good work.  Contact Lorne for more info, or network with him at an FCA meeting.  We’re hearing sponsorships funds may be coming for year 2017; opportunities for leveraging.

At adjoining Jewish Community learning sessions I met two scholars with insights into revision history and theology of faith-based stories; a gay hi-tech early retiree releasing his new political expose-book, “Conservative Confidential”;  a prominent media CBC personality offering himself to the conference’s Human Library; a medically-trained Sex Clinician/psychologist; a military chaplain/Rabbi, and a community-collections archivist.  Oh, and I had a bag lunch while listening to a chorus — all for $20!  Energetic festivals are in place and growing their cultural, sport, family themes including the derby race at Manotick Mayfair at Kanata, the major days at Glebe, Hintonburg/Mechanicsville Westfest, and many others in Ottawa’s East, South and thriving in many outer suburbs.  Most days-long events started small, built on success, grew volunteers, brought out the general public, families, and fun show-offs and heritage buffs.

Sharing the theme:  — is your community planning or growing its own public fun learning festival — promoting community character and engagement? — check out or add to this how-to link: sml educational ca

Grants for Your Community

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Oct 302015

Here is a handy directory for FCA Members and other groups looking for money for  community projects saving or repairing the environment.  Sums offered range from $500 to $100,000.  Deadlines for application vary throughout the year.  Please share your experience and successes in applying for these funds!