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Article Using Community Capitals to Develop Assets for Positive Community Change

This article presents "a dynamic approach to planning, strategizing, and monitoring change processes using approaches that are asset based, framed by the Appreciative Inquiry approach [which Animators will recognize as similar to the 5Ds] to work with people and change,…

November 22, 2021
Article The Learning Zone Model

Imagine that you've been asked to do something completely new. Something beyond your experience or skills. How would you react? Would you be excited about the prospect of learning something new? Or would you feel stressed and overwhelmed? This article…

November 19, 2021
Video Innovations in Human Flourishing

With this 15-minute introductory video, journalist Richard Sergay kicks off his latest documentary series on Human Flourishing, and what it means to an array of global luminaries in fields including psychology, medicine, spirituality, and the arts. Watch

November 18, 2021
Guide The Essential Guide to Doing Transition

What is Transition? "Transition is a movement that has been growing since 2005. It is about communities stepping up to address the big challenges they face by starting local. By coming together, they are able to create solutions together. They…

November 18, 2021
Guide Guide to Sharing Circles

The intention of creating a sacred space- The Sharing Circle basic recipe is very simple but is open to lots of additional personal flavour.  Schools, families, colleagues, friends, support groups and even complete strangers can all benefit and so we…

September 24, 2021
Article Community Tool Box: Spreading Hope

Learn how and why communicating and modeling hopefulness about the future can strengthen both positive individual and community behaviors. Read More

September 22, 2021
Learning/ Training Website Inquiry Method

Inquiry is about questions. It is approaching every interaction, every situation, every opportunity with questions about what can be learned in this moment, in this situation, with this person. In the emergent, unpredictable world of complex systems, inquiry is the…

September 15, 2021
Guide Questions for Connection

In order to foster wellbeing within ourselves and within our communities, we must nourish six types of connection: Connection to body and self Connection to family, friends, and community Connection to land and ground Connection to the sacred Connection to…

September 15, 2021
Toolkit Prototyping Toolkit

This toolkit will help you with a step-by-step guide to designing, testing and reflecting how your solution is improving community wellness. This is about building prototypes not pilots. [pdf-embedder url="https://ruralmentalhealth.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/RECOVER-PrototypingToolkitNov2020.pdf" title="RECOVER-+Prototyping+Toolkit+Nov+2020"]

September 15, 2021
Guide Self-Location Guide

Indigenous-based methods are about how you can approach your work with a relational lens. To incorporate Indigenous ways of knowing and being into RECOVER, we try to centre intentional relationship-ing. This means it is important to become conscious of how…

September 15, 2021
Article Publication The Case for Healthy Places

The Case for Healthy Places is a free report of peer-reviewed research on healthy placemaking initiatives that offers evidence-based guidance, recommendations, and case studies for health institutions, community organizations, and other partners.  Produced with generous support from Kaiser Permanente and Anne T.…

September 15, 2021
Article Publication Mental Health & Well-being – Considerations for the built environment

This report discusses several elements of the built environment that can impact mental health and wellbeing. The "built environment" refers to the human-made or modified physical surroundings in which we live, work, and play. Although the built environment may not…

September 15, 2021
Guide Toolkit Suicide Prevention Trainings

In a recent webinar, many folks were discussing the various suicide prevention training programs that exist within Alberta. In order to help provide more information on these trainings and to help aid in decision-making on which trainings you might like…

March 12, 2021
Article A Guide for a Community-Based COVID-19 Recovery

Explore how cities and communities are taking a community-based approach to COVID recovery. Read here

March 8, 2021
Toolkit Men’s Sheds Toolkit

Men's Sheds are an initiative that aims to provide a safe space for men to gather and  connect. The Canadian Men's Sheds Association (CMSA) describes Men's Sheds as: "Men’s Sheds are welcoming, supportive places for friendship and fun. They provide…

February 26, 2021
Guide Meaningfully Engaging Youth (Tamarack)

Supporting the intentional engagement of different groups or demographics is a complex but integral component of our community development work. Throughout various training and network events, we have heard many folks express interest in meaningfully engaging youth. Tamarack has co-created…

February 18, 2021
Article Health and Learning Are Deeply Interconnected in the Body

We know that adult-child relationships, other early experiences, and environmental exposures influence child well-being. An increasing number of policies and programs around the world now reflect that understanding by supporting children’s early learning and nutrition to improve their readiness to…

January 7, 2021
Webinars The Mental Health Toll of COVID-19: Coping With Stress and Building Resilience

November 24, 2020 Noon (MDT) Stress, anxiety, obsessive behaviour, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder are on the rise as we continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic. And with winter approaching in many parts of the world, what can we do…

November 20, 2020
Article The Case for Cultivating Community Resilience

Communities today are shaped and impacted by a myriad of complex issues – the effects of climate change, deteriorating infrastructure, an aging population, growing debt levels at the household, government and corporate levels, rising inequality, and growing rates of loneliness…

July 23, 2020
Guide Asset Based Community Development: A Resident’s Guide

There are so many resources on Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) for professionals. The Tamarack Institute decided to write one specifically for residents, called Asset-Based Community Development - How to Get Started. Guide

July 23, 2020