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Social and institutional resources to give our cities meaning.


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How do social connections impact quality of life in cities?


How can we balance freedom and responsibility today?

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City Soul

Why are religious communities so vital to our cities?

With the support of the Calgary Foundation a wide range of local leaders, Cardus summarized our work done during City Planning consultation, a series of 2013 community roundtables, and an extensive number of smaller meetings and produced the "Strengthening Vital Signs" report. This report identified the opportunities and gaps that exist between city planning and faith based organizations in Calgary.Faith based organizations have been essential to Calgary's history and development. They continue to be vital for ongoing community thriving. The linkages, however, between formal planning processes and faith based organizations, are not as strong or effective as they might be. This means that a deep well of community building intelligence, support, and social infrastructure capacity is under-utilized in achieving the goals that the City of Calgary has set in response to its citizens. Social Cities is continuing to invest in and explore how these vital linkages could be added where missing, strengthened where they exist, and re-configured in new ways for greater positive impact. Our current work involves institution to institution (I2I) partnership and co-leadership of an emerging network of committed organizations. Please contact me if you'd like to be involved.


Strengthening Vital Signs Through Urban Religious Communities

The Social Cities research report "Strengthening Vital Signs Through Urban Religious Communities"...

Calgary City Soul Phase 2: Final Report

(See also the accompanying letter to Mayor Naheed Nenshi, and the Calgary City Council.) Cardus ...

Calgary City Soul Phase 1: Inventory of Physical Worship Space in Calgary's C...

The City of Calgary's Centre City Plan may create an unintended disincentive to diversity, to the...