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"Big Society" and Social Responsibility

"It is incumbent on those of us who make it our business to think through such things to imagine how the 'Big Society' agenda could provide opportunity and hope within a cultural arc where both seem to be in short supply." —Ray Pennings A transcription of proceedings from the Manning Centre Special Briefing, held June 10, 2011 in Ottawa. The papers...

Geoff Mulgan: The Death and Life of Institutions

Geoff is the Chief Executive of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) in the UK.

Charity and Social Capacity

Though seldom sensational, Canada's charitable activities are essential to our civil society. Our charities provide meaning, purpose, and belonging amid the dark labyrinths of alienation that characterize our time. Researching, thinking, talking, building, and envisioning in this space is no esoteric investment, a quaint concession or a salve for the...

Valuing Toronto's Faith Congregations

Churches and faith communities of various traditions have a great deal to offer to society and to the common good. Typically, these contributions have focused on qualitative contributions that congregations make to the cultural, spiritual, and social well-being of the communities that surround them. Few studies, however, have assessed these contributions...