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Building Resilient Neighbourhoods
Workshop Series

jointly presented by

Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria 
Fraser Basin Council's Smart Planning for Communities
Transition Victoria

Generously supported by the Vancouver Foundation.


We've had a great response to the Introductory Sessions
Click here to register for the next Workshop


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A resilient community pro-actively responds and effectively adapts to external forces and internal challenges. Would you like to work closely with others to help make your neighbourhood more resilient? Come as an individual, or as a representative of a group, institution, government or organization, and participate in a series of workshops, discussions and planning about how to help your neighbourhood cooperate, survive and thrive amidst mounting challenges such as climate change, resource depletion and the unstable economy.


 Here's just some of what you'll learn:

  • How to assess what different global developments could mean for you, your family, and our community
  • Practical examples of projects and approaches others have used to meet essential needs such as food, shelter and energy through "re-localizing"
  • New approaches for strengthening community cooperation, collaboration, cohesion and social justice
  • Innovative ideas for creating sustainable livelihoods through locally-owned businesses and new forms of trade
  • Key concepts and skills that will help you and your neighbours apply to become a Capital Region Resilient Neighbourhood demonstration site beginning in 2013

Join us for one or all of the events in the series. Admission is free. Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is appreciated at or at

About the series:

Strengthening Community Resilience: How to do it in your neighbourhood

An introduction and shared discussion about ways that communities are strengthening their resilience, plus an opportunity to meet others from your area and hear about the coming events in the Resilient Neighbourhood series.

There are two opportunities to attend this introductory session.

Thursday, November 1, 2012, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. - ended
Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre, Kinsmen Fieldhouse - 
1767 Island Highway, Colwood


Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. - ended
Burnside Gorge Community Centre, Activity Room - 
471 Cecelia Road, Victoria


Workshop #1: Growing a "Resilient" Neighbourhood - 
Learn to evaluate your neighbourhood's adaptability to larger-scale or sudden changes, and techniques to strengthen  resilience in every area of your community.

Thursday, November 15, 2012, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. - ended
Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre, Kinsmen Fieldhouse
1767 Island Highway, Colwood

Workshop #2: Economic Change at the Local Level - 
An exploration of innovative ways to help strengthen locally-owned businesses, develop complementary trading and sharing systems, and revitalize local economies.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
Burnside Gorge Community Centre, Activity Room
471 Cecelia Road, Victoria

Workshop #3: Engaging Our Neighbours - 
A practical workshop and discussion for encouraging participation and collaboration towards positive social, environmental and economic change in your own neighbourhood.

Thursday, January 17, 2013, 6:30 p.m-9 p.m.
Victoria Native Friendship Centre
231 Regina Avenue, Victoria

Resources Lists


Resilient Neighbourhood Resources

Click here to to print or download a PDF copy of this list


The Community Resilience Manual and Tools and Techniques for Community Economic Development:

Also included is the Bibliography of sources used to create the Guide and Manual.
CCCR has developed a revised Resilience Model and Checklist that integrates resilience factors in the face of peak oil and climate change. Email Michelle if you want this DRAFT version of the Resilience Model:

Characteristics of Resilience Checklist is available at

The Ainsworth Street Collective: Transforming a Neighbourhood into Community

Story of street-level engagement in a Portland Neighbourhood

City of Winnipeg Neighbourhood Programs 
Part of what we have seen work to revitalize urban neighbourhoods is the existence and leadership role of development organizations. Search for North End Community Renewal Corp in Winnipeg or RESO in Montreal or Quint in Saskatoon at

Engaged Learning Zones: The Civic and Community Engagement Institute, University of San Francisco: 
The Institute has been engaged in specific neighborhoods within San Francisco to help them identify and address community-defined issues during this difficult economic recession.

Building Resilience in Rural Communities Toolkit 
This toolkit is the outcome of a three year research project examining resilience in a rural community by The University of Queensland and University of Southern Queensland, Australia

Building Resilience Toolkit,

A project of Bay Localize in the Bay Area, California. The Toolkit 2.0 is a collection of online tools to help you understand local impacts of the climate and energy crisis in your region and what you can do about them.


Economic Resilience Resources

Click here to to print or download a PDF copy of this list



The Resilience Imperative: Cooperative Transitions to a Steady-state Economy by Mike Lewis and Pat Conaty

Climate change and escalating energy prices compel us to reinvent our economic life on a much more local and regional basis and an exploration of how communities across the globe are doing it.
The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization by Thomas Homer-Dixon
Sets out a theory of the growth, crisis, and renewal of societies, what can we learn from the success and failures of societies.

Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changed by Francis Westley, Brenda Zimmerman, Michael Quinn Patton. 
This book introduces the importance of complexity theory and systems thinking for social innovation and social change.


Building Economic ResilienceSome Tools, Approaches & Examples
Combiled by the organizers of the Building Resiliant Neighbourhoods Workshop Series

Available from:

Ten Steps to Save the Cities: The new economics agenda for thriving local economies Published by the New Economics Foundation

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Community-led reuse of resources
Information for community groups and social enterprises setting up projects to reuse surplus building materials and products


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The Co-operative City: Social and economic tools for sustainability
John Restakis, BC Co-operative Association, February 2011


From this Earth: NERDC and the evolution of a development system in the North End of Winnipeg
By Michelle Colussi, Stewart Perry, with Mike Lewis and Gary Loewen
Available from:


What is it about Sangudo? This Rural Town is getting a new lease on life, can yours too?
The Story of how Sangudo, Alberta, leveraged local investment and entrepreneurial spirit to revitalize the community.


Available from the Centre for Community Renewal:

Seattle's Columbia City: Neighbors Give District the Business
A neighbourhood story of business revitalization


Available from the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at:


These organizations and websites are full of great resources, tool kits and learning opportunities:


[VIDEO] Stacy Mitchell: We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy

Buying local isn’t enough. If we’re going to get our economy back on track, we have to re-centre on communities. 
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