Monthly Archives: May 2013

The Sustainability Community Showcase was a Success!

Written By Allison Smith, Thrive

Last night Thrive Calgary hosted a Sustainability Community Showcase at the Pathways 2 Sustainability Conference. The event was sponsored by First Calgary Financial, a proud supporter of sustainable communities.  The Telus Spark was packed with over 220 people in attendance, filling the room with energy and inspiration. There were change-makers, academics, committed community members, sustainability gurus and local business leaders all brushing shoulders in one room.

The event was emceed by Mark Hopkins, a community champion, artist and innovator. He is the co-founder of Swallow-a-Bicycle and We Should Know Each Other events in Calgary. You can find out what Mark is up to on twitter: markhopkins.

The night spotlighted 10 powerful PechaKucha presentations by local sustainability champions. PechaKucha is a style of presenting where each speaker gets 20 slides with 20 seconds each. PechaKucha is the Japanese word for chit-chat, and as a style of presenting it comes with a few mandatory rules. One of the rules included a beer break at intermission where guests enjoyed beer from the local Brew Brothers Brewery. This style of presenting was an absolutely amazing and engaging way to communicate sustainability stories.

The 10 talented speakers were – drum-roll please:

Alan Screaton, Market Analyst, Sponsor Energy
Robyn Jacobsen, Clean Air Strategic Alliance
Tammy Maloney, SEA Change Nation

Dr. Geoffrey J. Hay, HEAT
Jasen Robillard, Cohousing Advocate and Consultant

Paul Cabaj, Founding Member, SPARK – Your Power, Our Future

Stephanie Robertson, President, SiMPACT Strategy Group
Trusha Patel, President, Spice Sanctuary Inc
Firyal Mohamed & Lorah Jensen, Momentum
Jeff Goodman, Co-Founder, No AdMail

All night the twitter activity was buzzing with conversation and praise using the hashtag #PknP2S. Here are some of the top tweets from the event: PknP2S Success Story!

The event included an art exhibit by Studio C and ACAD as well as staggered bushes and trees for an environmental ambiance. The smell of forest was in the air.  Finally, the presentations were graphic recorded by Momentum’s own Laura Wells and Carolyn Davis.


The pair encouraged guests to write down one thing they learned and one action they will take following the event. Some of the actions participants pledged included:

  • Think about power
  • No Admail
  • Volunteer
  • Sell my car & join Calgary car share
  • Think in 3!
  • Check out my house’s heat
  • If you don’t need it, don’t use it
  • Email only
  • Be passionate
  • Be sustainable
  • Work on making the electrical grid more flexible & sustainable
  • Moving the conversation from cost to value. SROI!

We hope that participants will make these actions reality, and continue to build sustainable communities in Calgary.  The event truly showcased the importance of collective impact to build a thriving, local economy.

A big thanks to all our sponsors, supporters, participants and speakers! We couldn’t have done it without you.

What is Community Economic Development?

Written By Allison Smith, Thrive

Lately there has been a lot of buzz about Community Economic Development (CED) across Canada. Urban and rural communities across the nation are including CED as a poverty reduction strategy at the Municipal and Provincial level. Some call it Local Economic Development or Neighbourhood Economic Development. Others are engaging in CED and don’t even know it. So what is CED? This post will briefly define CED and its’ outcomes. Continue reading “What is Community Economic Development?” »

Strategic Map 2013

Written By Courtney Hare, Thrive

In February 2011, we launched our first Strategic Map to set the direction for our work. Each year we have worked towards advancing the catalyst opportunities identified and planning for the year ahead. As a result, there have been many exciting changes to the Thrive Network including: new Steering Committee members, new partnerships, and the emergence of new catalyst opportunities.

After the Evaluate to Celebrate event held each December, we revisit the Strategic Map to evaluate our work over the past year, clarify new catalyst opportunities and identify next steps for these emerging opportunities. We are excited to share with you the updated Strategic Map for 2013.

We look forwarding to the next phase of the journey as we continue to build new relationships, form new constellations and continue to create a thriving local economy for all, forever.