“Hospicing the old world”: An in-depth conversation with the authors of Sacred Civics

Why It Matters

Cities are facing a reckoning post-pandemic — the ways they are designed have pushed communities further into the margins than ever before. These authors argue it’s imperative to put humanity, spirituality, and a connection to nature back at the centre of urban design.

Hundreds of churches across Canada could be converted into social purpose real estate — here’s how one foundation is making it happen

Why It Matters

Many of Canada’s 27,000 faith buildings are in danger of closing thanks to rising commercial rents, shrinking congregations, and demographic changes. Meanwhile, social impact organizations often lack affordable spaces to run community services.

In the face of British Columbia’s climate disasters, community social services are becoming ad-hoc humanitarians.

Why It Matters

Floods, wildfires, and extreme heat are becoming increasingly normal thanks to global heating — and their knock-on effects include the kinds of challenges community social services are well-equipped to handle, such as food and housing insecurity.

This organization’s ‘connected community approach’ is changing how social services are designed

Why It Matters

COVID-19 has forced many organizations that focus on community well-being to reimagine how they provide essential services. Strengthening community resilience and well-being using innovative social R&D methods is how social service organizations are moving forward post pandemic.