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News stories culled from around the internet related to change makers and systems change.

Bridgewater chosen to host Atlantic Canada’s first co-housing community 

Cohousing is an idea that started in Denmark in the 1960s. Treehouse Village Ecohousing will be the first such project in Atlantic Canada. The energy efficient home cluster is planned as an intentional community that incorporates ideas from cooperative housing (participatory decision making) and climate change mitigation with a condominium fee structure. 

Systems change makers will be interested to not the expectation that people will engage in what the community calls a ‘sociocracy’ democratic process to make decisions. 

Ecohousing is not an affordable housing initiative, nor is it a cooperative. 

CTV Story

Treehouse Village Ecohousing


Infrastructure Canada invests in road projects in Labrador

Canada Newswire story

The Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities. $2 billion of this funding is supporting infrastructure projects that meet the unique needs of rural and northern communities like facilities to support food security, local access roads and enhanced broadband connectivity. In addition, $400 million is being delivered through the Arctic Energy Fund to advance energy security in the territories.

Infrastructure investment is a very traditional strategy to restart an economy. And no one can argue that addressing these priorities is long overdue in Canada’s North. But issues of colonization linger in many indigenous northern communities, including water quality, substance abuse / mental health issues, and food security. 

An Innu teen died in care. Now a fired social worker is speaking out

As shown in this CBC story, it isn’t just the physical infrastructure that requires investment. How could the social innovation community support Northern communities in developing systems change approaches for collective impact? 

If your organization is working with indigenous and/or northern groups on social innovation and you’d like to share your story, let us know!

#NorthernCommunities #infrastructure #Indigenous

Billboard launches Change Maker Award in 2020

Article on Billboard

If you needed further evidence that this is the age of the #changemaker, here it is. Killer Mike, a solo musician as well as half the duo Run the Jewels, received Billboard magazine’s first annual Change Maker Award. The award isn’t just a pat on the back to artists for ‘using their platform for good’:

“Throughout his 20-year music career, Mike has been instrumental in the social justice and civil rights movements. He has led nationwide voter registration initiatives within the Black community and created opportunities for Black businesses to thrive by educating civic leaders and community members, particularly youth, on the importance of entrepreneurship and financial responsibility.” 

Looking back on the history of music, who would receive such an award? John Lennon was an ardent peace activist. Jackson Browne has been very politically active. Joan Baez and Pete Seeger are easy nods. As much as Bono has come to be despised by some as embodying a certain kind of smug, privileged activism, both he and Bob Geldof were knighted for their work bringing food to Africa during the famine. They would have gotten Change Maker awards for sure. Closer to home, Gord Downie’s surfacing of the history of residential schools through the Chanie Wenjack Foundation would probably be another shoo-in (putting aside the consideration of whose story . 

Here are a few articles about activist musicians. Who would you nominate, and why? Share your thoughts in the General Discussion Group.

Rolling Stone’s 25 under 25

10 Climate Activist Musicians