Edging Forward by Ann Dale

Edging Forward by Ann Dale

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June 6, 2016

Plate 6, A Heart’s Knowledge, by Nancyanne Cowell, oil-mixed media on two canvases, 60” X 36”, 2015

Chapter 5: Charlotte’s Web

June 30, 2015

Sustainable Community Development

Some of the most powerful forces we know are invisible. You can’t see magnetism but it operates everywhere. Gravity is pervasive but without substance. An exposed electrical wire can seriously injure you but you can’t tell by looking at it whether it is live or not.  Social ties are like that. Social capital, the study of the economic and social benefit that people receive as a result of being part of a network of connected individuals, reveals patterns and dynamics that are difficult to understand, see, or consistently measure but are proving profoundly important to the well-being of communities.

Chapter Quote

“For me, a web pictorially shows the meaning of community, but more importantly, the meaning of being in community. Isn’t a community simply about relationships, not just with our own, but also with other species? They are about connections, both place-based and virtual. Since we humans are biologically driven to seek connection and have needs for bonding and social capital connections, the design and redesign of the physical space of our neighbourhoods and our cities is vital for enabling diverse relationships to occur. And if we value and wish to continue to share our space with other species, we need to take into account their needs for space and place, as well as our own.” (p. 71)

– Ann Dale, Edging Forward: Achieving Sustainable Community Development


June 25, 2015

Inside the first all-woman UN peacekeeping unit from CBC’s The Current

The Current (Producer). (2015, September 14). Inside the first all-woman UN peacekeeping unit [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent

Anna Maria Tremonti interviews the directors of “A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers”, a documentary following 160 female United Nations peacekeepers from Bangladesh who travel to Haiti.


June 20, 2015

Sustainable Development For Some

CRCResearch RRU. (2017, April 6). Sustainable Development for Some [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/ns1BRwU5UAY

If you look up sustainable development, it often only addresses two concerns: the environment and the economy. But definitions of Sustainable Development include a third concern that is equally important: the social imperative. This HEAD Talks video animates an article written by Professor Ann Dale and Dr. Lenore Newman called “Sustainable Development for Some: ‘Green’ Urban Development”. To illuminate the social expense of urban development projects, it explores case studies in Victoria, Toronto, and Vancouver.


What is Spatial Justice?

CRCResearch RRU. (2016, October 4). What is Spatial Justice? [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/UwlXUcn-MNs

What is spatial justice? It’s not a typo; it’s a new and important way of thinking about social justice. Many of us will relate to justice and injustice along axes like class or race or gender. But every single one of us is affected by the spatial distribution of justice—things like where your nearest library is or how much diversity is in your grocery store. Watch this short animated video to learn about common examples and ways to increase spatial justice.



CRCResearch RRU. (2014, October 27). Revitalization [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/okKLgdCS_XA

Created through a partnership between the Community Research Connections program and students of Royal Roads University’s Professional Communications program, this video explores community revitalization and aims to stimulate thinking on what contributes to thriving, sustainable communities. The video was produced as a part of the Solutions Agenda (http://crcresearch.org/solutions-agenda), a research project that thematically explores innovations for achieving sustainable communities.


Multi-functional Spaces

CRCResearch RRU. (2013, June 23). Mutli-functional Spaces [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/zfa6j3GzilM

Created through a partnership between the Community Research Connections program and students of Royal Roads University’s Professional Communications program, this video explores the roles of multi-functional spaces in communities, specifically by ‘unpackaging’ the multiple functions of urban community gardens. Multi-functional spaces integrate multiple uses or functions in overlapping time and space. They contribute to economies of scale through sharing of resources, i.e., physical infrastructure, and provide access to diverse uses in one place, thus contributing to a community’s vitality. In addition, multiple amenities offered by through these spaces appeal to diverse community members, including activists, artists, academics and social entrepreneurs, allowing them to act as forums for creating connections and providing opportunities for collaboration across traditional boundaries.


Scale: How far did your food travel today?

CRCResearch RRU. (2013, February 7). Scale: How far did your food travel today? [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/Q4rVjGzbltM

Created through a partnership between the Community Research Connections program and students of Royal Roads University’s Professional Communications program, this video contrasts small-scale food systems to large-scale food systems. Local, smaller scale food systems provide benefit in the manner that they promote food security and local employment, which contributes to community resilient to exogenous shocks. However, the flip side of the coin prompts us to consider the role large-scale food systems have in attempting to meet the nutritional requirements of a growing global population. The World Food Summit of 1996 defines food security as existent “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”. Thus, the question of scale emerges for food when we consider our growing global population, how do we feed 7 billion people in a sustainable way?


If the world were 100 people

GOOD Magazine. (2016, March 14). If The World Were 100 People | GOOD Data [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/QFrqTFRy-LU

Animation with simple, effective graphics text showing the statistical experiment of reducing the world’s population to 100 people. Statistics include access to clean water and shelter, and breakdown of global wealth.


The Shared Experience of Absurdity

TED. (May 2011). Charlie Todd: The Shared Experience of Absurdity [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com

The creator of Improv Everywhere recounts the absurd, bizarre, and downright hilarious pranks and happenings he orchestrated in public spaces around New York City. While there is no right or wrong way to play, his main goal is to bring people together.


Building Common Ground

TEDWomen 2016. (2016, October). Jeanne Gang: Buildings that Blend Nature and City [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/

Jeanne Gang designs buildings and spaces that foster community, including high-rises with variegated balconies for socializing, and police stations designed with community input.


The Good Society

TedxExeter. (2016, April). Maps that show us who we are (not just where we are) [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/

Social Geographer Danny Dorling shows a series of maps that stretch according to different types of data. Densely populated areas, places with more water and more food growth, etc. are represented as larger.


The Meaning of Civility

The Guardian. (2017, March 23). Bill Clinton’s Speech at Martin McGuinness’ funeral in full – video [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/

Video of Bill Clinton’s speech at Martin McGuinness’ funeral.

Academic Articles

June 15, 2015

Dale, A. (2013). Agency: individual ‘Fit’ and sustainable community development. Community Development Journal49(3), 426-440. Retrieved from https://academic.oup.com


Dale, A. (2007). Bridging gaps: Building diversity, resilience and connectivity. CEGN Thoughtleader Series. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net


Dale, A. (2007). Sustainable cities: fact or fiction?. Environments: a journal of interdisciplinary studies35(1).


Dale, A., Ling, C., & Newman, L. (2008). Does place matter? Sustainable community development in three Canadian communities. Ethics Place and Environment (Ethics, Place & Environment (Merged with Philosophy and Geography))11(3), 267-281.


Dale, A. & Naylor, T. (2005). Dialogue and public space: An exploration of radio and information communications technologies. Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique38(1), 203-225. Retrieved from https://www.cambridge.org


Dale, A. & Newman, L. (2010). Social capital: a necessary and sufficient condition for sustainable community development?. Community Development Journal, 45(1), 5-21. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net


Dale, A., & Newman, L. (2009). Sustainable development for some: green urban development and affordability. Local Environment14(7), 669-681. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/


Dale, A., & Newman, L. (2006). Sustainable community development, networks and resilience.


Dale, A., Newman, L., & Ling, C. (2010). Facilitating transdisciplinary sustainable development research teams through online collaboration. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education11(1), 36-48.


Dale, A., Newman, L., & Newell, R. (2014). Patterns of our Footsteps: Topophilia, rhythm, and diversity in urban landscapes. Retrieved from https://papers.ssrn.com/


Dale, A. & Sparkes, J. (2010). The ‘agency’ of sustainable community development. Community Development Journal46(4), 476-492. Retrieved from https://academic.oup.com


Hanna, K. S., Dale, A., & Ling, C. (2009). Social capital and quality of place: reflections on growth and change in a small town. Local Environment14(1), 31-44.


Ling, C. & Dale, A. (2013). Agency and social capital: characteristics and dynamics. Community Development Journal. 49(1), 1-17. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/


Ling, C., & Dale, A. (2011). Nature, place and the creative class: Three Canadian case studies. Landscape and Urban Planning99(3), 239-247.


Newman, L. & Dale, A. (2005). Homophily and Agency: Creating Effective Sustainable Development Networks. Environment, Development and Sustainability. 9, 79-90. Retrieved from https://link.springer.com/


Newman, L. & Dale, A. (2005). Network Structure, Diversity, and Proactive Resilience Building: a Response to Tompkins and Adger. Ecology and Society. 10(1). Retrieved from https://www.ecologyandsociety.org


Newman, L., & Dale, A. (2005). The role of agency in sustainable local community development. Local environment10(5), 477-486.


Newman, L., Waldron, L., Dale, A., & Carriere, K. (2008). Sustainable urban community development from the grassroots: challenges and opportunities in a pedestrian street initiative. Local Environment13(2), 129-139. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/



June 10, 2015

Bello: Latin America is set to become a leader in alternative energy . (2016, December 10). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


Free exchange: Believing is seeing. (2016, August 25). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


Free exchange: Graduating from destitution. (2015, August 1). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


Indonesia’s anti-poversty plans: Full of promise. (2015, January 8). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


The 21st-century economy: How to measure prosperity. (2016, April 30). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/


Other Interesting Stuff

June 5, 2015

The Leap Manifesto: A Call for a Canada Based on Caring for the Earth and One Another. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://leapmanifesto.org/en/the-leap-manifesto/#manifesto-content