Communities by Nature: Growing Democracies from the Ground Up

The Centre for Civic Governance at Columbia Institute presents

Inspire, Inform: Half-day forum held on Tuesday, November 3
Featuring Keynote speaker Jeb brugmann

Forum included sessions on smart growth, children’s nature deficit,  talking sustainability with constituents, and more.
Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts — 205 8 Avenue SE, Calgary

Keynote speaKer Jeb Brugmann is a leading practitioner and thinker on strategy and the process of innovation. For 25 years Jeb as been devising solutions to help turn local, community-based innovations into global solutions. He has worked on the ground in scores of cities and rural regions in 28 countries and has played a pioneering role in developing the fields of global civil society organization, urban sustainability and “bottom of the pyramid” business development. Jeb’s latest book,  Welcome to the Urban Revolution, takes readers on a street-level tour of the world’s cities, and challenges conventional thinking about globalization to reveal cities as the medium for revolutionary change. Jeb argues that the 21st century’s greatest challenges can— and must—be met through improved approaches to city building.


Presentation by Dave Thompson "Talking Sustainability" can be found here.

Presentation by the Columbia Institute "Communicating Climate Change" can be found here.

Presentation by Emanuel Machado of Dawson Creek can be found here.

Presentation by Gian Carlo Carras "Smart Growth" can be found here when we can re-size the file.


Agenda can be found here (pdf)

Agenda can also be found here (word.doc)

Workshop Descriptions can be found here.

Featured Speakers Bios can be found here.

Registration form can be found here (pdf)

Registration form can also be found here (Word .doc)

About Centre for Civic Governance

The Centre for Civic Governance works to support community leadership meeting today’s social and environmental challenges: climate change, Canada’s increasing equity gap, and shifting social trends. At the Centre for Civic Governance, our goal is to strengthen Canadian communities through sharing best practices, providing tools for locally elected leaders, and progressive policy analysis. We strive to provide knowledge and information to make real and positive social change.