CDLI meet-ups

CDLI hosts regular Meet-ups for anyone interested in helping to build better communities and neighborhoods to learn from one another, generally the last Tuesday of each month. Regular Meet-ups usually take a break for the Summer. In the Summer we try to be more creative and often meet up outdoors. Here are some Meet-up topics we will be exploring in the coming months:

  • Community and Mental Health

  • Intentional Community Hubs series

  • Addressing equity and equality in community

  • Finding solutions to Social Isolation

  • Fostering community through a Sharing Economy

  • Summer meet up - neighborhood asset mapping

  • Resident/community driven Community Development


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Join us at the CDLI Big Meet Up, Nov 24, 2018, to explore how to better support resident-led community change in Calgary. We believe this theme is at the heart of sustainable community work and key to creating great communities. 

At the Big Meet Up there will be opportunities to:

  • Engage with and learn from resident-led community projects;

  • Learn practical tools & skills for community development work;

  • Form new partnerships and collaborations for community initiatives.              

Below you will find an outline of the day. 

Ending with action - Part of the day will be spent discussing actions or next steps for possible collaboration after the Big Meet Up. If you have an idea or community project you are working on--no matter which stage you are at--please come ready to share what you are doing or planning to do. There will be opportunities to get help, feedback or support on our ideas/projects. We are excited to learn what people are working on and to facilitate ways of providing support. 

It is an inclusive and welcoming environment for all… child care will be available (please let us know if you need child care). 

WHEN: Saturday, November 24, 2018, 9:00 A.M - 3:00 P.M.

WHERE: Southview Community Association, 2020 33 St SE, Calgary.

WHO: Residents, practitioners, students, anyone interested in positive community change!

COST: FREE. Lunch & refreshments will be served.


8:30 - 9am Registration & light refreshments

9 - 9:45am Welcome & Outline of Day; Ice-breaker – who’s in the room?!

9:45 - 10:45am Panel Discussion (spotlight on resident-led community development initiatives in Calgary and lessons learned)

10:45 - 11am Networking Break

11 - 12 pm Small group learning opportunities (Round 1): practical CD tools & skills; reconciliation & indigenous approaches; technology in community building; creating community hubs; how agencies could better support resident-led community initiatives, etc.

12 - 1pm LUNCH

1 - 1:45pm Small group learning opportunities (Round 2): practical CD tools & skills; reconciliation & indigenous approaches; technology in community building; creating community hubs; how agencies could better support resident-led community initiatives, etc.

1:45 - 2:45pm Focus on action, collaboration & next steps

2:45pm Report back/ Wrap up

3pm End

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CDLI Meet Up team

Summer Meet Up/ neighborhood tour: Community ASSET MAPPING

30 aUGUST, 2018

CDLI in collaboration with the Crescent Heights Community Association organized a Summer Meet-Up on August 30, 6:00pm - 8:30pm to explore Community Asset Mapping. We spent the evening outdoors in Crescent Heights to learn how the Community Association developed their interactive community asset map and toured the neighborhood to explore various assets uncovered.

<<Past event>>


26 June, 2018

At the June 26 meet up we will examine some local initiatives that are part of the emerging Sharing Economy and explore how this shift to a Sharing Economy model could potentially influence the nature of community life (how we live, work and play) in Calgary.

<<Past event>>

Community Hubs by Design: The Village Square Community Hub Story

On Wednesday May 16, join the Community Hubs Collaborative from 5:00-7:00PM at the Village Square Community Hub for an evening of inspiration and learning! The second in our series of on Building & Supporting Commuity Hubs together in Calgary.

<<Past event>>

Meet Up topic: Finding solutions to Social Isolation in our Communities

24 April, 2018

Recent studies have highlighted Social Isolation (i.e. loneliness) in communities to be a major public health concern.

At the meet up on Apr 24, we will attempt to better understand why Social Isolation happens in our communities & neighbourhoods and explore solutions for making Calgary neighbourhoods more connected, welcoming and inclusive to all residents. 

<<Past event>>

Advancing Gender Equity and the role of Community

27 March, 2018

Join us at the March 27 meet up at 6:30pm where we will explore ways we could advance gender equity in our communities and neighbourhoods. We will examine sources and root causes of gender inequality and what appropriate actions we can all take to promote and encourage gender equity in Calgary (i.e. where we live, work and play).

<<Past event>>

Building & Supporting Community Hubs together in Calgary

27 February, 2018

Join us at the next CDLI meet up, Feb 27, in the first of a series of conversations on Building & Supporting Community Hubs together in Calgary. CDLI is collaborating with the Community Hubs Collaborative at this meet up to discuss the Community Hubs by Design toolkit and other hubs resources as we explore steps to creating and sustaining community hubs in Calgary. 

<<Past event>>

Mental Health and the role of community

30 January, 2018

We invite you to join the Jan 30 meet up at 6:30pm where we will explore the issue of mental illness in our communities and neighborhoods; the need to promote and improve our mental health; and what appropriate actions we can all take to address this growing challenge.

<<Past event>>. 

CDLI 2017 Big Meet-Up


At the last Big Meet Up, Nov 4, 2017, we explored creative and proven ways of community building and to shape community development practice in Calgary. Using the Open Space technology method we discussed the theme "Utilizing our collective assets/strengths to build the most connected, inclusive, vibrant & welcoming communities in Canada!" 

<<Past event>>

Building better brains to build better communities 

26 SEPTEMBER, 2017

Hosted in collaboration with the First 2000 Days Network, this meet up focused on why everyone should understand their critical roll in helping children in our communities get the best start to life. We learnt from the latest brain research why creating better communities is directly linked to "building better brains" in children especially in the first 2000 days of their lives!

<<Past event>>

Summer Meet Up/ neighborhood tour: Creating communities you want to live in 

21 aUGUST, 2017

At this meet up we explored creating communities you want to live in. We spent the evening in the communities of Marda Loop and Altadore visiting creative and community building spaces such at cSPACE Projects, a community grader in Marda Loop and River Park Church in Altadore. 

<<Past event>> 

Poverty and Disability Rights

15 June, 2017

Hosted in collaboration with the Disability Action Hall and Poverty Talks, this meet up focused on poverty and disability rights in Calgary through a community-centered approach. 

<<Past event>> 

Syrian Refugee families

27 April, 2017

At this meet up we we will discuss supporting Syrian youth and families to be more connected in Calgary through examining successful community experiences and stories <<Past event>> 

ice-breakers without borders

30 may, 2017

Meet up topic: Ice-breakers without borders. This meet up explored: how and when to use ice-breakers/energizers; what are appropriate ice-breakers and we practiced facilitating some fun examples. <<Past event>> 

Seniors Isolation

27 FEBRUARY, 2017

Meet up topic: A Community-centered approach to tackling Seniors Isolation

<<Past event>> 


Domestic Violence

31 JANUARY, 2017

Community-centered approach to Domestic Violence prevention | working with men & boys <<Past event>>