TCDI Annual General Meeting

It's just around the corner now! Are you getting excited?

This event promises to build on the work already being done and to encourage new networks, vital learning and great opportunities for growth.

There is lots of time to find out about the event and to register.

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Volunteer at the Institute

TCDI is people-powered in the extreme and that's how we like it. We need the support of volunteers.

We have lots of exciting work. We are confident there is something that will interest you.

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Community Development Resources

We have some great information available on community development. These resources may come in the form of academic papers, popular writing, zines, videos, websites, etc.

In the resources section are materials available to deepen or broaden our understanding of community development.

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April 2014 TCDI Newsletter

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Tommy Douglas Institute Thursday May 22nd, 2014

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March 2014 TCDI Newsletter

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Here is the newsletter that was created to update you on some of the things that are happening at TCDI. Please let us know what you are thinking.

Values for Collaboration

Posted on Monday, December 2, 2013 by . .

During the Push Back, Move Forward conference, TCDI hosted two workshops called People United: Breaking Down Silos and Walls that Divide Us. During those workshops, there was a lot of discussion about the underlying values/principles that guide the actions that we take.

When it comes to working collaboratively or in coalition, we value:

A space where there is an openness and commitment to share power and resources.
 This includes things like:

  • no one person or small group of people dominate;
  • there are intentional steps to ensure the inclusion diverse voices and opinions;
  • leadership is shared;
  • acknowledge power differentials and flatten those differences.

Time is taken to develop relationships with each other.
This includes things like:

  • people’s contributions and experiences are valued;
  • celebrating successes and creativity;
  • make bonds with like-minded people;
  • feel part of a community – of something bigger.

Respect for mutual care, people, process, time, wholeness.
This includes things like:

  • foster and develop leadership;
  • authentic engagement not token involvement;
  • time for quiet reflection, dialogue on important issues, etc.;
  • understanding that achieving a critical mass to create sustainable change is more than a numbers game.

We understand that working collaboratively is complex. We also understand that our understanding of it is ever changing. We invite you to continue this dialogue here.

People United- November 28, 2013

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Creating a new space for community dialogue! Join activists, advocates and organizers to weave connections between community groups, city-wide organizations, social justice networks and progressive movements. Let’s find common ground on issues, goals and values and develop the groundwork for a solidarity strategy.

Nov. 28


Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St. Toronto

TCDI People United flyer, November 28, 2013

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