On Monday night a city staff report and recommendation to embrace social procurement was passed by Peterborough City Council. Last summer, Councillor Kemi Akapo sparked movement in this direction with a motion requesting city staff explore social purchasing and make a recommendation. City council’s assent Monday night put the cap on the collected efforts of […]
Whether it was by members of city staff, councillors, community members, or social enterprisers, a local exploration of social procurement led by David LePage last week was warmly and well received. Starting as it ought to have, David’s began with visiting a small group of city staff members responsible for the city’s purchasing. By the […]
ECM Podcast Episode 10 https://electriccitymagazine.ptbopodcasters.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/41/2020/01/E10-ECM-Social-Procurement-a-Game-Changer-for-Cities-compress.mp3 In July of last year, Peterborough City Councillor Kemi Akapo introduced a motion that the City of Peterborough investigate social purchasing. Social purchasing, also known as social procurement, is maturing in its depth of practice and in the number of organizations employing it. Social procurement has made it into […]
ECM Podcast Episode 9 https://electriccitymagazine.ptbopodcasters.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/41/2019/08/E9-ECM-Poverty-is-Not-the-Problem-compress.mp3 With the advent of Peterborough’s very own tent city, Allan Smith-Reeve wrote and circulated two thoughtful pieces, Poverty is Not the Problem and How Does Our Wealth Isolate. In them he turned things on their heads a bit and asked some pointed questions. Allan invited a conversation to explore […]
Over the past few months we’ve been sharpening our focus on two themes. Civics is the first. This theme draws attention to how people are creating the city they would like to live in. These stories shed light on the agency we have as community members, small groups, associations, networks, and as civil society organizations. […]
Gabe Pollock’s contribution to Electric City Magazine, and by extension to the Peterborough community, has been significant. His sensibilities about fierce and independent media, the calibre of editing he brought to context rich and important stories, not to mention his love and knack for the local arts scene struck an unforgettable chord in our community. […]
We know the old ways aren’t enough anymore. Some of the old ways are fundamental to civil society. There is no sensible replacement for elected governments and the civil service who work with them, there really isn’t.
Electric City Magazine is close to many people’s hearts. It has been seven months since the Resonance Centre for Social Evolution purchased Electric City Magazine from its founders David Tough and Gabe Pollock.
At the very end of McDonnel is a gateway to a different way of life, past and future. For years, Mount St. Joseph was home to a religious life. From there emanated many community works. Women who chose a life in the world but not of the world served community daily as teachers and nurses. […]
We are fast approaching the Peterborough municipal election, which occurs on October 22. An election is not just a changing of the guard in leadership. It is also an ideal time to start a conversation about the kind of city, and the kind of future, we want to build. There are many challenges facing this […]