We were privileged to have Derek Alton present at our last meeting.  Derek works with Tamarack, an Institute for Community Engagement. 
Derek and his team are having 'a thousand conversations' across Canada with all types of communities looking for new ways to address poverty - check out http://seekingcommunity.ca
Imagine: city planners designing neighborhoods to increase social capital; elderly people staying in their neighborhoods for another 5 years; mental health rates declining because neighbours are caring for each other and creating a greater sense of connection and belonging together...
For more information, visit http://tamarackcommunity.ca