NEST (Network for Economic and Socail Treands) presents: Why Cities Need a Public Life: A Revisionist Return to the Essence of the ‘Casual’ in Thinking about Social Capital
This talk explores how people get things done in urban settings. It returns to the old debate on social capital. Does it still make sense to think of social capital as embedded in social networks in an era of increased mobility, digitalization and the expansion of social networks across space? Does social capital theory as the central approach to how people access resources to get by and get ahead pay sufficient attention to the casual fluid encounters which also happen in urban life, especially in public space?
Drawing on some core ideas in her book Community as Urban Practice, Talja Blokland explores these questions, arguing that urban public life – settings where people rub shoulders on their way to do something else – remains essential. Beyond the closure of preference-based algorithms and life-style bubbles, such ‘absent ties’ can provide access to resources, especially when they provide what she calls ‘public familiarity’.
Professor Talja Blokland (PhD Amsterdam) is professor of urban sociology at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.
National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH)
The Equity in Action project aims to lift community voices as a form of evidence by sharing stories of successful equity-driven initiatives from across Canada. This repository of positive narratives can facilitate learning and connection among Public Health Practitioners in Canada and guide equity-based planning through pandemic recovery and beyond.
Centre de collaboration nationale des déterminants de la santé (CCNDS)
Le projet « L’équité en action » vise à faire entendre la voix des communautés en faisant connaître des interventions menées d’un bout à l’autre du Canada pour l’équité. Le présent répertoire de récits positifs pourrait faciliter l’apprentissage et les liens entre les professionnels de la santé publique au Canada en plus d’éclairer un processus de planification fondé sur l’équité pour le rétablissement de la pandémie et par la suite.
The GC Data Community is a Canadian federal government network of data practitioners. The upcoming 2023 GD Data Conference is open to the general public. “Leveraging Data to Advance Innovation” conference will explore key topics related to using data to expand innovative methods, integrating social and ethical practices, and enabling collective change. The event offers opportunities to exchange knowledge, engage in discussions and expand awareness of the opportunities and challenges around the use of data across the Government of Canada. This may be of interest to you if you want to know more about innovations related to the collection and usage of data and its overlap with issues related to health equity and social inclusion.
CRHESI is thrilled to celebrate the outstanding work and contributions of Carl Cadogan, recently recognized on the London Mayor’s New Year’s Honour list, in the category of Diversity and Race Relations.
Please read more details about Carl’s long-standing leadership and committment to anti-Black racism and anti-oppression by visiting the Mayor’s New Year’s Honours List. In 2022 Carl extended his mission to eliminate hate and discrimination in our communities by joining CRHESI as an Executive Committee member.
Carl and other honours recipients will be recognized at the first City Council meeting of the year.