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IMPORTANT NOTICE
Visit our news page to learn about the decisions made at our recent discernment assembly.

Research Action Team Workshop
The next step in forming strong research action team is to learn together how to do this work effectively. So we are beginning with a workshop on research action teams. Joe Chrastil the Industrial Areas Foundation Regional Organizer, will bring his over 30 years of experience to equip us.
This workshop, intended to prepare people to work effectively together as a research action team, will focus on:
  • The purpose and role of research action teams in community organizing
  • The issues development process
  • How to move from general problems to winnable issues
  • Collective learning and how to conduct research actions
  • How to conduct an effective power analysis
  • The elements of effective strategy
  • Leading actions and learning from the reactions they evoke

    Date: Wednesday, November 2
    Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Location: Knox United Church 506 - 4th Street SW
    Register through: https://macgresearchactionteamworkshop.eventbrite.ca or (403)993-7123

MACG BACKGROUND and PURPOSE

The Metro Alliance For the Common Good - Calgary (MACG - Calgary) brings together organizations and communities of Calgary to transform our city into a community which acts justly and respects all. MACG is directed by a team of leaders from participating institutions.

MACG was formed in association with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) the oldest and largest network of broad-based organizations in North America. Similar organizations exist in Vancouver and Edmonton (GEA, the Greater Edmonton Alliance). The Industrial Areas Foundation has been sponsoring these organizations throughout North America for many years, and has had a good deal of success. MACG - Calgary was originally organized mainly by religious groups and unions, with the unions, some churches, and Temple B’nai Tikvah putting up some money for start-up.

OBJECTIVES
  • Create a network involving people from diverse religious, non-profit, labour, neighbourhood and ethnic groups to foster meaningful relationships with each other and their respective communities.
  • Develop leaders who can promote healthy and effective civic life
  • Effectively address the key justice issues facing Calgary
  • Harness the voice and the power of the people of Calgary to transform our city by addressing the systems, policies, and underlying causes of poverty and injustice.
NEXT PHASE OF MACG

MACG - Calgary is now in a phase of expanding our capacity. To this end we have begun to implement a strategy consisting of these elements.

1. We are contracting with the Industrial Areas Foundation to provide support and guidance as we redevelop MACG
2. We have formed a partnership with the Greater Edmonton Alliance which will allow us to share an organizer and have the capacity to work with the provincial government on key issues
3. We have hired our first organizer.
4. We have begun the work of growing both the number and commitment of our membership.
5. We are continuing to provide regular leadership development workshops for our leadership and members. These workshops teach leaders the skills of community organizing and ways of using these skills to develop their own organizations.
6. We will begin to develop local community based action teams which can address local community issues and advocate with local MLA’s and city councilors
7. In the fall of 2015 we plan to launch a listening campaign through which we will identify key issues affecting our members and our city that we can make a significant impact on.
8. We will hold a founding assembly that will publically launch MACG as an important public voice representing a diverse and significant membership.
9. We will then act on the issues identified in our listening campaign in a way that can make a significant difference.

BECOMING A MEMBER OF MACG

MACG depends on the commitment of its members in order to develop our shared capacity to make a positive difference in our city and province. This involves a commitment of people and money. Generally faith communities and non-profit members contribute 1-2% of their budget while unions contribute $3-5 per member. We also ask that your organization provide a leader who can act as a part of MACG’s leadership team. If this is more than your organization can afford, alternative arrangements can be negotiated.

PARTNERS
MACG is directed by a team of leaders from participating institutions. It is affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the oldest and largest network of broad-based organizations in North America. Along with the MACG - Calgary, the Greater Edmonton Alliance and the Metro Vancouver Alliance are all members of the Industrial Areas Foundation Canada.

ORGANIZATION BUILDING PROCESS ...... Read more


INFORMATION ABOUT OTHER ALLIANCES FOR THE COMMON GOOD......... Read More

SUPPORTING MACG

You can now donate money to support the educational work of MACG through the Industrial Areas Foundation Canada. This can be done through Canada Helps by clinking on the link below and selecting the MACG Calgary fund

https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/24229
A Season of New Life 

Calgary Interfaith Council

 
In the spring of 2014 we successfully created and launched the Calgary Interfaith Council. At our first meeting we gathered 37 of the key faith leaders in Calgary. These leaders committed to working together to both form the council and to address poverty as a part of the Calgary Poverty Reduction Strategy. To get information about the next meeting of the council please contact Debra Faulk at
debra@unitarianscalgary.org.

Partnership with Vibrant Communities of Calgary 

We have finalized a Memorandum of Understanding with Vibrant Communities Calgary. This partnership will work together to educate and engage the Calgary community to address the root causes of poverty in Calgary. The partnership is already supporting our work with the faith communities and in our work to create a shared conversation in Calgary about our common good. 

Ryan Anderson


TO BECOME INVOLVED IN MACG CONTACT:

Ryan Andersen - ryan@calgarycommongood.org or phone 403-993-7123

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