In The Community

Our community consists of not just our physical environment, but also the many institutions and customs that make up our social environment.When we foster diverse, inclusive communities with effective, proactive social services, in harmony with the natural environment, we are thinking and acting upstream.

How a Pink T-shirt Became a Catalyst for Change

This blog comes to us from Amanda Guthrie, Youth & Education Coordinator at the Avenue Community Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity.  Last week, Transgender Awareness Week and the Pink Revolution campaign coincided. You may have seen some of the events on the news or in the paper. Today, Amanda takes... read more
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Harsha Walia's Wild Idea

In Vancouver last month Harsha Walia presented her wild idea - to Connect the Heart and Mind - at the Transforming Society: 5 Wild Ideas for a Better Future event hosted by Changemakers Vancouver, Upstream, and Next Up.  Watch the video below to learn where Harsha believes our social change... read more
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There's more to progress than GDP

By Dr. Trevor Hancock How we measure progress hinges on what we mean by progress, and what business we think we are in, as a society and as governments. Too often, it seems the central purpose is to grow the economy, but I believe there is more to life than... read more
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The View from Upstream: Unearthed Poverty

By Cameron Dearlove  On the eastern edge of downtown, near an expressway onramp, under streets and residential properties, lie the remains of some of Kitchener’s poorest citizens. Years ago this was the property edge of the House of Industry and Refuge, Kitchener’s (then Berlin) “poor house.” The house’s “inmates,” as... read more
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First Call & Upstream

For too long, we have been suffering from “downstream thinking,” that is, responding to immediate problems rather than seeking long-term solutions. Upstream and First Call share a belief in the importance of preventing ill-health by addressing the root causes that undermine child and family well-being. read more
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