Healthy Society

The toolkit was designed to support (in particular smaller) towns in the UK and Ireland to prepare for change.  The compass model helps communities assess and then make plans to strengthen four aspects of resilience: healthy, engaged people; inclusive, creative culture; cross community links and a localized economy.

- Fiery Spirits Community of Practice, Carnegie UK Trust 

This research explored the extent to which rural areas are and should be engaged with sustainability planning, what that looks like in a rural context and if stakeholders feel a sense of engagement with urban and provincial sustainability goals.  The findings are important for local governments, planners and agriculture activists.

- Fraser Basin Council

This toolkit is for people working in community development, health and community leaders who want to strengthen community resilience factors: social networks & support, positive outlook, learning, early experience, environment & lifestyle, infrastructure, sense of purpose, diverse economy, embracing differences, beliefs and leadership.

- University of Queensland and University of Southern Queensland (2008)

While the Intelligent Communities movement is largely focused on urban cities, the example of Mitchel, South Dakota on page 14 suggests rural communities can use information and communications technology to boost in-migration.

- Intelligent Communities Forum 

CMHC offers numerous resources about building and design, green building, affordable and accessible housing development.

- Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation

The Rural Health Information Hub provides short, accessible, evidence based descriptions of a range of models, innovations and initiatives. Use this as a stepping off point to dig deeper or adapt the innovation into your own community.

- Rural Health Information Hub

For rural residents without a private vehicle, access to services is a significant barrier and an impediment to being active members of society.  This resource describes the models and building blocks required for a co-ordinated approach in your community. - Rural Ontario Institute 

This is a short primer on social enterprise with illustrated examples from across BC.  Social enterprise is introduced as a tool to address community challenges in employment, culture, environment, healthcare and poverty.  

- Enterprising Non-Profits BC

From Need to Opportunity is a social enterprise guide by and for rural communities in Ontario. This guide walks through the steps from what is a social enterprise to feasibility work, business planning and financing.  - Social Enterprise Rural Alliance

This report shares results from 11 communities in rural Minnesota that undertook assessment and planning to strengthen their information and communications technology. For local governments, business associations and planners.    

- Intelligent Community Forum   

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