Visionary Communities

Advancing Desired Neighbourhood Futures

Visionary Communities is a collaborative research project with the goal of enhancing conditions for just sustainable futures in the Kingston Galloway/Orton Park (KGO) neighbourhood of Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.

Together, researchers, community development practitioners, grassroots groups, and residents will explore, design, test, and iterate solutions to community-defined challenges by building on and enhancing community strengths in relationships, knowledges, and experiences.

Through collaboration with the community-backbone organization, East Scarborough Storefront, our work is grounded in authentic relationships and seeks to truly reflect the priorities of residents, while advancing climate and sustainability goals.

Our rationale for undertaking this project is to co-create pathways to just, low carbon futures that center the community‚Äôs own vision and priorities for the future. We’re using multiple approaches to do so.

Our project design includes a set of activities that overlap and follow one another, enabling us to answer our research questions and, ultimately, meet our objectives.

Our project design includes a set of activities that overlap and follow one another, enabling us to answer our research questions and, ultimately, meet our objectives.

We are a group of researchers, organization leaders, and residents co-designing this project.

We are a group of researchers, organization leaders, and residents co-designing this project.

KGO is a neighbourhood in Scarborough, a suburb of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is delineated by Kingston Road, Galloway Road, and Orton Park Road which are connected by Lawrence Avenue East. At the heart of this neighbourhood, you’ll find the East Scarborough Storefront.

Events

The student interns are busy this summer surfacing the momentum in the community, i.e. we’re finding out where the collective energy is. We’ll be holding some sense-making sessions in the fall to understand how this momentum reveals community values and aspirations. Stay tuned!