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    January 16, 2017
  • Understanding the Public Consultation User Experience
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    An exciting feature of YIMBY 2016 was the ability to host your own workshop as part of the official YIMBY schedule. And what better way to talk about community development than to have a consultation on the public consultation process itself? In collaboration with Metastrategies and Swerhun Facilitation, we co-hosted a workshop entitled “Cut to …

    January 6, 2017
  • Insights Into An Ideal Main Street
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    At the Yes in My BackYard (YIMBY) 2016 festival, we wanted to better understand what makes for an ideal Main Street in Toronto. YIMBY, a Toronto event that brings together individuals and groups involved in grassroots community development to learn, exchange ideas and collaborate on initiatives, was held on September 24 2016 at Toronto’s Metro …

    September 30, 2016
  • ThinkFresh talks Micro-Retail Human Experience Design at Endless City Forms Festival
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    Toronto’s newest urban festival – Endless City Forms will be a magical ride into art, technology and where they intersect with urbanism that will run from Sept 28 to 30 2016. Held at Rally Ossington and The Great Hall, Forms consists of both an art show and a summit discussion featuring artists and speakers from around …

    September 16, 2016
  • Come out to YIMBY 2016!
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    We’re proud to be collaborating for a second straight year with Shape My City on the YIMBY Festival – being held this year at Metro Hall in the Rotunda on Saturday Sept 24th from 12-4pm. This is Toronto’s community urbanism festival where community organizations showcase what they’re all about and come together to work on community-led ideas. …

    September 5, 2016
  • Summer 2016 Recap
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    It’s been a great summer here at ThinkFresh Group. As usual, our team has been busy with building new and innovative ideas around human experience design and micro-retail around Toronto. A summary of our major highlights from summer 2016: Make Your Market: We launched! In collaboration with Social Enterprise Toronto and the Annex Flea, we …

    June 1, 2016
  • Talking About Micro-Retail & The Power of Civic Action
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    The Inclusive Local Economies program of the Metcalf Foundation recently posted a video of their December 2015 event The Power of Civic Action, celebrating the achievements of the Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee (TPWC) in transforming their local park, RV Burgess, into a vibrant community hub. TPWC Chair Sabina Ali told their story and discussed how …

    May 25, 2016
  • Creating Citizen Action in the 6ix – Following Up with YIMBY 2015
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    The success of YIMBY 2015 gave the organizing team the opportunity to think about how to continue to foster citizen action across Toronto to build up a solid culture of Yes in My Backyard. Key issues identified from YIMBY were the need to build connections, share lessons and have more opportunities to meet face to …

    May 18, 2016
  • Hacking Choices on Climate Change: Our project with the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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    On April 7th 2016,ThinkFresh Group, in collaboration with the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) led an exciting hack-a-thon to spur some new ideas on changing human behaviour towards adopting low carbon choices. Specifically, the event looked to address the questions: “What challenges do people face …

    April 6, 2016
  • Bringing the ONN Intersection Hub to Life
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    A few months ago, we wrote about our work with the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) to enhance the participant experience at the ONN 2015 Conference. We had programmed and facilitated the Intersection Hub – a new space at the conference where participants could share their experiences of the conference and their thoughts on the sessions. …

    February 29, 2016
  • Capturing Our Facilitation & Engagement Feedback Tips
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    Over the years, our team here at ThinkFresh has facilitated numerous discussions and conversations ranging from community consultations to design charrettes and even instant conference engagement. We’ve gained many different insights and techniques for conducting unique and deep group discussions and here, for the first time ever, we compiled our collection of Facilitation and Engagement …

    February 22, 2016
  • Honest Ed’s Alley Project in Metropolis Magazine
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    Metropolis Magazine, the New York-based architecture and design monthly, has mentioned the Honest Ed’s Alley project in its February 2016 edition. The issue talks about the changing face of retail and how many retail concepts are now being rethought. In the piece entitled “Scale It Up”, Belinda Lanks talks about different initiatives that are helping …

    January 5, 2016
  • How Might We Design Honest Ed’s Alley for Micro-Retail?
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    In collaboration with our partners Westbank Corp., Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) and The Next Practice, ThinkFresh Group recently hosted a design charrette to discuss how we might design the Honest Ed’s Alley at the new Mirvish Village to be geared for micro-retail. The purpose was to learn what could make the space successful, what would …

    December 31, 2015
  • Helping advance micro-retail in Toronto – a review of our work this past fall
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    Over the course of the fall this year, the micro-retail file has really picked up steam here at ThinkFresh. As discussed in earlier posts, we’ve been busy working on the Honest Ed’s Alley project. Our work with the Alley has provided us with the opportunity to conduct one of the first surveys of micro-vendors in …

    December 18, 2015
  • ThinkFresh Talks Micro-Retail & Honest Ed’s Alley at the DECA/Woodgreen Vibrant Streets Symposium
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    On November 10 2015, the Danforth East Community Association (DECA) in collaboration with Woodgreen Community Services hosted a symposium on Building Vibrant Main Streets and the Power of Local – examining the value of local businesses and their connection to lively streets. DECA has been one of the pioneering groups in Toronto working on refreshing …

    October 29, 2015
  • From the 716 to the 416: Planning & Community Development in Buffalo and Toronto
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    Come to our panel about planning and community development in Buffalo, NY, happening this Saturday October 31 at the YIMBY Festival! Just 2 hours away from Toronto on the other side of Lake Ontario is Buffalo, New York – a city that has met the fate of many similar Rust Belt cities – with declining …