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3 replies, 3 voices Last updated by  Laurie Cook 1 year, 2 months ago
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  • Laurie Cook @lcook

    Yup – hubs are an awesome way to support all those things; connection, collaboration, support.

    Work we did on hubs while I was at United Way included developing a diagram to try to articulate the value of hubs.  Tried to attach / insert here but can’t figure out how to do so.

    However, funding for hubs is very difficult to find.  A lot of capital funding can be found in NS through Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and HRM – but operational funding as far as I know was only available from UWH which may be changing its support for hubs though as they try to drill down on poverty solutions with less money than they are used to.  If this source of funding is lost, it could be the end of many hubs, or certainly a major reduction in their efforts.

    It is sad because I believe hubs could be one of the key cornerstones of community and social innovation in the future.  The problem is they are not a ‘project’ or a ‘program’ though – they don’t fit the current mold.  Their contributions are harder to measure because they are longer-term and more indirect.

    How we support such initiatives is – I think – a key question though for the future of solving the kind of very complex issues we now face.



  • Tony Lamport @tonylamport

    I’d like to see a general hub for every community even the well off ones, so that every member knows where help and opportunity is, where a contribution can be made, and where to find human contact when it’s needed.

  • Laurie Cook @lcook

    There are a lot more hubs around than just in Halifax or those related to tech.  There are 12 ‘hubs’ that are / were supported by United Way Halifax focused on various social issues.  Interestingly, only one of them self-identified as a hub.  The one I’m most familiar with is the Old School Community Gathering Place ( in Musquodoboit Harbour.

    United Way Halifax has also done significant research on ‘community hubs’ in Halifax.  More info at:

    This website was set up to help support and network hubs in Halifax.  Unfortunately, the work was cut short after two years.  I was involved as a consultant.  As such, I wrote two reports on hubs in Halifax including rural, suburban and urban.  Would love to find a way for that work to continue in some way.

    Also think very important to look to identify and collect stories of hubs outside Halifax that are very important;  like The Port Grocer ( in Port Medway.

  • Wayside Stories @WaysideSupport

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