Our Work

Living in Community Model

The LIC Model  of collaborative changemaking is a powerful way to address complex social issues from the neighbourhood level, in towns and major cities. After many years of working primarily in the city of Vancouver, people from across BC and Canada began approaching us and asking us how we were able to bring so many perspectives to the same table to not just talk but to actually create real change. In 2012, the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry made the recommendation that the Living in Community model be adopted by communities across BC (recommendation 4.5).

We work with individuals and groups in every stage of development of the model. We share our learning since Living in Community began back in 2004 – both what has worked well and where we have failed. We introduce our model of change which include changing culture, changing relationships, changing policies and changing practice. We share our principles and structures, and we support other communities (link to mentoring) to adapt the model to their own context. While there are many similarities between different communities, there are also many differences, and we know from experience that change needs to be driven by stakeholders within the community, not experts from the outside.

To date, we have presented our model in Nanaimo, Prince George, Abbotsford, Surrey, Sudbury, Montreal, and St. John’s. St. John’s, NL successfully adapted and implemented the model in 2017.

Reach out if you want to find out more or are interested in bringing the Living in Community model to your community.