Our team is excited to announce our commitment to the Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association (ACCPA) this year. It will all begin on May 8th as we offer a Pre-conference workshop on Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) for Rural Communities and Small Populations. ACCPA has been instrumental in serving Albertans and addressing a wide-range of issues relating to crime reduction and community safety since 1989. I have been a long standing member of the organization and served on their Board of Directors several times over the years. Rethink Urban is proud to be part of this years conference extravaganza.
Their upcoming conference will host a number of dynamic speakers and address subjects that are important to all of us. The event is packed full of informative sessions to help participants gather more insight on such matters as our Opioid Crisis, Community Safety Strategies, Creating Safer Downtowns and more.
Our workshop on May 8th builds on our modern vision of urbanization. According to Collins English Dictionary, ‘urban’ means belonging to, or relating to, a town or city. While this definition certainly supports an early form of urbanism, the majority of people in the world have shifted to living in some form of community. Rethink Urban has taken a bold and creative license to define the urban era as any place where people gather and connect. Essentially, this definition allows us to collaborate and co-create with a very broad stroke, considering the global ‘urban century’.
My colleague Anna Brassard and I will be introducing Full Spectrum CPTED: An interdisciplinary approach to Urban Safety and Engagement. Rethink Urban challenges the limitations of traditional approaches to form a powerful fusion of CPTED, Placemaking, Restorative Practice, Arts for Social Change, Compassionate Inquiry and Peace Building methodologies. We hope you will join us at the 2018 ACCPA Annual Conference and explore with us “New Directions in Community Safety.”