The Community Revitalization Research Program curates and commissions case studies, opinion pieces, and briefing notes to explore pressing social issues in Canada. In doing so, we support undergraduate and graduate student research at the Smith School of Business. We also engage with and support community researchers on many of our projects.

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Featured Piece

Lionhearts: A Case Study

By Nicole Rodger and Tina Dacin

Lionhearts is a local Kingston charity organization that aims to "unite people with practical acts of love." Through its food rescue program and cafe, Lionhearts has helped thousands of people in the Kingston area. 

This case study provides a background of the organization and outlines its key challenges going forward. The Community Impact Research Program continues to work with the founder of Lionhearts, Travis Blackmore, to help him expand his organization.

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Research Insights

Research Insights apply academic research on community to derive practical takeaways about the communities that surround us. 

What is Community?

By Jonah Zgraggen

Community can be challenging to define. In this article, Jonah Zgraggen, student research fellow for the CRRP, attempts to answer the question "What is Community?"  In the process, he develops a model that can be used to help us strengthen our own communities.

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Creating Community at Smith

By Jonah Zgraggen

Student research fellow Jonah Zgraggen explores how Smith has responded to Stolen By Smith and what other top business schools are doing to build diverse communities.

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In Conversation

In Conversation is a series of discussions with local Kingston and Canadian leaders highlighting the innovative ways they are building community. 

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In Conversation with Travis Blackmore

By Nicole Rodger

Nicole Rodger, a CRRP student research fellow, sits down for a conversation with Travis Blackmore.

Blackmore is a Kingston resident and the founder of Lionhearts, a local charity organization that aims to unite people with practical acts of love.

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In Conversation with Jessica Takimoto

By Jonah Zgraggen

Jessica Takimoto is a Smith Commerce graduate who started SHINE, a live fitness community, based in the Kingston area. SHINE aims to redefine what it means to exercise.

Jonah Zgraggen and Jess Takimoto discuss why creating a strong community has been essential to SHINE's success.

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