Why would a century-old church partner up with a team of data scientists?

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...To build community hubs! An online Lunch & Learn session for churches, community organizations, data analysts, and local champions.

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As we all know, Toronto is becoming an increasingly difficult place to find and secure affordable, inspiring, operational spaces.

At the same time, many faith communities are exploring innovative new approaches to expanding the use of their urban infrastructure – including nearly 30,000 campuses across Canada.

The Welcome Project is a multi-sectoral partnership that connects changemakers in need of space with stewards of faith properties committed to meeting emerging sustainability goals through creative co-location approaches and community building.

The FREE online Lunch & Learn sessions invite diverse stakeholders to come together to discuss and lend their skill sets to efforts to expand the use of century-old churches as locally responsive community hubs. This includes churches across Canada, prospective partners in the social service and cultural sectors, and curious local champions.

Grab your lunch bag and get comfortable, settle in midday at your favourite cafe, or take a much needed break and gather your team for a collaborative session with others facing similar challenges and opportunities.

The inaugural online Lunch & Learn session will focus on sharing learnings from the partnership between East End United Regional Ministry and a team of data scientists to utilize data-driven insights on increasing the vibrancy of it's campuses and responsiveness to local need in surrounding neighbourhoods.

The online Lunch & Learn session is a Twitter chat, where the #WelcomeProject community comes together to hear presentations on emerging solutions to complex social issues, and discuss approaches to applying them to varying local contexts and your specific experiences.

The Welcome Project Development Manager for Toronto's East End United Regional Ministry, Jordana Wright, will lead this chat about how churches can harness the power of data to make more informed property and broad community program decisions.


We'll be exploring a series of questions (i.e Q1) and tweeting answers (i.e A1). Reply to the question thread whenever you'd like with the hashtag #WelcomeProject in each tweet.

See you in the group chat!

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