I recently attended the first international Better Future Network (BFN) Forum in Rio de Janeiro, November 24th-28th, hosted by the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation (CCCI) of Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, in partnership with COEP (Comitê de Entidades no Combate contra a Fome e Pela Vida – the Committee of Entities in the Struggle against Hunger and for Life) based in Rio.  The Forum included case studies from around the world focused on the exchange of knowledge to strengthen sustainable communities: building on what now exists and generating new knowledge of livelihoods, the social economy, active citizenship and social and technical innovations.  The BFN aims to create a space for dialogue, learning and action by communities and their organizational allies who are striving to solve the pervasive challenges of inequality and exclusion. The partners have established a Brazil-Canada relationship which is the cornerstone of this knowledge-sharing initiative. COEP, COPPE and CCCI have a record of work with disadvantaged communities in both countries. They have been catalysts for effective practical partnerships among communities, universities and research organizations, working as well with public research funds and agencies, and with private philanthropy.