An invitation for stories that add meaningful nuance to research
Thursday April 23, 2015
On average, most individuals in Canada are generally satisfied with their lives as a whole, research released this week reveals. On a scale of zero to 10, the average level of life satisfaction that participants identified was eight or about an A minus.
Group in Salmon Arm, B.C. introducing cycle of community conversations
Wednesday April 22, 2015
Salmon Arm, B.C. is showing what’s possible through moving away from the “great optimism” of the last century — the idea that if we could draw the most brilliant, rational people around us, we would arrive at some kind of utopia — to establishing what resident Erik Bjorgan is calling “new habits as a community.”
Over the last five or so years Axiom News has been able to interview many people on the broad topic of creating the conditions for people to live out vibrant citizenship in their local communities. Reflecting on our many conversations now, we notice that, despite the diversity of contexts, one multi-pronged theme glows bright: People are recognizing that a sense of kindred connection is the precursor to citizenship that is most alive and generative — and they’re on a discovery journey to come up with new ways of gathering that gives rise to that kindred spirit.
Initiatives to build resilience enabling positive social transformation
Wednesday March 25, 2015
Whether it’s the Scottish government’s top-down initiative to develop community resilience or the grassroots resilience-building initiative that is Transition Town Peterborough, as people come together to strengthen their community’s capacity to bounce back from or adapt to crises or changes, they’re changing how they relate to one another in a positive way.
Skepticism. Hesitation. Hope. As participants in yesterday’s Peterborough Dialogues pre-launch lunch gathered these are some of the feelings they voiced. Once again, within 90 minutes new connections were made between strangers and new relationships were sparked. This video harvest shares the parting reflections of some of those who came out to play.
Axiom News gathered 25 creative local change-makers for three lunch conversations in late January, to explore a new media-making, learning and community-building project: The Peterborough Dialogues.
The third day's group found kindred spirits and deep connection among people whose main interests are as varied as environmental education, local business, anti-poverty work, storytelling and local food. Here are some of the reactions to that day. Videos from the first two days are here and here.
The Peterborough Dialogues are just weeks away from public launch. To stay up to date, join the mailing list at peterboroughdialogues.ca.