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Generative Images of the Future: 2021

Sixteen ways to progressive democracy where we live and work

The pandemic gives us reason to move forward rather than delay.

I would like to see us pivot rather than postpone. Deepening democracy, liberating our strengths, and cultivating peace and abundance amidst trying times … this is what I’d like to see happen in 2021 …

Let’s Step Into the Intersection

What’s next for all of us is at the intersection between big and small, system and life world, institution and citizen

For the nations that got on it from the start, the COVID-19 first phase is spent. That means that it is done. Even though money seems to have grown on trees, even those magic money trees seem to have a limit to their yield. Even if the powers that be could keep going to the magic garden of money trees, they are signalling that they too are contemplating the possibility that if all the leaves are plucked the tree will stop giving altogether.

Notes Towards a Definition of Generative Journalism

During the last eight months, a small group of Appreciative Inquiry practitioners has been exploring Generative Journalism.

What Piano and Social Procurement Have in Common

Unbearably practical words pointing to where new worlds of wonder await

So much mystery and romance are conjured by the word piano. The piano is a powerfully evocative musical instrument. A piano is capable of sounding as many notes, and by some mysterious art even more, as a pianist has fingers and in endless combination. The harpsichord, the piano’s predecessor, could do all that too.

Journalists Changing Stance in Response to Pandemic

Media shift towards civic communications is worth appreciating

Over the past two weeks, the journalistic stance of media here in Canada, and I suspect other countries, has been changing in a manner worth appreciating.

Notes Towards a Democratic Newsroom

Start with what brings each journalist alive

If one wanted to create a democratic and engaged newsroom the place to start is with what interests each journalist specifically. Find out what about their community is most important to them personally, what they care the most about.

Conversatio Morum

Last summer I wrote and published a story about a former convent, in which I kept a studio, that was fast becoming a community commons. With 131,000 square feet of space on a 10-acre parcel of land near the heart of the city this place had been purchased by way of a community bond and continues to become a community space.

Hosting a Space for Life

For over 15 years the Axiom News space has been hosting a Space for Life. This is a phrase brought to us by Michelle Holliday and was the midwife of wonderful clarity.

By our conversations with thousands of people over the years we’ve grown into many beautiful friendships and connections. We have met mentors, supporters, fans, and like-hearted people from many parts of the world.

Returning Home to Axiom News

Imagine a warm, welcoming cottage, one that is beloved by its stewards and long-awaiting their return. It is a place lovingly imbued with the many memories and friendships held and hosted there over the years. Some time ago, the occupants of this wonderful place received a call to a work some distance away. As the call increased in its energy the occupants ventured off in answer. The home lay in wait for their return, still holding and serving as sanctuary to the intentions, care, and potential of all that was began and is still alive within its rooms, gardens, and pathways.

Generative Journalism and the Real Issues

After 15 years of producing stories that contributed to change after change for the better, people still come to us with the concern that all we do in Generative Journalism is publish positive stories at the expense of facing reality.

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