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Tim Merry

A blog series by citizen engagement and systems change leader Tim Merry
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The breakdown of relationship between change makers and the mainstream needs to be bridged. I thought I could, in the words of Buckminster Fuller, “build the new and make the old obsolete.” I no longer think it is that simple. I am more into this quotation from T.S. Eliot: "Hell is where nothing connects." Or this one from G.K. Chesterton: “In the breaking of bridges is the end of the world.”

Tim Merry

A blog series by Canadian systems change leader Tim Merry
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My experience of change leadership and participatory approaches is that it demands people shift their world view. This means their beliefs about themselves, their work, their community, what results are, etc., all have to change.

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Living Your Activism
Kendra McLaughlin, Evangeline Hammond and Celine Chuang, three of the creators of Casapluma. They’ve made their Calgary home a community hub and resource, in the footsteps of Dorothy Day and Shane Claiborne of The Simple Way.
Community development that’s long-term, informal, unpredictable and alive

“I'm incredibly energized by the power of simple things,” Evangeline Hammond says. “ Soccer programs. Potlucks. Just sharing food.”

She’s not talking hypothetically. She's talking about the messy, hands-on, practical form of community development she and her roommates live every day, as the creators and residents of a community house called Casapluma.

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