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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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What Does an ‘Age-friendly Community’ Look Like?
A 2012 summit on changing the culture of aging in New Brunswick included an invitation for the more than 300 participants to share what an age-friendly community looks like. Their responses are captured in the graphic above by Avril Orloff. A collection of organizations is now working to manifest this vision. Read More
Effort yields surprising outcomes as unlikely partners show their support

The New Brunswick Real Estate Association isn’t an organization that one would necessarily expect to join a province-wide effort to improve the culture of aging, but that’s what’s happened.

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