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Resilience Researcher Noticing Shifts in Social Power

Initiatives to build resilience enabling positive social transformation

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.

Friendship is Created When . . .

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 Comes Home

Seeks to put its gifts and learnings to work in its hometown, Peterborough

After nearly two decades of working with communities and organizations from many other parts of the world, Axiom News is returning to its roots.

The Peterborough Dialogues: Kindred Spirits in Hope, Learning and Change

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

To Reinvent Community as Citizens, We Need New Practices and Vehicles for Getting Stuff Done

Pre-launch gathering for Peterborough Dialogues surfaces key energy point

In the sun-dappled room of an unlikely Peterborough building, a small group of smart and caring residents laughed and cried and spoke with passion as they explored what it could mean for our city to be a “local, living oasis in a global storm of shifting sands.”

The Peterborough Dialogues: A Fresh Take on Media, Conversation and Citizenship

A dynamic group of guests involved in creative community-building work of all kinds joined Axiom News for three lunches from Jan. 21-23, 2015 to explore a new change-making project — The Peterborough Dialogues.

Here's some of the energy and insight from the second day.

The Peterborough Dialogues: Collaborative Media-making, Learning and Change

25 guests with deep history in creative citizen and organizational leadership joined Axiom News for three lunches from Jan. 21-23, 2015 to explore a new community change-making project — The Peterborough Dialogues.

Here's some of what happened the first day.

Team Pioneering Calgary News Co-op Pauses to Reflect, Express Gratitude

New model for supporting local, community-based stories that are life-giving, generative is off to a positive start

The New Scoop team recently took time to reflect as well as thank all those who have helped launch the news initiative in Calgary.

Officially live for about 14 weeks, New Scoop has been a rapid experiment in surfacing, supporting and circulating local, community-based stories that are life-giving and generative. Early feedback has been encouraging.

Employee Ownership Can Help Create a Generative Economy

To create a different outcome, we need a different ownership design

In her 20 years of publishing about socially-responsible business and investing, author and new economy thought leader Marjorie Kelly has seen too often how well-meaning business people seeking to “do good things” find the ownership design of the business working against their intentions. This is especially the case with publicly traded companies.

Seeing a Spreading Pattern of Deep Democracy

What’s required for this to reach a critical mass?

In Israel in 2011 10,000 people walked away having experienced what’s possible when small groups explore what they can do together to create a brighter future.


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