Journalism Archive

Honouring the Great Mystery that can Heal the Soul

‘You can’t have a movement without music,’ singer and social activist says

Diem Lafortune feels like her life is just starting, listening to her deepest inner voice following a journey of healing to tell stories through her music with stark honesty and heart.

Seeding a Better Future Through Media-Making

Six themes are emerging for

The media-making plans of the Peterborough Dialogues — a community experience planted in a blend of possibility-oriented dialogue and media making — are swirling into clear focus. Weekly gatherings centred on the media making have surfaced six core themes for the ongoing work.

Dialogic Organizational Development and What Else is Possible

Holding a field for change over time through dialogue and media-making

What are the underlying processes that result in transformational change? In a recent webinar, authors Gervase Bushe and Bob Marshak offer a new way to think about the answer to that question through the lens of dialogic organizational development.

Peterborough Dialogues Tree Forters Trek Into Community Media Making

Participants share dream for more inclusive, thoughtful narrative art

Tuesday’s tree-fort session emanating from the inaugural Peterborough Dialogues series — a community-building initiative designed and hosted by Axiom News — dared to pose the question of creating an alternative community news media.

Journalists Cultivating the New Emerging Story

Ben Kaplan seeks to actualize possibilities in new urbanism for his hometown

Ben Kaplan is one of a new breed of journalists focused on not only discovering but cultivating the new, emerging story in their local communities.

A Dream for a Generative Media Co-op in Calgary

‘There is a lot of untapped energy and capacity in Calgary to make this happen,’ founder says

From choosing to live in cohousing to investigating how church buildings might become community hubs, Sarah Arthurs’ life and work pulses with the themes of community and innovation.

The Inner Journey to Becoming an Entrepreneur

It takes time to find your own voice: Griet Bouwen

Since Griet Bouwen chose to leave a stable job to work on her own more than two years ago, she’s been struck with how challenging the inner journey has been for her. More than figuring out business plans or branding, the main struggle has been finding her own voice. But this spring, she feels she’s finally come into her own. In this story she shares what’s worked for her, as well as what she’s still dreaming about.

Creating the Conditions for Vibrant Citizenship to Emerge a Story of Interest

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.

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.

Jumping Off Iowa’s Entrepreneurial Excitement, Journalists Launch Innovative Conversation Series

Team blends community conversations, media-making to heighten possibilities for connection, change and learning

Entrepreneurs may be the new celebrities in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, if the buzz that’s surrounding them these days is any indication. An event in November to launch 10 “baby” enterprises that had been carefully nurtured for three months prior drew 900 community members. This is a city that typically only sees that kind of crowd at a college football game or celebrity music concert.