Community Archive

Serving Life By Transcending Silos: Christine Spottiswood

Organizations work a certain way. Organizations home in on their mission. They focus on what they know. That means a great deal is left outside.

So, there is huge opportunity in the space between them.

Look to Palliative Care to Address Climate Crisis: Ken Victor

Ken Victor is an essayist and poet who hails from Chelsea, Quebec, Canada. He ‘opened a crack that let the darkness in’ when he convened a small circle of compatriots called the We’re F’d Club (WFC). His arguments are reminiscent of Meg Wheatley's, "It’s not hope we need, but clarity," and Cormac Russell's, "things aren’t getting worse, they’re getting clearer." Ken goes a little further and asks, "if we accept that humanity is terminal, what are we here to save?” Does hope, false hope, stop us in our tracks, when we could instead turn to palliative care practices as a guide to living well while there is still time?

Reclaiming Citizen Power: Angela Fell

Angela Fell has her feet in the soil of Wigan, UK. She is on the ground working with her neighbours and fellow citizens to re-member and reclaim community power. Uplifting people's gifts, passions, skills, and knowledge is yielding new life and regeneration. Exploring new forms of partnership between citizens and our institutions is a next step already underway.

Suburban Illinois Museum Honours and Celebrates Service Members; Educates Community

Through events that honour service members and educate the community, the Chicagoland Combined Veterans Museum, Library and Honor Roll is bridging the gap between the military and civilians.

Two Municipalities, One Voice: Non-profit Gives Stakeholders Say in Development

From new residential development to public art, The North Avenue District, Inc., a non-profit in Illinois’ Metropolitan Chicago Area, is ensuring everyone has a say in their community.

‘Surviving Together’: We Care 2 Agency Provides Metropolitan Chicago Holistic Cancer Support

As an entrepreneur and youth mentor, Kenya Johnson strengthened community bonds in Austin, one of Chicago, Illinois’s 77 community areas.

Quinn Center ‘a Catalyst’ for Community Development in Proviso Township

Designing programs and developing connections with other service providers, the Quinn Center of St. Eulalia has continued its mission of justice, health and peace for 10 years.

‘Joyous and Fun’: DePaul University Humanities Center Unites Public, Academia

For H. Peter Steeves, the curiosity that led to his career as the director of DePaul University’s Humanities Center and a DePaul University philosophy professor began in childhood.

Crossing Borders Between City and Suburb in Everyday Activists Exhibit

Tameka Wilson says she chose an internship with a non-profit, Arbor West Neighbors, to continue growing professionally and personally as she works toward a career in art therapy.

Documentary Examines Urban Farms as Sustainable Solution to Food Insecurity

Just Roots Chicago, an urban farm, has been helping Chicago Illinois's Bronzeville neighbourhood flourish since 2017, through food donations, education and Community Supported Agriculture programs where people can receive fresh produce while assisting the farm financially.