Community Archive

Co-creating Generative Space in Community

'You don't analyze and engineer a generative space. You host and you convene and you narrate.'

What's it take to co-create and hold a generative space in community? What questions do we start with? What are the design constraints to generate real, felt change? How does individual agency fit in? What’s the place of analyzing and engineering versus hosting and narrating a generative space?

Awakening the Possibilities for Reconciliation in Canada

What’s next? ‘Blue sky,’ though language is still a speed bump

Bright hope for the future of reconciliation in Canada has stirred and bloomed for Wanda Brascoupé Peters, and when asked what’s next for this work, she answers with vivacity, “Blue sky.”

Peterborough Congregation Embraces New Way of Gathering

‘We're really excited about what's happening. This is distinctly different from anything we’ve done before.'

PETERBOROUGH - A Peterborough congregation's shift into new ways of gathering is sparking a whole new energy and connection, members are saying. "This is just the beginning, but it is an amazing beginning. We’re in a completely different place than we were one year ago," Jovanna Soligo, one of the members, says.

A Journey of Discovery into Reconciliation Ignites Deeply-felt Change

Gathering centred on cultivating reconciliation leaders transforms how participants see themselves, their work, the future

An energy to discover and live into the full possibilities of reconciliation is still radiating days after a gathering in Whistler, B.C.

On Being Generative

Video tidbits from a dialogue

A dialogue on the topic of holding a generative field or space took place recently at the Axiom News studio. This post features several video tidbits (seconds-long clips) from that conversation.

Shifting to a Generative Conversation on Poverty

'When we get to the essence . . . that's when we can really make change happen:' Darrell Howard

Learning about the intention, practice and possibilities in Generative Journalism is igniting shifts for people, both in their work and personal lives. Here's a brief video reflection from Calgary resident Darrell Howard on how she's been bringing the Generative Journalism philosophy and approach into her work with a Calgary poverty group.

Savouring the Gifts in the Appreciative Inquiry Community

Asking into a new calling for strengths-based working and living

The warmth, humanity and beauty of those working with Appreciative Inquiry emanates yet again through a recent gathering in Williamsburg, Virginia. Asked to give the experience a colour, some say a rainbow, as a symbol of hope in these stormy times and the blending of possibilities through diversity. Yellow is also suggested, for “sunshine, joy, new beginnings to another day and another chapter for the Appreciative Inquiry community.”

A New Conversation for Human Services and Criminal Justice

Day-long gathering draws out leadership in the room

What would be possible if we deepened relationships and synergies between our human service and criminal justice silos and agencies?

That was the invitation that brought 40 people together in Peterborough, Ontario on Feb. 22. The majority of them are engaged in human service and criminal justice work across the Haliburton, Kawartha and Pine Ridge regions.

Restoring Democracy from the Neighbourhood Out

‘I think the movement ahead is one that assumes that the limit we have is people are waiting to contribute; they just have to be asked’: John McKnight

The loss of confidence in major institutions, including government, is not a new story, but the spillover into anger and withdrawal of legitimacy from politics, particularly in some countries, may be. Democracy could be in more trouble than ever. So where does hope of restoration lie?

B.C. Community Shares its Gifts in Response to Poignant Social Issue

New Westminster takes on ‘poverty of novelty’ in lives of people who have a developmental disability

In New Westminster, B.C., more than 100 community members, including the mayor, recently signed up to host voluntary learning experiences centred on one of their passions, hobbies, skills or an experience they’ve had. Mayor Jonathan Cote, for example, is offering a behind-the-scenes-tour of city hall.