Community Archive

Sustaining Our ‘Moral Oxygen’ as Social Innovators

‘Breath is as important to making the world a better place as a sophisticated strategy or the latest social technology,’ says Al Etmanski

If we’re not careful while doing the important work of creating the conditions for social change, we can find our hearts closing rather than opening. So what’s the antidote?

Ashland, VA Residents Step Up to Co-create Poverty-reduction Circles

Circles offer a relationship-based, community-driven response to poverty

David Cooper is feeling renewed hope after seeing his fellow residents of Ashland, Virginia step up to support a unique poverty-reduction effort.

Peterborough Jobs Summit Offers Taste of Deep Democracy

Event creates space for people in the room to design new possibilities based on what they can do and existing community assets

PETERBOROUGH - A Jan. 14 jobs and local economy summit hosted by Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha, offered a taste of what could be called deep democracy. People in the room co-discovered existing assets in the community, imagined new possibilities and considered their own level of commitment to bringing something new into being.

Peterborough Neighbourhoods Connecting for Community

Dialogues moving quickly to what neighbours can do to create the community they desire

Neighbours in Peterborough, Ont. have been moving from isolation to community connection in a matter of hours. In small intimate groups they have been exploring their anxieties and fears and moving quickly to what they can do to create the neighbourhood and community they desire.

A ‘Revolution’ of Neighbourliness Spreading in Long Beach

Non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and equipping neighbours to connect

When Christina Ashley bought her first home in Long Beach, California a year ago, one of her desires was to have close relationships with her neighbours. She heard about a unique neighbourhood-connecting event, the Citywide Pumpkin Party, held each fall, and decided to partner with her neighbours next door to host one in their front yard.

Movements that Spread

And what they can do for us

“I believe movements do what no other vehicle or container can do — they influence and ultimately change people’s opinions, beliefs, habits and what they think,” Canadian social entrepreneur and author Al Etmanski said in a webinar he hosted on thinking and acting like a movement yesterday.

Citizenship Unleashed in Peterborough

A citizen-led gathering models and invites better ways for citizens to gather

PETERBOROUGH - What if we could change the way the community gathers to discuss and decide what matters? That was the intriguing invitation that brought more than 40 citizens of Peterborough, Ontario together earlier this month for a two-hour participatory evening called “Citizenship Unleashed.”

Texting Innovation Shows Promise for Engaging Communities

Texting-based ‘listening posts’ in New Orleans, Macon, drawing participation from unlikely neighbourhoods

A new community engagement platform intended to make it easier for community members to share their ideas, passions and concerns is experiencing early success in New Orleans, one of its pilot cities.

Experiencing the Magic of Paint Blots - and Other Art Forms - for Cultivating Community

Gathering on arts-based community tools weaves new, deep possibilities

A creative brainstorm about new possibilities for reducing poverty in Alberta drew its inspiration from brightly coloured paint blots. Participants were shocked by the depth and vitality of the conversation as a result of weaving the arts into community development work in this way.

Reimagining Our Community Post-election

What’s the next best question for building community and embracing accountability and commitment?

In the energetic wake of this year’s federal elections in Canada, a small group of Peterborough residents is asking what we as citizens can do to reimagine our community — across party lines.