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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.

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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.

A Human Services Agency that’s in the Business of Healing

Merced County human services agency in California is alive with purpose, creativity and compassion

“I think one of the things that people miss is making a difference, is having a purpose in life,” says Ana Pagan. “So from day one when you walk in here we give you a purpose and you get acknowledged for that.”

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.

Casapluma: The Power of Living Life with People to Improve their Lives

Community development that’s long-term, informal, unpredictable and alive

“I'm incredibly energized by the power of simple things,” Evangeline Hammond says. “ Soccer programs. Potlucks. Just sharing food.”

She’s not talking hypothetically. She's talking about the messy, hands-on, practical form of community development she and her roommates live every day, as the creators and residents of a community house called Casapluma.

Love the City Conference Gathers Faith and Secular Leaders to Combat Poverty

Making connections and pooling resources for a shared vision

How can we combat poverty and inequality in Calgary, right now? Spark. Equip. Connect.

'It Feels Like We’ve Sparked a Movement'

People are thirsting to be involved in Calgary’s new poverty reduction initiative, and creatively finding their own ways to do so

Earlier this month a priest, rabbi and imam joined together to share a message on addressing poverty in Calgary — but not through a charity model.

Stopping Ebola: Group Proposes Approach that’s Halted Past Outbreaks

Key is empowering local communities to lead the way in containing the virus, they say

Reports from the Democratic Republic of the Congo indicate that a recent Ebola outbreak has been stopped with comparably few deaths. In parts of West Africa, however, fear ­— and the disease ­— continue to rage. So what’s different in the Congo? Does it have a more robust health-care system than, for instance, Sierra Leone, where an outbreak shows no signs of slowing down?