Our Windows Don’t Match

For over 125 years, a church has stood at the corner of York and Court Streets in Newport, Kentucky. I was traveling through this neighbourhood and noticed the massive structure entirely made of stone. Driven by my insatiable curiosity, I opened the front door...

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Start With What You Have

Start With What You Have

As a City Councillor, Matthew Green’s commitment to Asset Base Community Development practices while in office has made a meaningful difference for residents. His constituency, has 4 of the 11 ‘Code Red’ priority neighbourhood hubs that are organized...

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An Economy of Abundance, Really?

An Economy of Abundance, Really?

What if we believed in an economy of abundance, rather than one of scarcity? What if we focused on assets and opportunities, instead of needs and deficits? These will be some of the questions Sheldon Johnson, Managing Director at the Community Development and ...

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Seismic Shifts / The Art of Community Building

Seismic Shifts / The Art of Community Building

Krista Tippet wrote in Becoming Wise, “Seismic shifts in common life as in geo-physical reality begin in spaces and cracks.” One of the these spaces where seismic shifts generate from is Thunder Sky Inc. in Cincinnati, OH. The founders of Thunder S...

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Community Development Leadership Summit

Community Development Leadership Summit

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Who Is Your Neighbour?

Who Is Your Neighbour?

I noticed this sign on a recent trip to Toronto. This same question came up often during a series of conversations on community mapping recently. Everyone agreed that the more we all can be known, the more likely we will have a more welcoming community where e...

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A Powerful Why

A Powerful Why

Do you have a why that inspires and engages?  Why do you do what you do? This has been a frequent topic of conversations I have facilitated over the past several months. Groups often become focused on the “what” or the “how” of their a...

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Drum Circles and Community Organizing

Drum Circles and Community Organizing

This week I was invited to join a drum circle. Although I had heard of drum circles, I had never had to chance to participate in one. My friend who invited me said that I didn’t need to have experience and that it was a welcoming group. I very much enjoyed m...

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Have you called your friends lately?

Have you called your friends lately?

For many years around this time, I would receive a phone call from my friend Bill to remind me to “spring my clocks forward.” This was a gift Bill gave to his friends.  He did the same thing every fall to “fall back a hour.” What a hum...

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Sometimes We Need a Map

Sometimes We Need a Map

In Vancouver there is a disc golf course on a relatively small area of land. The holes are all marked, but they are so close together it can be difficult to know if you are throwing to the correct target.  This course is much more enjoyable when there is some...

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