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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Frosty Fest on Family Day Weekend

Frosty Fest on Family Day Weekend

It’s Frosty Fest weekend in Brantford, Ontario. Even though the weather today is not very frosty, it is super festive. A local church, Freedom House created this event 8 years ago as part of their “Transforming the City with Kindness” movemen...

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Hiring a Director of Community Development in Brant County!

Hiring a Director of Community Development in Brant County!

As some of you are aware, I am currently spending time in Brantford, Ontario with an amazing organization that is changing the way people with disabilities in Ontario are accessing the support that they need to build vibrant, included lives in their communitie...

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Ripple Effects of Connected Neighbours

Ripple Effects of Connected Neighbours

Connected citizens in community make neighbourhoods stronger and lives better. This month “My Neighbor’s Place” in Cincinnati will celebrate their 10 year anniversary! This amazing group of neighbours have been connecting and sharing their gi...

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How Neighbors Create “A Village That Raises Their Children”

How Neighbors Create “A Village That Raises Their Children”

Here is one of John McKnight’s latest posts from :  Abundant Community Throughout North America, one of the most popular mottoes is the African saying “It takes a village to raise a child.” Hardly anyone disagrees with its premise. However, there ar...

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A Welcoming Neighbourhood Melody

A Welcoming Neighbourhood Melody

The Brantford Station Gallery is a treasure in Brantford, Ontario. Since 2008, the gallery has become a special place for the local artistic community to share their gifts and creative talents.  They have also built a small non-profit organization to expand t...

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Building Community One Gyro At A Time

Building Community One Gyro At A Time

One of my favorite places to visit when I am back in Cincinnati, Ohio is Sebastian’s.  Sebastian’s is a cozy Greek diner that overflows with hospitality. The food is delicious and Alex the owner always treats you like a long-term friend. Although I have k...

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