Revealing Connections of Interest

Revealing Connections of Interest

What do Mookie (Do The Right Thing movie), Kilgore Trout (Kurt Vonnegut novels), Bluto Blutarsky (Animal House movie), Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain), Quenton Casssidy (Once A Runner novel) and Lt. John J. Dunbar (Dances With Wolves movie) all have in common? T...

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Clearing The Way

Clearing The Way

A member of the Harbour Air crew was perched on the wing of the plane clearing the snow off with a broom. As I watched him prepare the plane for flight I thought of the people I have met in North Carolina over recent months. We have all just completed a series...

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Awe Walks

Awe Walks

Awe Walks I read a study completed with older adults where two groups were instructed to go on a weekly 15 minute walk and record their experiences. One of the groups, the “control group” received no further instruction. The other group was asked t...

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Staying Connected

Staying Connected

I am enjoying some of the ways to stay connected as the pandemic goes on. Early on, my friend Dave in Cincinnati, hosted a “Music Draft.” About 30 music lovers met online and each selected our top 10 songs of all time. After it was complete we all ...

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Pop Up Community

Pop Up Community

This colourful pop up plaza has become such a welcoming place in the neighbourhood. These plazas have been set up around the city. At all hours of the day people are there eating, talking, reading, stopping with their pets, playing music, painting and simply r...

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Building A Web

Building A Web

Building a Web of Connections I have been hosting a Staying Connected During a Global Pandemic Zoom conversation with old and new friends in North Carolina with support from the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities. At a recent gathering we dis...

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Creating A Space for Stories

Creating A Space for Stories

A Place for Stories I have been working with several groups including the Free Library of Philadelphia looking at the impact of community catalysts initiatives. The power of residents having a platform to tell their story has been significant. Tiffany, a libra...

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We are Meant to be Together

We are Meant to be Together

This was that last large gathering I was part of before social distancing became the expectation. This was 3 days spent with old friends and meeting new ones, all sharing how people build connections in their neighbourhoods and the significance of this. Now we...

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The Power of An Invitation

The Power of An Invitation

The Power of An Invitation This post comes from Ksenia Stepkina, a very talented community builder who I met at a monthly community conversation that I host. Thanks Ksenia for sharing this story. Back home, we knew all of our neighbours in our apartment buildi...

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Gifts and Passion on a Constant Roll

Gifts and Passion on a Constant Roll

Last week I found a community place I had not seen before. This skate park, Leeside Skate Park, is next to Hastings Park in an old railroad tunnel. The ramps, quarterpipes, obstacles and graffiti are all amazing.I learned that this skating wonderland was creat...

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