There’s An Abundance

There’s An Abundance

“Good morning Pontiac!” was the enthusiastic greeting by Rick to one of the guys waiting in line at the neighbourhood soup kitchen. The place is sort of a breakfast soup kitchen that does in fact serve soup and coffee to anyone during the morning h...

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Our Community Is So Much Richer

Our Community Is So Much Richer

These were the words of Dayton City Commissioner Matt Joseph at The ENACT Closing Ceremony at the Dayton Metro Library on December 4th as he shared his appreciation for the contributions of the participants or Fellow in ENACT 937. The goal of ENACT (Emerging N...

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A Welcoming Place To Be

A Welcoming Place To Be

Neighbourhood Week was a festival of the people and places that make Brantford, ON a great place to be. There were community conversations each day and I was able to visit with neighbourhood groups, and meet many passionate community builders. One of the vibra...

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A Map For The Missing

A Map For The Missing

Asset mapping is an intentional focus on the assets in a community. Many groups utilize this process to increase knowledge and pride, foster connections, address community issues and to build stronger neighbourhoods. Sometimes the map will be comprised of all ...

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A Delightful Mess

A Delightful Mess

A month or two ago I started a version of the Neighbourhood Zoo that I call the Gifford Street Animals. It has been interesting to see kids and families interact with it each day. I often place a question with the animals to prompt conversations such as &#8220...

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Has Anyone Invited You To Join Yet?

Has Anyone Invited You To Join Yet?

On a morning walk in St.Petersburg, Florida, I stopped by the baseball field where I knew there were games that included players who were all over 50 and some in the 60s, 70’s and 80s. I had visited years before and knew it was a place of radical hospita...

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It’s A Sign

It’s A Sign

There are over 200 “Happiness” signs in trees all over St. Petersburg Florida. They are made of aluminum and fiberglass and placed up high. The creator of the signs believes words have energies and “happiness” resonates more than most. Recently...

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A Magical Sound

A Magical Sound

There is a high glass ceiling in the atrium on the way to my neighbourhood grocery store. On one one side is a pharmacy and the other the grocery store. In the atrium are picnic tables, several large wooden stumps for people to sit and off to the side there is...

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On the Lookout

On the Lookout

A group of neighbours gathered on a Wednesday evening after a storm had come through. The sun was returning and everyone formed small groups and announced what part of the Eagle Place community they were walking. They were all on the lookout. Everyone was look...

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Preparing For Booms Day

Preparing For Booms Day

I was in Cincinnati the week prior to the Labor Day Holiday, or as some refer to it here, “Booms Day”. A local radio station has produced a 30 minute mammoth fireworks display on the Ohio River since 1977 along with a choreographed soundtrack. A week prior...

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