‘I think the movement ahead is one that assumes that the limit we have is people are waiting to contribute; they just have to be asked’: John McKnight
Thursday February 18, 2016
The loss of confidence in major institutions, including government, is not a new story, but the spillover into anger and withdrawal of legitimacy from politics, particularly in some countries, may be. Democracy could be in more trouble than ever. So where does hope of restoration lie?
New Westminster takes on ‘poverty of novelty’ in lives of people who have a developmental disability
Wednesday February 17, 2016
In New Westminster, B.C., more than 100 community members, including the mayor, recently signed up to host voluntary learning experiences centred on one of their passions, hobbies, skills or an experience they’ve had. Mayor Jonathan Cote, for example, is offering a behind-the-scenes-tour of city hall.
Community News Commons a path to creating more compassionate responses to our complex world: Noah Erenberg
Monday February 8, 2016
The broader community is at a crossroads of change; change in how we communicate, how we tell stories, how we gather, and most of all, how we include everyone in our community in this effort. So what’s a promising response to this crossroads?
“They told us it made them stronger:” documentary producer The Gazette Company CEO and president Chuck Peters
Wednesday February 3, 2016
A just-released video documentary of the transformation of a once-failing U.K. primary school offers hope not only for our education communities, but also for the way we create the story of any community we care about.
Event creates space for people in the room to design new possibilities based on what they can do and existing community assets
Monday January 18, 2016
PETERBOROUGH - A Jan. 14 jobs and local economy summit hosted by Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha, offered a taste of what could be called deep democracy. People in the room co-discovered existing assets in the community, imagined new possibilities and considered their own level of commitment to bringing something new into being.
MP's town halls are flirting with new ways of inviting citizens into ownership of their future
Wednesday January 13, 2016
PETERBOROUGH - Canadian Federal Member of Parliament Maryam Monsef’s recent community gatherings in her Peterborough-Kawartha riding are modelling new forms of participatory process and citizen leadership. “I see citizens taking ownership of the question,” Maryam said, as over 120 citizens engaged in intimate conversations in circles of three at a January 11 town hall on jobs and the economy.