Belgian municipalities experiment with new model for addressing resource constraints and creating a thriving community
Monday June 29, 2015
In the municipalities of Olen and Houthalen-Helchteren, Belgium, citizen demands are increasing and resources to meet those demands shrinking. In the face of these challenges, local government leaders are becoming more open to experimenting with the addition of a new paradigm to their current ways of working.
The future of our well-being depends on our making visible and supporting associational life: John McKnight
Tuesday June 23, 2015
A Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) study released last week reports that belonging to multiple groups contributes more to personal self-esteem than having a large network of friends. This is particularly the case when groups provide a basis for social identity, that is, when they are considered by people to contribute to their sense of who they are.
Holding a field for change over time through dialogue and media-making
Thursday June 18, 2015
What are the underlying processes that result in transformational change? In a recent webinar, authors Gervase Bushe and Bob Marshak offer a new way to think about the answer to that question through the lens of dialogic organizational development.
Participants share dream for more inclusive, thoughtful narrative art
Thursday June 11, 2015
Tuesday’s tree-fort session emanating from the inaugural Peterborough Dialogues series — a community-building initiative designed and hosted by Axiom News — dared to pose the question of creating an alternative community news media.
What are the possibilities in social enterprise, social procurement?
Wednesday June 3, 2015
After hearing Sandra Hamilton present on social enterprise and social procurement, members of the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce and a number of partner organizations have committed to working together to leverage these new tools to advance the social and economic development of their Vancouver Island town, population 8,000.
‘It’s an amazing thing that people really resist change, even if it’s in their best interest’
Thursday May 28, 2015
Creating the conditions for people to experience “a-ha” moments about new possibilities for their community’s future and how they might take ownership for enabling those possibilities can be a lonely and risky business. The work is rewarding, but it’s a subtle kind of reward — one you have to search for to see, trusting that it will ripple out into long-term, meaningful change.
Cincinnati one of several places reclaiming their economies through neighbourhood economics
Wednesday May 13, 2015
From entrepreneurs in their 20s to established real estate developers, the diversity of people who joined the first few gatherings on neighbourhood economics in Cincinnati had an initiator of the effort, Peter Block, happily stunned.
Initiative takes stock of churches’ assets, explores redirecting them to better serve community
Tuesday May 12, 2015
Carla Leon never knows what kind of response she’ll get when she picks up the phone to cold-call church leaders in Calgary about a new initiative designed to help churches re-imagine who they are in their local communities. But she’s certainly most energized when people instantly “see the light.”