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.
We are actualizing something by how we’re meeting together: Peter Pula
Friday January 8, 2016
From outliers to renegades, pirates and solitary forest wanderers, a few words cropping up in an international dialogue on Generative Journalism and the New Narrative Arts hosted by Axiom News this week surfaced a shared sense of being on the edge of something — the thrilling but also often lonely and anxiety-ridden edge.
Directly linked to that, there was a pulsing theme of gratitude to have found one another — to have discovered companions or, better yet, fellow pirates, as Jocasta Boone said, for the ongoing adventure into the unknown.
Dialogues moving quickly to what neighbours can do to create the community they desire
Wednesday December 23, 2015
Neighbours in Peterborough, Ont. have been moving from isolation to community connection in a matter of hours. In small intimate groups they have been exploring their anxieties and fears and moving quickly to what they can do to create the neighbourhood and community they desire.
Non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and equipping neighbours to connect
Wednesday December 16, 2015
When Christina Ashley bought her first home in Long Beach, California a year ago, one of her desires was to have close relationships with her neighbours. She heard about a unique neighbourhood-connecting event, the Citywide Pumpkin Party, held each fall, and decided to partner with her neighbours next door to host one in their front yard.
‘Yes, we have emergencies, but let’s declare a state of emergence:’ Jean-Louis Lamboray
Thursday December 10, 2015
Trapped in the snarl of traffic in Lille near the Belgian border due to new security measures a few days ago, Jean-Louis Lamboray lit up when his Spanish-speaking friend’s slip of the tongue cast the situation in a whole new light as she called it a “state of emergence.”
“I believe movements do what no other vehicle or container can do — they influence and ultimately change people’s opinions, beliefs, habits and what they think,” Canadian social entrepreneur and author Al Etmanski said in a webinar he hosted on thinking and acting like a movement yesterday.
A citizen-led gathering models and invites better ways for citizens to gather
Tuesday November 24, 2015
PETERBOROUGH - What if we could change the way the community gathers to discuss and decide what matters? That was the intriguing invitation that brought more than 40 citizens of Peterborough, Ontario together earlier this month for a two-hour participatory evening called “Citizenship Unleashed.”