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Citizenship Unleashed in Peterborough

A citizen-led gathering models and invites better ways for citizens to gather

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.”

Iqaluit Social Enterprise Discovering Abundance in Scarcity

Inclusion Café thrives on strong community partnerships

An Iqaluit, Nunavut social enterprise is demonstrating what’s possible through seeking abundance in the midst of apparent scarcity ­— both in its community and in the people it exists to support.

Texting Innovation Shows Promise for Engaging Communities

Texting-based ‘listening posts’ in New Orleans, Macon, drawing participation from unlikely neighbourhoods

A new community engagement platform intended to make it easier for community members to share their ideas, passions and concerns is experiencing early success in New Orleans, one of its pilot cities.

Experiencing the Magic of Paint Blots - and Other Art Forms - for Cultivating Community

Gathering on arts-based community tools weaves new, deep possibilities

A creative brainstorm about new possibilities for reducing poverty in Alberta drew its inspiration from brightly coloured paint blots. Participants were shocked by the depth and vitality of the conversation as a result of weaving the arts into community development work in this way.

Employment Social Enterprises Hold Seeds of a Preferred New Economy

Beautiful language is surfacing worldwide for a preferred new economy upon which to build society. Gift economy; sacred economy; sharing economy; local, living economy; and compassionate economy are among the exciting and promising newer words and concepts.

Diverse Worldviews Aside, Who Wants to Join in Co-creating a New Future?

Initiative to accelerate and bloom Generative Journalism and the New Narrative Arts lands on clarifying question

As things continue to move forward around accelerating and blooming Generative Journalism and the New Narrative Arts, a conversation amongst a core team yesterday ran into the prickly question of how much energy to put into engaging those with diverse worldviews.

Reimagining Our Community Post-election

What’s the next best question for building community and embracing accountability and commitment?

In the energetic wake of this year’s federal elections in Canada, a small group of Peterborough residents is asking what we as citizens can do to reimagine our community — across party lines.

Renewed Hope for Journalism Creates Shifts

Gathering centred on how communities, journalists can thrive together igniting new connections, possibilities

An energy for discovering and bringing to life journalism’s deeper promise is still pulsing days after a gathering in Portland, Oregon, inspiring participants to new connections and possibilities.

“My hope has been renewed,” says Renee Mitchell, admitting she had long bought into the pessimist view that journalism was basically a dying industry, gasping for its last breath, which "deeply saddened her."

“But I now recognize that what is bubbling up in the void between what was and what is coming is not new journalism but next journalism, where the possibilities are endless on how to use technology to tell stories that build, empower and inspire community. That's what’s so exciting for me."

Calgary’s Generative Journalism Co-op Continues to Draw Interest, Support

Possibilities for impact highlighted through co-housing success

The willingness of half a dozen people to join the New Scoop interim board is one indication of the appetite for an alternative news platform in Calgary.

Small Win Seeds Hope for Community-led Change in Haida Gwaii

Northern B.C. islands on a discovery path of what it looks like to cultivate grassroots leadership

A place on the Masset Village shoreline that resident Joan Ewson took the lead in getting cleaned up several weeks ago is still litter-free. She’s so energized by this and how it happened that she’s about ready to tackle the rest of the shoreline.