Imagine: city planners designing neighbourhoods to increase social capital; elderly people staying in their neighbourhoods for another 5 years; mental health rates declining because neighbours are caring for each other and creating a greater sense of connection and belonging together.
Today’s Indigenous change-makers are a dynamic mix of this heritage blended with cultural practices, ingenuity, strategic vision, entrepreneurship and reconciliation. And still they extend the hand of partnership despite how we have dishonoured and exploited their hospitality in the past.
Our work at PLAN emerged from the heartaches and worries of those who had recently experienced some combination of illness, divorce, the death of a loved one and other tragedies. These cracks didn’t immobilize us. Instead, they revealed the source of our creativity.
From the page to the stage, Words takes over the Forest City this weekend, November 6-8, 2015. London’s literary and creative arts festival is set to bring the community together for a celebration of creative ideas, artistic expression, and cultural diversity.
Paul’s writing style is conversational with lots of stories and personal examples. I was especially fascinated to learn more about his upbringing in a Mennonite farming community since I share similar roots.
A question that emerges from this article is, in an age where people are increasingly working remotely, how can we create a sense of intimacy without connecting in person?
At Tamarack we have a few techniques that we employ to promote belonging.