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The Seekers Journal - May 2013
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They say, "Sharing is caring." Though we long to care for each other, our society is not designed in a way that appears to value sharing. It values independence, not vulnerability. We go to specialists with our issues, not our neighbours. All of this said there seems to be a shift towards the environmental, economic and social benefits of sharing. In this May issue, we've included some resources and stories that show the importance of sharing with others and steps we can take to make this an everyday practice.

We don't want you to miss out... Seeking Community is hosting its first ever, face-to-face learning gathering: Neighbours: Programs and Policies, June 10-12, 2013. We are nearly at capacity, so make sure you register today to get a spot.

There has also been a lot of great online activity this month. Seeking Community continues to grow with more members, more page views, a greater following on social media, and more blogs each month. We hope you'll join us in this journey and share your comments, stories and insights online as we continue to explore and learn together about the power of community.

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Jim Diers - Jim Diers has a passion for getting people engaged with their communities and in the decisions that affect their lives. Since moving to Seattle in 1976, he put that passion to work for a direct-action neighbourhood association, a community development corporation, a community foundation, and the nation's largest health care cooperative. He was appointed the first director of Seattle's Department of Neighbourhoods in 1988 where he served under three mayors over the next 14 years.

We are thrilled that Jim Diers will be joining in less than a month, for Seeking Community's first face to face gathering: Neighbours: Policies and Programs, June 10-12, 2013, in Kitchener, Ontario.

Learn More >> Engage with Rachel >>

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Featured Blogs

Derek Alton


Creating a New Home
By: Derek Alton
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Hildy Gottlieb Crazy Neighbourhood Garden Lady
By: Hildy Gottlieb
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Amy Zoethout
To Build a Home
By: Amy Zoethout
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Rachel Brnjas A New Economy
By: Rachel Brnjas
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One Thousand Conversations about Community

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Here are some recent conversations: Women in Supportive Housing Supporting Each Other
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Engage with YWCA-KW >> Slowing Down to Hear the Wisdom of Our Elders
By: Village of Winston Park
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We would love for you to host your own community conversation!
To get our Conversation Guide, click here.

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A Great Tool for Resource Sharing

Streetbank logo Something I have become increasingly interested in is resource sharing on a neighbourhood level. I will not attempt to discuss all aspects of it now because there is a lot to be discussed and I don't want this to be a one-time post on the topic. I simply want to get some dialogue moving around the topic. I know many people are interested in the topic but I haven't seen that much dialogue around it on this site...

Learn More >> Engage with Eli >>

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Upcoming Events

On May 30th, 2013: Transformative Scenario Planning: Accelerating How we Change the Future with Adam Kahane

On June 10-12th, 2013: Neighbours 2013: Programs and Policies in Kitchener, Ontario. With John McKnight, Jim Diers, Al Etmanski, and others.

On June 13th, 2013: Planning and Evaluating Policy Change with Mark Cabaj

On June 27th, 2013: Theory of Change: An Evaluation Methodology to Accelerate Learning with Tom Kelly and Liz Weaver

On October 7-11th, 2013: CCI 2013: Accelerating Impact in Edmonton, Alberta. With Adam Kahane, Ratna Omidvar, Stephen Huddart, Catherine Twinn, Tom Kelly and others.

For More 2013 Upcoming Events and Details >>

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Contact Us

If you have not been active on the site recently, consider posting a blog about any recent community experiences or your perspectives on the topic of change. If you need a new password, just send an email and we'll get you going again. Let's continue seeking together!

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