Community Animator's blog

Michael Jones Interview at Community: Programs and Policies

Michael Jones is a leadership educator, dialogue facilitator, writer, and pianist/composer who participated in Tamarack's Communities: Programs and Policies event in Kitchener, Ontario on 23-26 June, 2014.

Vickie Cammack Interview at Community: Programs and Policies

Vickie Cammack addressing isolation through intentional networks and the use of technology to connect people with caregivers.

Inspiring Neighbourhoods

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A list of 5 community movements that are inspiring our Deepening Community Animator. What is inspiring you?

Welcome to Deepening Community

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.

A Neighborhood’s Inner Strength

This is an excerpt of the first of a three article series published in the Opinion Pages of the New York Times, republished here with the author, David Bornstein's permission.

Floating Urban Farms

Urban farms have the potential to help cities become more resilient, happier, and healthier in general. Cities around the world are getting creative with their urban spaces and innovating greener solutions.

Working Together and Setting up for Success

Watch this insightful "Unstoppable Conversation" by Vik Maraj who talks about the future of farming and recommends ways of thinking that will help set up our young farmers for success.

Sustainable Community Development: from what's wrong to what's strong

How can we help people to live a good life? Instead of trying to right what's wrong within a community Cormac argues we need to start with what's strong. We need to help people discover what gifts they have and to use those gifts to enrich those around them.

Neighbourhood Strategy: Redefining your Neighbourhood

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What does the word neighbourhood mean to you? Does it run parallel with porch parties, gathering at the park or on your front porch, great possibilities, or deliberately engaging with others to develop a more vibrant healthy community?

Darwin: Re-examined

Taking care of one another and looking out for one another has been an evolutionary prerequisite. It is why we have survived.