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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.
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.
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.
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.
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?