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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.
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?
The people and communities who need to become empowered are those who lack control over their lives and their health. But working together, they can take on big issues and create social, political, environmental and economic changes in their communities that lead to improved health and human development.
In their latest publication, Planh provides some great resources ideas for what local governments can do to increase social connectedness in communities. They also hosted an informative webinar featuring Milton Friesen, Louise Roberts and Stacy Barter and provided a number of valuable resources.