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The ART of Hope

Suggestions of key principles to inform poverty reduction work.

To be Poor is to be Vulnerable

Thoughts on our own vulnerability and the fear of living in a consumer society.

The Problem of Scarcity

Thoughts on the poverty experienced by each of us and how to reclaim our abundance as individuals and communities.

The Face of Poverty

Some initial thoughts and personal reflections on the nature and meaning of poverty as we undertake the development of a local poverty reduction strategy.

Aging, Immigration and Community

As western society continues its preoccupation with security and the perceived threat of terrorism, a new xenophobia seems to be arising, even as we require increasing levels of immigration to replenish an aging labour force. Resolving these conflicting forces will be the great challenge of community.

Stephen Harper: Accidental Poet?

Gardner quotes a Bush official who famously spoke of the "reality-based community," that is, people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." However, the official said, "When we act, we create our own reality."