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Cultural dances and Community

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Paul Born and Mark Cabaj write about the community experience of the Kolomeyka, a Ukranian dance performed at parties and weddings. Make sure to check out the video!

Feeding our Loneliness

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Paul Born discusses his involvement in the program Stirling Suppers and how people come to together monthly to enjoy one another, experience community, the joy of sharing a meal and an evening of conversation.


We can learn so much from our neighbors around the world. In this blog by Sophia Fast, a volunteer with the American Peace corp‎ and good friend of our family, she shares a beautiful story of neighborliness from her post in Senegal, West Africa.

Big Changes at Tamarack

Tamarack is changing to serve you better. After 15 years we want to continue to grow and to serve communities and cities with the latest in community change thinking in order to build Vibrant Communities.

Share the learning and light up the world!

In the words of Marianne Williamson:"as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”

As my friends and I grow older, we’re setting our sights on communal living

A few years ago, four friends began a conversation: Here we are in our 50s and 60s, still active and (relatively) youthful, but all moving toward the day when we can no longer cling to our cherished independence. Retirement homes seem unappealing, nursing homes a last resort. Why not live together and support each other?

Chicken Soup Friends

Jenn McRae built and piloted the RADIUS Fellowships in Radical Doing program, which wrapped up its second annual cohort this summer under the leadership of RADIUS Lead Educator Tamara Connell. Here, Jenn tells the origin story behind the Fellows program, and shares some of what we’ve learned so far.

Addressing Loneliness

While we think about big ideas and systems change, people are always at the centre of what we do. And caring for one another is the fuel of the greatest force for community change.

Interesting take re: online communities

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A new study says that social media doesn’t broaden our friend groups, no matter how popular we seem.

Weighty reflections as another Ramadan ends

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Recently, I was invited by my friend Engin Sezen of the Intercultural Dialogue Institute to join him and his community in celebrating Iftar — the evening meal Muslims engage in to break their daily fast and celebrate Ramadan. After the meal I was full, not only of great Turkish food, but also energized with ideas that I had not explored before.