Paul Born's blog

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.

Neighbors Deepening Community

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This beautiful 4 minute rap video entitled Neighbours Deepening Community was commissioned specifically for the Re-imaging Cities ~ Re-Engaging Citizens the 2015 Neighbours: Policies & Programs Gathering in Hamilton Ontario.

Parable of the Earth Science Teacher and the Glass Jar

People often ask us, what does it mean to deepen community? Why is it important for us to talk about it? How can we explain this complex idea, which is, in fact, such an ordinary thing that many of us take for granted or fail to intentionally build? We are reminded of the Parable of the Earth Science Teacher and the Glass Jar.

The Role of the Citizen

From trips to the emergency room, to public safety, to parks and recreation- we all pay the price when we don’t take care of one another and work together to build a sense of community.

Conversations, Community and Grace

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Excerpts from a Carleton University students blog in response to a guest lecture from Paul Born and his book "Community Conversation"

Love, Fellowship, Community - Creating It So We Can All Live

Celebrating and acknowledging the joy that comes from working together to take care of others.

November Blahs Fiesta Cure: Enchiladas

This recipe, one of my favorites, is perfect of a mid-winter party and also a big hit at the local Out of the Cold Program I volunteer with.

Deepening Community: Sharing Our Stories

This excerpt from Paul Born's book "Deepening Community" describes Rita's Story: "How We Live Matters"

Deepening Community: Sharing Our Stories

This excerpt from Paul Born's book "Deepening Community" describes Jill's story: "Lonely is a Choice".