Paul Born's blog

Skating Toward

Things are going to get worse before they get better this year and no amount of innovation or brilliance will save us from the pain that the getting worse is going to cause. So what are the things this pessimistic-feeling optimist is going to skate toward in the next year?

When you need a candle

We come together in times of crisis—it's basic human nature. 9-11, Katrina, Sandy, floods, earthquakes, and fires: these events tend to prod us into huddles of support and sympathy...

John McKnight: A Celebration

We are thrilled that John McKnight is joining us for our Seeking Community event in June- Neighbours:Programs and Policies 2013. Let me tell you why this is a reason to celebrate...

Neighbours: Policies and Programs: June 10-12, 2013

As a member of Tamarack’s learning community, I want to invite you to join me June 10-12 in Kitchener, Ontario. We will celebrate the life of John McKnight as we gather to explore how programs and policies can make neighbors effective agents of change in their communities...

Better Together

Over the past 10 years Tamarack has become active force for community change in Canada and beyond. We have built Canada’s largest learning community for collaborative leaders and also the largest network of cities working together to reduce poverty. As we look to the future...

What is Community?

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I am at times surprised by the definitions people have of community. In the community development world people will often say, are you defining community as a place or by association such as the disability community or...

Michael Moore- Walking, Community and Happy

"This unleashed a lively conversation about mood-aletering drugs, the lousy movies these days in theaters, the rip-off prices for 3D films, etc. Finally, someone wrote: 'Sometimes I think what I need is just a brisk walk.' I tweeted, 'Hey, there's an idea! I'm putting my shoes on right now...'"

Building Community During the Holidays

Here are some ideas to deliberately deepen and nurture your experience of community that you experience this holiday season.

For our children

Children are our future- especially when it comes to love and forgiveness.

Recognizing our Neighbours as an Essential Value

We are human - we can only love when we are together. We forgive because we are forgiven. Our neighbor is essential - central to the hope which sustains us.