Paul Born's blog

Yes we can love

How is it that even when people hurt so much that they can still love? When we meet with all of our aboriginal peoples it is easy to see their pain but even easier to see their love. Love can heal - it can help us forgive.

Can a Community Forgive?

Inviting you all to join in with the conversation I've been having in Alberta about our Aboriginal people- how love and forgiveness have the potential to bring hope and change. This conversation will continue next week as I travel to Assissi for the Love and Forgiveness Conference. More to follow- stay tunned.

Chaotic times

I am finishing a book on finding connection in chaotic times. When you read the short write up below does it capture in short chaotic times. What would you add, how might you change it - even just a word or short phrase you might add would be vey helpful.

Many Communities 5

I want now to spend some time describing each stage of the community continuum. I will provide an explanation in three ways. The first will be to explain the stage, secondly by describing the feelings associated with the stage and thirdly by illustrating the stage with a series of short examples.

Many Communities 4

The stages described in many communites 1 should be considered part of a journey to community. Each stage is distinct and though one can flow into the other, the intent of this description is to help the reader to differentiate the different kinds of community in their lives.

Many Communities 1

These five principles are the foundation by I which I hope to propose a unique way of looking at the experiences of community in our lives. Rather than seeing community as an ideal state of being or as something I have or do not have in my life, I would like us to consider community as a continuum of experiences.

Many Communities 2

I have long struggled to find an acceptable definition of community.I want to find a definition of community that allows me to embrace the moment, to experience it when I feel it. To embrace community as it is, in the now, how it is without judgment or comparing it to an ideal state.

Many Communities 3

After reading Derek Alton's blog - I would like to propose that the experience of community is a continuum, in other words a continuous series of experiences, which may or may not blend into each other.


About 40 people gathered last week in this really great neighborhood to discuss how we might grow better neighborhoods together. Three powerful ideas are in discussion.

Great Communities

The Globe and Mail asked readers to nominate the best communities in Canada... no one sent them messages about fancy houses or high-tech infrastructure, or places they are living out their comfortable lives in isolation.People who brag about their neighbourhoods today talk about a place where people know one another, where they are loved.