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Read Paul Born's latest book:
The recent Communities: Programs and Policies gathering in Kitchener, Ontario on June 23-26 was a wonderful opportunity to meet more than 150 people who are all deeply interested in and committed to the importance of community. Community has a Job to Do! Will Snyder and I took advantage and interviewed many of the speakers and participants to ask them what brought them to the event and what they were learning. You can see clips from the interviews posted to Tamarack’s YouTube channel as detailed below, including this opening montage:
Paul Born, President of Tamarack, describes the Communities: Programs and Policies gathering held in Kitchener on 23-26 June, 2014, and the idea that community has a job to do.
John McKnight is best known as the creator of Asset Based Community Development and was a featured speaker and presenter at the Communities: Programs and Programs gathering hosted by the Tamarack Institute in Kitchener, Ontario on June 23-26, 2014. John describes his experience, some of the differences between the US and Canadian approach to community development, and his collaboration with Peter Block in writing The Abundant Community.
Al Etmanski describes his interest in the Communities: Programs and Policies gathering held in Kitchener, Ontario on June 23-26 June, 2014, and relates the story of the “Spirit Canoe”, as brought to life by Bill Reid’s famous sculpture Spirit of Haida Gwaii, the Jade Canoe, and its significant message.
We interviewed Joe Schaeffer at the Communities: Programs and Policies gathering to find out more about his work and background and his newly released book Living Community: Thirty think pieces for moving from dreams to reality.
We interviewed Peter Hughes at the Communities: Programs and Policies gathering to learn about his work at GreenUp (www.greenup.on.ca ) in Peterborough, Ontario and what brought him to this event.
We interviewed Nora Smith, the Family Community Support Services Coordinator in Delburne, Alberta, to find out about the origins of the Belonging: Delburne photo mural project, part of Tamarack’s 1000 Conversations campaign.
Scott Cameron is Social Planning Manager for the City of Red Deer, Alberta, and we asked what brought him to the Communities: Programs and Policies gathering hosted by the Tamarack Institute in Kitchener, Ontario on 23-26 June, 2014.
Stacey Green teaches recreation and community building at Niagara College and has been following the policy work of Tamarack for more than 10 years. She describes her experience as a volunteer at the Communities: Programs and Policies gathering held on 23-26 June, 2014 in Kitchener, Ontario.
Michael Toye is the Executive Director of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (ccednet-rcdec.ca ) and describes the work of CEDNet and his interest in the Communities: Programs and Policies event hosted by the Tamarack Institute in Kitchener-Waterloo on 23-26 June, 2014.
Joe Erpenbeck is the Director of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is currently working on an initiative called Building Caring Communities. Joe has worked with John McKnight and the ABCD Institute for more than 15 years.
Dia Mamatis from Toronto Public Health is working on mental health and the overall well-being of Toronto residents with an emphasis on social inclusion and inter-generational programming. In this interview from Communities: Programs and Policies held in Kitchener, Ontario on 23-26 June, Dia describes some of the new ideas that she is learning about.
David Derbyshire is a community developer working in Hamilton, Ontario, on a community action strategy and has been involved with Tamarack for more than five years through Vibrant Communities and other initiatives. In this interview David talks about his interest and participation in the Communities: Programs and Policies gathering hosted by Tamarack in Kitchener, Ontario on 23-26 June, 2014.
Carol Stewart-Kirkby is the Executive Director of United Way of Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie and is interested in how to engage more deeply with communities and to support policy change. We interviewed Carol at the Communities: Programs and Policies gathering hosted by Tamarack in Kitchener, Ontario on June 23-16, 2014.
Doug McKlusky is with the local Safe and Healthy Communities Citizen Advisory Committee in Kitchener, Ontario, and is participating in the Communities: Programs and Policies gathering organized by the Tamarack Institute to share his experience and learn from others.
Michael Jones is a leadership educator, dialogue facilitator, writer, and pianist/composer who participated in Tamarack’s Communities: Programs and Policies event in Kitchener, Ontario on 23-26 June, 2014.
Laird Schaub has lived in intentional communities for most of his life and is a co-founder and administrator for the Fellowship for Intentional Community. In this interview at the Communities: Programs and Policies gathering in Kitchener, Ontario, on June 23-26, 2014, Laird describes his interest in community development and what he might contribute.
Deepening Community Rap Video
And don’t forget this fabulous rap video based on three chapters of Paul Born’s new book, Deepening Community. Will Snyder produced this and it was shown at one of our plenaries - here is the short version: