Recent Publications

101 Paths to Peace, Power, and Prosperity

Everyone wants a peaceful, prosperous world. What if there are ways to make it happen? There’s one frontier that’s never been overcome – global human consciousness. Many have mastered their own consciousness, but a peaceful world needs all of us. Are you part of this evolution? Of course you are. Wherever you are in your self-mastery, consider taking another step by applying these ideas to your everyday life. One step leads to the next. The acorn grows to a mighty oak. The tiny mustard seed becomes a magnificent plant. You are part of this growth and abundance. You too, can contribute to the creation of a peaceful, prosperous world. As you begin exploring these ideas, allow yourself to relax, play with them and tweak them. As you continue to explore, uncover, and share the many facets of your own unique creative spirit, that spirit enriches both you and the world. Wishing you peace, power, and prosperity!

tgl and Co-Lab: enabling 'Well-Being' as the New Market

tgl and Co-Lab: enabling 'Well-Being' as the New Market
There is a global opportunity to reappraise the nature, potential and application of human, and all other, resources. Quite simply, the 'recycling' of creative, collaborative opportunities can initiate and support a new market in Well-Being. In effect, our common values and aspirations can be employed as drivers to initiate and sustain the balanced growth of human potential. In tandem, the reduction of stress and debt will become the fuel to generate sustainable growth in the new market.
As members of the tgl platform, people and corporate bodies can generate L-ocal currency simply by choosing personal and mutual well-being as their motivation and goal. The approach engenders a recognition of and commitment to 'real education' in the sense of self-enquiry and self-nurture, founded on balanced values. While, the quest for well-being secures personal motivation as the engine to sustain and evolve the new market .
For sure, a model able to reduce debt, stress and unhealthy living in inverse proportion to the growth of well-being is a worthy investment for us all. Indeed, growth in the new market will evolve with the well-being of the members. Further, by tracking supply-and-demand chains, we can aggregate purchasing power and integrate L-ocal currency to strengthen support, while reducing costs and risk.  
The tgl 'barter market' is inclusive and facilitates trade and exchange using combinations of goods, services, skills, time, knowledge, traditional money and L-ocal currency. While the Co-Lab model is intended to enable social networking to mature as social-cultural-economic networks; lead by tglHub Cooperatives, formed with expert local guidance. This new market structure can introduce diverse new opportunities for investment, secured by collective goodwill and debt-free barter. Operational Perspectives
There are a number of core issues to take account of in any assessment of the operations: tgl'ing can be identified in most activities and classified as 'enhanced volunteering' simply because exchanges of skills, time and knowledge are inevitable
thus, doing whatever was going to be done anyway can generate L-ocal currency  the only addition is that the participants are tgl members using its 'toolset' in support the ability to reward choices for inclusion holds the key to well-being and stress reduction the roots of positive peer pressure can develop within any activity, project or aspiration Potential a workforce prepared to accept 30% wages in L-ocal currency protects its own jobs; while securing the value, acceptability and usefulness of debt-free liquidity and barter the currency supports local enterprise and collective well-being; while it becomes common sense to recycle it in support of the new social-cultural-economic networks
public 'costs' - social, cultural and economic – can reduce in inverse proportion to the rise of well-being, with inherent collective gains
spending L-ocal currency into circulation in public projects reduces borrowing and the damage from social exclusion; while injecting hope, enabling skills exchange andintroducing 'enhanced volunteering' as a new way of responsible living L-ocal currency can be generated as match-funding to traditional investment; while serving to reduce gearing and increase liquidity; all founded on exchanges of skill, time and knowledge in the process, tangible, effective CSR is enabled and PSR – personal social responsibility– introduced main contractors in Justice and Health sectors, now contracted to 'payment-by-results', can access diverse new ways to reduce costs while achieving targets the concept of 'social impact bonds' can be augmented to support multiple 'purses' of public and private funding as they are applied to generate L-ocal currency and well-being
related savings can be re-invested to support and enhance the effectiveness of the model people of all ages, including prison inmates can 'learn-and-earn' to support themselves and their families


Change Your Words, Change Your World
Shift is a creative tool for expanding consciousness. Through thought-provoking questions, stories, illustrations, and poetry, Shift draws out new ways of thinking about old challenges. Its purpose is to bring powerful peace to the reader and powerful peace to the planet, one reader at a time. The book is unique in using words to look at words, meanings, human perception, emotions, and actions. Its words are not Truth; they are catalysts helping readers find their own truths. Shift includes: *Optical illusions *Ambigrams *Ink blots *Cloud patterns *A human consciousness diagram *A discussion of the Human Truth Puzzle that has been solved over and over by person after person, but cannot be adequately communicated using words and symbols. *A startling new meaning to the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche similar to the startling new meaning Dan Brown gave to The Last Supper in The Da Vinci Code.  


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July 2016 E-Neighbour

Snapshot of Festival Activities 2016
Take a look what your  neighbours have been up to since last October. July E-Neighbour showcases some of the great get togethers in all four seasons: pumpkin parade, winter fest, egg hunt, Jane's Walk, forest planting, Neighours Day celebrations, Father's Day picnic, potlucks and more! What is your plan for the summer? 

May 2016 ENeighbour

Start planning your summer activities
Neighbourhood activities can easily happen outdoors during the summer, making it much easier for all to gather. You can celebrate Canada Day, the Summer Solstice, or the end of summer... or simply celebrate the good weather! Read more in the May E-Neighbour.

Building A Movement to Deepen Community

Insights and Learnings from the 1000 Conversations Campaign
In the fall of 2012, Tamarack started on a journey to explore the experience of community across Canada.  We wanted to learn about how Canadians were experiencing community in their lives today, where they were coming together and what they were doing.  We wanted to unpack these experiences, and dig deep into what they meant to people.  We also wanted to dream together.  To learn about Canadians’ visions for community and understand their thoughts on how to get there.  Through this work, we hoped to raise the profile of community in the minds of people across the country and gain insights regarding the policies, programs and practices that support neighbourhood resilience and the building of social capital.  Our assumption underpinning this work is that strengthening and deepening people’s experience in community, will enable us to better respond to challenges and build a better future together. Tamarack created the 1000 Conversations Campaign as a structured way to undertake this work.  The idea was simple: get people together to have conversations with each other about community and then document and share the insights generated from these conversations.  Specifically, the Campaign served two purposes:
1.       It taught us a lot about people’s experiences and insights on community; and, 2.       It gave people a chance to connect with one another and experience community. Through this work, Tamarack developed an initial model for hosting community conversations that: .          Raised people’s awareness of their community; .          Improved their knowledge of and feeling of connection to each other; and, .          Increased their interest and knowledge about becoming involved in their community. The 1000 Conversations campaign was a first phase of Tamarack’s work in exploring the meaning and possibility of community.  The learnings from the 1,000 Conversations Campaign have now evolved to a new phase:  Local Deepening Community Initiatives.  From 2014 – 2017 Tamarack is committed to partnering with 3-5 local communities each year who are interested in leading local Deepening Community Initiatives within their own communities. These initiatives are simultaneously highly aspirational and profoundly practical projects. Our partnerships with a variety of local communities across Canada is one of the ways in which Tamarack is committed to supporting a national movement of community builders interested in deepening our collective understanding of the power and possibility of community and identifying the programs, policies, and practices that are demonstrating effectiveness in building and sustain strong, engaged communities.
Community Conversations

Healing Trauma in Community

First steps to some principles for community-based healing
Trauma Journeys in Community This is a first draft of a set of principles or markers for a journey of healing trauma in community settings. It is intended to answer the question “What can we share of what we know about trauma healing within diverse communities”? It recognizes the success of 12 step programmes like AA while pointing out the difficulties of (a) giving one’s self over to a “higher” power and (b) centralizing Christianity when dealing with peoples whose spirituality is other and whose trauma includes colonization and sexual/spiritual abuse within churches. This draft also honors indigenous and community-based healing practices rather than the more individualized, decontextualised and pathologising/disease models of Eurocentric paths. It assumes that healing places will have the same characteristics as those people seeking healing, i.e. be safe enough, open and freely accessible, able to offer confidentiality even though located within communities, alcohol and drug-free, honoring diverse expressions of Spirit and the particular group’s emergent culture ( developing community altars, marking beginnings and endings in meaningful ways, celebrating/feasting together, using multiple modes of creative expression).   Be safe enough No woman, no child, no disenfranchised or vulnerable person within the larger community, including any member of non-dominant cultures, is fully safe. However those addressing trauma need to be safe enough. That is they should not be currently living in an abusive situation. Their basic needs for shelter, food, health care and at least some loving supports, should be in place first. Addictions, which numb emotions and increase dissociation, need to be in recovery. Addiction recovery and trauma recovery go hand in hand.         2. Be ready to know We recover and look at our memories of the unbearable only when ready. Often it is in leaving places of conflict, getting rid of addictions, discovering loving supports, reaching some period of social safety, having a child or being with an other who calls forth the deep need to protect, nurture and foster growth, that we become ready to know. It is also rare for a trauma survivor to go toward healing until they are ready to know, however mixed their emotions.         3. Have guides or witnesses prepared to walk the path with you Someone who has been through the journey of trauma recovery far enough can guide others at least as far, and only as far, as they have traveled. There also needs to be a clear commitment to stay with those journeying in both compassionate and self-compassionate ways. Hence the problems of most medical/psychological/counselling systems which do not require practitioners to have made their own journeys …and the problems within profit-run non-wholistic systems or those with limited coverage which promote revolving-door treatments, short-term or solely medical-model coverage with no adequate training in multi-local models of trauma, indigenous ways or power literacy. Even with adequate enough guides, there is still the need for community and or public witnessing of the injustices, pain and effects of trauma to heal individuals, communities and, in rippling effects, cultures. That is why I offer these tentative first steps for others to build upon.         4. Be in open healing contexts that counter and never fully replicate the power over dynamics of the abusive contexts underlying traumas. Closed units or entrapment only within the medical mental health system (or even in remote communities/residential settings with just one or two ‘expert’ healers) tend to replicate dominant-subordinant dynamics. Long-term individualized one-up, one-down, expert-patient healing situations risk the same issues. They can easily maintain or replicate disempowerment and risk epistemological abuse however well intentioned. Hence I suggest community-based healing circles containing others further along on the healing journey. They can offer open, easy and free access to those safe enough and ready to know. They can ask confidentiality and social equity like that found in AA or NarcAnon. Information on such circles locally needs to be in every health and community centre, library, supermarket, church, video/liquor store and sports complex. Experienced guides could initiate such healing circles together in several communities, sharing their experiences, resources and learnings. At the same time we need to be addressing the problems in the traditional training systems to which most survivors are directed. We need training systems which teach about multi-levels of trauma, that have a long-term peer team commitment to survivors, that teach power literacy and the effects of colonization, racism, global greed and cultural awareness specific to their places. We need to advocate for funding for survivor chosen wholistic treatment in multiple modalities beyond the medical, pharmaceutical and psychological, all of which tend to be euro-centric and non honoring of indigenous healing ways locally. We need to develop and offer those more community-based indigenous resources to more traditional systems, e.g. hospitals, doctors offices.  5 Rekindle inner life and the sense of Spirit larger than ourselves, larger than humans, certainly larger than organized religions or tribal traditions, many of which are themselves traumatized. When the basic human contract of interdependence and loving connection with each other is violated, the sense of trust and of life’s meaningfulness is impaired. “Violence historically destroyed our capacity for inner life and has subsequently limited it from re-emerging” (McIntosh, A. 2008,  Hell and High Water; climate change, hope and the human condition.) Rekindling the sense of the Sacred and of inner life, heals.

Practices for Building Community

Learnt from 10 yrs of Spirit Matters Community gatherings
  1. Call in Spirit first.   2. Invite each person to introduce themselves to the community.   3. Honour the ancestors and descendants, elders and youth.   4. Sit in circle.   5. Create space for each to be seen and heard.   6. Give time and guidance for solo reflection on experience.   7. Model a gift economy to set the stage for a free flow of giving and receiving (e.g. "free table")   8. Share food; local, organic, prepared by local community.   9. Elicit non-verbal ways of knowing and being.   10. Offer a sanctuary space.   11. Make space and provide materials for spontaneous creativity  

Global Public Space Toolkit From Global Principles to Local Policies and Practice

Public spaces contribute to defining the cultural,social, economic and political functions of cities. They continue to be the first element to mark the status of a place from a chaotic and unplanned settlement to a well-established town or city. The value of public spaces is often overlooked or underestimated by policy makers, leaders and developers
There are a number of reasons for this, such as the lack of resources, understanding or capacity to use the possibilities of public space as a complete,multi-functional urban system. Often the lack of appropriate enabling frameworks, weak political will and the absence of the means for public
engagement compound the situation.
In recent years, however, we have observed a remarkable rise in the number of cities, particularly in the Global South, that have managed to use public space as a key lever for urban development.Cities have used public space to improve mobility and access to basic services, making their environment safer and crime-free, stimulating economic activity and investment, preserving historical and cultural assets or facilitating urban renewal and inclusiveness.