Axiom News Archive

Navigating the Realm of Co-Creation: A Conversation with Paul Harris

Paul Harris is animating community as a convenor, coach, author and artist. He hails from Red Deer, Alberta, where Nora Smith and a small group of generative journalism practitioners are pursing an inquiry into how community members are cultivating a creative, destination hub.

In this generative interview, Nora and Paul explore the process of co-creation, our identities in that work, and the how the definition of a community includes more than the people in it.

Managing Director Lisa Pogson Says Employee Engagement is Key to Flourishing

Airmaster is an employee-owned heating and cooling company based in Sheffield with a national reach.

Starting out in air conditioning, the business has expanded to become a £9m turnover mechanical services contractor, which unusually for its sector has been owned by its workers through an employee ownership trust since 2021. The trust was set up to create a path to retirement for its founders, as well as helping to safeguard its working culture and build deeper involvement from its workers.

As first build approaches new ‘inner-working’ circles in finance, design, matching, and engagement are born

The most recent citizen-led Tiny Homes Working Circle in Brantford, Ont. saw the creation of new, smaller working groups, all aimed at helping carry the pilot project to build two tiny homes in the city through to fruition.

Not willing to wait any longer for a system response to the housing crisis in their community, a group of citizens in Brantford, Ontario has taken it upon themselves to do what they can.

Tony D’Amato Stortz, who has a wealth of experience helping tiny-home communities thrive in Canadian cities, spent an hour with the March 7 Tiny Home Working Circle to share his insight and help the group advance their efforts to create affordable housing in the Brantford, Ontario community.

Citizen-led working circle to reconvene community, explore Social Financing options

Brantford, Ont. city staff have indicated they see no reason not to give a green light to plans for the construction of two tiny-home prototypes — a one-bed dwelling and a two-bed dwelling — on property secured in the city, a signal that the project to bring a tiny-home community to life has advanced another step.

Community response to homelessness building tiny home capacity in Brantford

A group in Brantford, Ont. has been meeting fortnightly since 2021 in an effort to bring together local strengths and talents to create a tiny-home community as a citizen-led response to the housing crisis the city of 102,000 is experiencing.

This is a fascinating conversation at the intersection of culture, criminology, and recovery.

Dr. David Patton is a criminologist and recovery researcher. Most recently David has been engaged with a Recovery Pathways Research Team coming to grips with the variety of pathways people take on their road to recovery from addiction. 

Editor’s note: At a Community-Based Response to Housing Summit earlier this year, which Axiom News came alongside for, Belonging Brant’s Jocelyn Birkes raised her hand to say yes to doing something. In this Q&A, Jocelyn speaks with Peter Pula about her inspiration to step up, the integral connections she’s made along the way, and what her visions are for the future of housing in Brantford, Ontario.

Oliver Escobar was raised in a country governed by a dictatorship. Now he is making a life work in democratic research, teaching, and advocacy. He says many or most of our democracies are very underdeveloped. They focus on just a few practices, elections and party politics, which are important but very limited aspects of democratic life. That underdevelopment may have played a role in bringing about what is now a time of great upheaval. That upheaval might in turn serve up an opportunity for renewal.