Recovery Pathways and Clues to Social Renewal: David Patton

Recovery Pathways and Clues to Social Renewal: David Patton

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.

The effects of a culture that dislocates, fragments, and isolates people from themselves and community often manifest in addiction. Already harmed by society, people develop substitute lifestyles around addiction. Conventional approaches to 'dealing with' the effects of those lifestyles very often, rather than open a road to recovery, actually pile more harm upon harm.

A patriarchal system promises to fix things, but can't. Period.

In the meantime, the cultural milieu that creates the original harm, one of power over, domination, and oppression is overdue for revisiting and renewal.

In this episode we work through the questions of how addiction begins, the fact that many of us are addicted to something whether to a substance or not, and the pathways to a new life both for each individual and our culture as a whole.

There seem to be parallels between recovery from addiction and recovery from a culture that does harm. Lessons learned from recovery, and for social renewal, abound in this wonderful conversation.


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During this conversation with David Patton, we reference an earlier one with Peter Charad.

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Peter Pula

Peter Pula has been exploring the pathways to social evolution since founding the Grassroots Review in his hometown of Peterborough in 1992. Since then he has served on the boards of civil society and arts organizations and served as board president on two of them.

He has been actively involved in federal politics and led a corporate communications firm. Axiom News was incorporated under his leadership in 2009 and went on to establish the practice of Generative Journalism in an international arena.
In 2015, Axiom News founded and funded the Peterborough Dialogues in its hometown. The Peterborough Dialogues hosted over 350 deep community dialogues, established and refined hosting arts, and has had lasting impact in the Peterborough community. For this work in community, Peter was awarded the 2017 Brian L. Desbiens Community Service Award by Fleming College after being nominated by his peers and members of the community.

Peter works in support of deep democracy and passionately but lightly-held spaces for citizen-led community development. He believes that artfully hosted dialogue and generative media making are together a necessary social innovation for cultivating local-living abundance.

Peter is an artful dialogue host, newsroom director, team leader, mentor, trainer, and consultant. He can be a supportive force in the cultivation of initiatives in your community, network, or organization.

He has been invited to host dialogues, summits, workshops, and learning circles in Canada, the United States, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and most recently in France.

If you would like to enjoy an exploratory conversation about engaging Peter in appropriate ways to enliven or enlighten your initiatives, you can reach him directly by writing to

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