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Returning Home to Axiom News

Imagine a warm, welcoming cottage, one that is beloved by its stewards and long-awaiting their return. It is a place lovingly imbued with the many memories and friendships held and hosted there over the years. Some time ago, the occupants of this wonderful place received a call to a work some distance away. As the call increased in its energy the occupants ventured off in answer. The home lay in wait for their return, still holding and serving as sanctuary to the intentions, care, and potential of all that was began and is still alive within its rooms, gardens, and pathways.

  It feels good to be back in a familiar setting, to look and see anew with the benefit of retrospect.
   

And so, we come over rise and set our sights once again on this wonderful, warm, and inviting abode. Having been in quiet gestation, it has notions of its own. It stirs with our approach as our hearts also stir at setting eyes on an old and beloved friend.

We’re home.

So now, we lift the dust covers off the furnishings. Open the windows and let the air and light in. We clear away overgrowth, prune back the plants to open up space for new life. We turn the taps to see the water is running, clear out the pipes, and now set the table.

A deep breath. Okay. Now what comes to mind?

It feels good to be back in a familiar setting, to look and see anew with the benefit of retrospect. What were we really trying to do here? What have we learned while we were away and what do this place and the journey away have to say about what is next?

A sunbeam alights upon the table. It feels very much like a new beginning. It feels as though something is possible now that wasn’t possible before. So, let’s begin.

Next: Hosting a Space for Life

 

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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.

In 2018, also in Peterborough, Electric City Magazine was acquired to marry local media capacity with citizen-led dialogue. Peter is now gently cultivating a local dialogue and media making collaborative, Common Work for the Common Good.

Peter works with persistence in support of deep democracy. He continues to innovate what he calls passionately but lightly-held infrastructure for citizen-led community development. He believes that artfully hosted dialogue and generative media making are together a necessary social innovation best suited to cultivating local-living abundance.

Peter’s experience has made him a suberb 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 peter@axiomnews.com.

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