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On Being Generative

Video tidbits from a dialogue

A dialogue on the topic of holding a generative field or space took place recently at the Axiom News studio. This post features several video tidbits (seconds-long clips) from that conversation.

Shifting to a Generative Conversation on Poverty

'When we get to the essence . . . that's when we can really make change happen:' Darrell Howard

Learning about the intention, practice and possibilities in Generative Journalism is igniting shifts for people, both in their work and personal lives. Here's a brief video reflection from Calgary resident Darrell Howard on how she's been bringing the Generative Journalism philosophy and approach into her work with a Calgary poverty group.

Savouring the Gifts in the Appreciative Inquiry Community

Asking into a new calling for strengths-based working and living

The warmth, humanity and beauty of those working with Appreciative Inquiry emanates yet again through a recent gathering in Williamsburg, Virginia. Asked to give the experience a colour, some say a rainbow, as a symbol of hope in these stormy times and the blending of possibilities through diversity. Yellow is also suggested, for “sunshine, joy, new beginnings to another day and another chapter for the Appreciative Inquiry community.”

A New Conversation for Human Services and Criminal Justice

Day-long gathering draws out leadership in the room

What would be possible if we deepened relationships and synergies between our human service and criminal justice silos and agencies?

That was the invitation that brought 40 people together in Peterborough, Ontario on Feb. 22. The majority of them are engaged in human service and criminal justice work across the Haliburton, Kawartha and Pine Ridge regions.

Restoring Democracy from the Neighbourhood Out

‘I think the movement ahead is one that assumes that the limit we have is people are waiting to contribute; they just have to be asked’: John McKnight

The loss of confidence in major institutions, including government, is not a new story, but the spillover into anger and withdrawal of legitimacy from politics, particularly in some countries, may be. Democracy could be in more trouble than ever. So where does hope of restoration lie?

B.C. Community Shares its Gifts in Response to Poignant Social Issue

New Westminster takes on ‘poverty of novelty’ in lives of people who have a developmental disability

In New Westminster, B.C., more than 100 community members, including the mayor, recently signed up to host voluntary learning experiences centred on one of their passions, hobbies, skills or an experience they’ve had. Mayor Jonathan Cote, for example, is offering a behind-the-scenes-tour of city hall.

Sustaining Our ‘Moral Oxygen’ as Social Innovators

‘Breath is as important to making the world a better place as a sophisticated strategy or the latest social technology,’ says Al Etmanski

If we’re not careful while doing the important work of creating the conditions for social change, we can find our hearts closing rather than opening. So what’s the antidote?

Ashland, VA Residents Step Up to Co-create Poverty-reduction Circles

Circles offer a relationship-based, community-driven response to poverty

David Cooper is feeling renewed hope after seeing his fellow residents of Ashland, Virginia step up to support a unique poverty-reduction effort.

Peterborough Jobs Summit Offers Taste of Deep Democracy

Event creates space for people in the room to design new possibilities based on what they can do and existing community assets

PETERBOROUGH - A Jan. 14 jobs and local economy summit hosted by Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha, offered a taste of what could be called deep democracy. People in the room co-discovered existing assets in the community, imagined new possibilities and considered their own level of commitment to bringing something new into being.

Peterborough Neighbourhoods Connecting for Community

Dialogues moving quickly to what neighbours can do to create the community they desire

Neighbours in Peterborough, Ont. have been moving from isolation to community connection in a matter of hours. In small intimate groups they have been exploring their anxieties and fears and moving quickly to what they can do to create the neighbourhood and community they desire.

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