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About Community Conversations - 2nd Edition

Community Conversations by Paul BornMargaret Mead was right! "Never Doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world - indeed it is the only thing that ever has."

Community Conversations was originally written by Paul Born in 2008. At the time, communities around the world were entering a new era of community building. Whether improving economic conditions and reducing poverty, re-energizing citizens and social programs, reducing crime, or revitalizing a troubled neighbourhood, people from all sectors were working together in new ways to improve their quality of life.

Now, four years later, Community Conversations is a Canadian best-seller with more than 15,000 copies sold. To celebrate this - and the work of the thousands of community innovators who are making positive change a reality - Tamarack is pleased to release the second edition of Community Conversations: Mobilizing the Ideas, Skills and Passion of Community Organizations, Governments, Business and People which includes fresh, updated content geared to a more global audience.

Preview Community Conversations - 2nd Edition

Community Conversations, 2nd Edition is packed with creative techniques and informative examples of collaboration from communities across Canada and beyond. The book's first section contains four chapters that each maps a key point in the community mobilization journey: converse, engage, collaborate and casting a vision. Each chapter also includes stories and advice to illustrate the work of that phase of community mobilization.

The book's second section profiles ten different methods for hosting community conversations that can be used to chart your own community mobilization strategy and includes examples illustrating the use of each method. 

Finally, the book concludes with a few inspiring stories of how a community conversation can create a new dialogue, a sense of hope and build true connections between people whose energies might otherwise go unharnessed.

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About the Author: Paul Born

Paul Born, author of Community ConversationsPaul Born grew up in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia as the son of Mennonite refugees. This in part is what made him deeply curious about and engaged in ideas that cause people to work together for the common good, work that he describes as collective altruism. He holds a Masters degree in Leadership is considered a global leader in helping organizations and communities to develop innovative ideas that motivate people to collaborative action.

Paul is the President and cofounder of the Tamarack Institute which since 2001 has provided leadership in Canada on issues of citizen engagement, collaborative leadership and community innovation. More than 12,000 subscribers engage in Tamarack’s learning communities. Tamarack also sponsors Vibrant Communities Canada, active in cities across the country and that has so far reduced the impact of poverty for more than 200,000 people.

Prior to Tamarack, Paul was the Executive Director and co-founder of the Community Opportunities Development Association one of Canada’s leading community economic development organizations that was recognized by the United Nations as one of the top 40 projects in the world. Paul was elected into the world’s largest network of social innovators, as a Senior Ashoka Fellow in 2013.

An Author of four books, Paul is a motivational speaker who loves the power of stories.

Learn more about Tamarack at www.tamarackcommunity.ca or about Paul at www.paulborn.ca.

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"I work from the firm belief that ‘Whatever the problem, community is the answer." Community Conversations teaches us how to make that statement true. The stories, examples and processes gathered together in one lovely book hopefully will inspire you to become active in creating the conversations that will weave our communities into health and new capacity."
~ Margaret J. Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science and Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future

"Born’s book is a summary of many experiences and experiments in community conversations. His distillation of what has worked for him, tricks and formats to use, and principles to follow will be valuable for anyone who works in this fascinating, challenging, diverse and emergent space.”
~ Trevor Gray, Executive Director, The Tindall Foundation, New Zealand

"Paul Born has done a masterful job of demonstrating the power of community conversations. The combination of first hand stories, concepts that make sense and practical advice will make this a favourite book for community leaders, facilitators and activists."
~ Brenda Zimmerman, PhD, Director, Health Industry Management Program - Associate Professor of Strategy/Policy Schulich School of Business Co-author of Getting to Maybe, How the World is Changed

"Through simplification of complex concepts and illustrative and relevant examples, Born has succeeded in whetting the reader’s appetite to do more for his/her community. Many of the tips outlined in the book are easily reproduced and can help to guarantee the successful development of multi-stakeholder working groups. The well-defined chapters allow the reader to come back to the specific areas of discussion to highlight solutions to challenges they may experience along the way.”
~ Susan Scotti, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)

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