Equal parts inspiration, perspiration, and information — a book that is sure to take the Vibrant Communities story to new heights as it begins its next exciting phase.
In Canada, “poverty reduction” is no longer a “wouldn’t it be nice” dream discussed after yet another failure to make a dent in an age-old problem. It’s a living, breathing, exhilarating reality.
Click above to see Susan Cook-Scheerer of Rogers Daytime TV interview Paul Born about Community Conversations and Creating Vibrant Communities. (Feb 25, 2009)
Because all across the country people are approaching poverty in a positive, creative, and energetic way. They are doing so courtesy of a new social phenomenon called Vibrant Communities: a network of people who are getting people together — citizens (no matter what their income), community developers, business people, and representatives from all levels of government — to determine needs, community assets, and strategies. They’re putting plans into action with astonishing results.
This book tells their story. And perhaps yours, too.
Paul Born is the author of the recently published Community Conversations: Mobilizing the Ideas, Skills, and Passion of Community Organizations, Governments, Businesses, and People. He is internationally recognized for his innovative approaches to community building.
Paul is the President and Co-founder of Tamarack - An Institute for Community Engagement and the founding chair of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network, Vibrant Communities Canada, and Opportunities 2000.
A motivational, inspiring and informative speaker, Paul has extensive experience in helping organizations and communities to develop new and sustainable ideas that motivate people to collaborative action and change.
Paul also founded and was the Executive Director of the Community Opportunities Development Association (CODA) - now called Lutherwood - one of Canada’s most successful community economic development organizations. As the Founder of Opportunities 2000, Paul led a Millennium campaign to reduce poverty in Waterloo Region to the lowest in Canada, which was recognized as one of the United Nations' "Best Practices" worldwide, in 1998.
Paul holds a Masters degree in Leadership, and is often invited to contribute to learning events as a keynote speaker, trainer, and facilitator on issues including community collaboration and engagement, innovation, and social change.
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