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Shining the Light of Natural Caring

Natural Caring is love in action. It exists all around us in the thousands of little things we do without having to think about them. It is a unifying force that transcends differences; and yet, it often goes unacknowledged and unrecognized...

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Natural Caring: A New Way to Think About What we Do Best Everyday

I listened in to a podcast called "Caring Counts: A Celebration of Natural Caring" featuring Canadian social innovators, Paul Born, Al Etmanski and Vickie Cammack. 

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A New Way to Share Care - It's as Easy as ABCD!

The organizing principles of Asset-Based Community Development have the potential to change the way we give care in communities. It's an approach that utilizes US - OUR talents and skills as force multipliers. 

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If It Ain't Broke Don't Fix It 

I spent many a waking hour after my daughter Liz was born searching for a cure for Down syndrome. Someone had slipped a magazine article into my hands describing a medical scientist’s mega-vitamin remedy for Down syndrome.

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Art, Science and Community Connections

Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) began over 25 years ago with what was then a radical view – the limitations of services to provide a good life. We understood that loneliness was the most difficult poverty experienced by people with disabilities.

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The Journey to Transformation Starts with a Resurrection of the Ordinary

There is a great deal of caring, conserving, creating, innovating, entrepreneuring, protecting, advocating for all life on earth (human, plant and animal) that is done by so-called ordinary people. 

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The ‘C’ In Canada Stands for Caring

Our country’s natural beauty and abundant resources give us many reasons for gratitude and celebration.  But there is an invisible resource that underpins our collective prosperity that deserves the central candle on the birthday cake...

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Do you see what I see?

Our country’s natural beauty and abundant resources give us many reasons for gratitude and celebration.  But there is an invisible resource that underpins our collective prosperity that deserves the central candle on the birthday cake...

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Caring is Life

A moving keynote address that holds the importance of care at the centre. Vickie Cammack and Al Etmanski discuss communal gardening and other acts of goodness in their hometown of Surrey, BC to further explore what it means to create an ecology of caring. 

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Accelerating a Network Model of Care: Taking a Social Innovation to Scale

Government-funded systems of health and social care are facing enormous fiscal and human-resource challenges. The space for innovation in care is wide open and new disruptive patterns are emerging

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The Alchemy of Vulnerability and Care

In this beautifully written story, Vickie Cammack explores the power of transmuting vulnerabilities into the potent force of caring.

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We Must Prioritize Caring In Health Care

Instead of a health care system ruled by efficiencies, we need one that treats patients as people, not health care consumers.

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A Story About Care

This is one man's reflections on the power of the caring relationship that can exist when people working in health care see the "person and not a pathology."

Caring Counts: A Celebration of Natural Caring 

Caring shapes the world and it shapes us in return. Yet it is taken for granted and is largely invisible. Join Vickie Cammack and Al Etmanski as they launch their celebration of natural caring in a discussion with Paul Born.