BUILDING COMMUNITIES THAT SUSTAIN US
Community shapes our identity, quenches our thirst for belonging, and bolsters our physical, mental, emotional, and economic health. But in the chaos of modern life, community ties have become unraveled, leaving many feeling afraid or alone in the crowd, grasping at shallow substitutes for true community.
In this thoughtful and moving book, Paul Born describes the four pillars of deep community: sharing our stories, taking the time to enjoy one another, taking care of one another, and working together for a better world.
It’s up to us to create community. Born shows that the opportunity is right in front of us if we have the courage and conviction to pursue it.
ABOUT THE DEEPENING COMMUNITY VIDEO
As we have been exploring the potential of community, we wanted to engage the creativity and thoughts of youth and so asked them to read this book and create a song/rap reflecting its key themes. View the short version above, and if you want to explore more deeply view the long version here. Enjoy!
VIEW THE NEWEST NEIGHBOURS DEEPENING COMMUNITY VIDEO
This beautiful 4 minute rap video entitled Neighbours Deepening Community was commissioned specifically for the Re-imaging Cities ~ Re-Engaging Citizens the 2015 Neighbours: Policies & Programs Gathering in Hamilton Ontario. It debuted in June 2015 for more than 200 community-builders from around the world who met in Hamilton to discover essential strategies for mobilizing neighbourhood action; policies that support neighbourhood strategies; community hubs; stories of place; how to create an ecology of care; and, how to use Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) to build strong neighbourhoods.
This video was awarded First Place in the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations PLURAL+ International Jury in the 13-17 age category
The video was also awarded First Place at Bethel College USA - Cornelius Kahn Multimedia Award for High School Students.
—Adam Kahane, Partner, Reos Partners, and author of Solving Tough Problems, Power and Love, and Transformative Scenario Planning
—Dr. Frances Westley, cofounder of SIG (Social Innovation Generation), University of Waterloo, and coauthor of Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changed
Deepening Community is available for purchase in most bookstores as well as online:
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Discounted rates are available for bulk purchases by corporations, associations, and others.
Paul is available to connect with school, faith and community groups who are looking to use Deepening Community as part of the curriculum. Paul is also available for a phone interview for groups of 20 or more who purchase Deepening Community.
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