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Paul Born

Paul Born
Paul Born grew up as the son of Mennonite refugees. This is what has made him deeply curious about and engaged in ideas that cause people to work together for the common good. Paul is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Tamarack Institute and the Founder and Director of Vibrant Communities. He is the author of four books, including two Canadian best sellers. Paul is a global faculty member of the Asset Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) and a senior fellow of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social innovators.

Recent Posts

Lending a Hand

Posted by Paul Born on January 15, 2020

Every week, for one year, you can relieve an inspirational message that often has very practical ideas for deepening community. 

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Let It Snow

Posted by Paul Born on December 14, 2019

This famous holiday song brings back so many memories and instantly puts one into a joyful seasonal mood. How much has changed since the song was released in 1945? In the last few years the weather has been bringing up fear as thoughts of climate change permeate our thoughts. Happy holidays! That well-regarded greeting seems harder to share as we recognize the need for less excess – a simpler future.

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Darwin Said Collaborate

Posted by Paul Born on May 10, 2019

For those of you who have read my book Deepening Community – Finding Joy together in Chaotic Times you might love to know you can sign up for a weekly inspiration at www.deepeningcommunity.org

Last week I got this fascinating gem which is a total rethinking of survival of the fittest thinking. Charles Darwin is known for his “survival of the fittest” theory. The common description is that the most able animals will continue to evolve, while weaker species will be eliminated over time. This interpretation has been used to justify what some call a “dog eat dog” world.

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Reflecting on Canada’s War on Poverty

Posted by Paul Born on April 14, 2019

Earlier this month, Canada’s progress on poverty reduction was highlighted by renowned New York Times columnist David Brooks in his column “Winning the War on Poverty.” Brooks’ article highlights that between 2015 and 2017 Canada lifted 825,000 individuals above its official poverty level. This is an incredible accomplishment. More so than just demonstrating that Canada is making progress on poverty, however, this article notes how the momentum to reduce poverty has developed from the local outward.

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Remembering Joe Schaeffer

Posted by Paul Born on March 26, 2019

Joe…that’s what we all call him, even though he is a wildly successful academic with a PhD, Joe is my friend, as he is to the many people he impacted in the field of community development and change. Joe is kind with a gentle spirit. He gave tirelessly to his students and treated us as real people. I know Joe had difficulties in relationships (we talked about this), but I and his students seldom saw that side of Joe. He was always one of us, and he made us feel special.

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Celebrating the Lights – Life!

Posted by Paul Born on December 12, 2018

How might we contest the darkness of night where fear and sorrow reside and bring the light of expectation and accomplishment?
Around the world this is a time of year when we celebrate light as victory over the forces which destroy life. Beautiful celebrations known as Hanukkah, Diwali and Christmas, to name but a few fill us with hope and joy. For Canadians these celebrations bring special meaning as we enter a season with some of the shortest days of the year.

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