About Paul

Paul Born

Co-CEO Tamarack & Director, Vibrant Communities

 
Contact Details:
p. 519-589-7905

Remote Office: Waterloo, Ontario

About Paul
Paul Born is the Co-CEO of Tamarack Institute where he is creating Vibrant Communities and leads the national networks, Cities Reducing Poverty and Cities Deepening Community. The author of four books, including two Canadian best sellers, Born is a faculty member of John McKnight’s Asset Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) and a senior fellow of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social innovators.

Paul 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 and specializes in helping organizations and communities to develop innovative ideas that motivate people to collaborative action.

Paul is a motivational speaker, and large-scale community change facilitator. He resides in Waterloo, Ontario.

Area of Expertise
  • Cities Reducing Poverty
  • Deepening Community
  • Community Conversations
  • Community Engagement
  • Collaborative Leadership
  • Movement Building
  • Fundraising for Collective Impact

Recent Work 
  • How to Develop a Common Agenda for a Collective Impact: A 5 Step Guide. 2017. Community Change Institute Series.
  • Our Community Can Change. 2016. Community Change Institute Series. 
  • Possible. 2015. Engage!
  • Deepening Community. Finding Joy Together in Chaotic times. 2014. Berrett Koehler Publisher, San Francisco. (A best seller with over 8,000 copies sold in the first year)
  • Community Conversations. Mobilizing the Ideas, Skills and Passion of Community Organizations, Governments, Businesses, and People. 2012, BPS Books Toronto. (A Canadian best seller with more than 20,000 copies sold)
  • Creating Vibrant Communities. How Individuals and Organizations from Diverse Sectors of Society Are Coming Together to Reduce Poverty in Canada. 2008, BPS Books, Toronto. 
  • Leaderful Communities. A Study in Community Leadership. 2008, VDMVerlag

Seminars and Workshops
  • Deepening Community for Collective Impact
  • Deepening Community for Organizations
  • Community Engagement and Systems Change
  • Community Engagement Principles to Build and Sustain a Common Agenda
  • Community Conversations – Large scale Engagement
  • Top 100 Partners Tool
  • The First 12 Months – Effectively Launching a Collective Impact Initiative
  • Fundraising for Social Change

Connect with Paul 

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The Latest From Paul

Community Engagement workshopAdaptive Leadership Masterclass | VAN, CGY, EDM, TOR, OTT

Does your work involve complex cross sector or community collaborations? Are you looking to learn practical and effective skills that will help you and your teams collaborate better – deal with conflict, challenge old ways of working, respond to diverse views, create shared meaning, and plan for the future – all while working together to make a collective impact?

This intensive Masterclass will equip you with the tools, processes and most importantly the leadership practice to make a real and meaningful change, through your own collaborative initiative.

Learn more about this workshop