About Paul

Paul Born

Co-CEO Tamarack & Director, Vibrant Communities

 
Contact Details:
p. 519-589-7905

Remote Office: Waterloo, Ontario

About Paul
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.


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

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The Latest From Paul

Community Engagement workshopCommunity Change Festival | Oct 1-4 | Toronto, ON

Over 4 days, explore the 5 interconnected practices every changemaker needs to move from ideas, to practice, to impact. Through workshops, open space dialogue, tools, immersive tours, and peer input processes, go deep into one approach or advance your skills in each.

Come celebrate community change efforts from across the country and accelerate your impact.

Learn more and Register