The Latest

Contribute. We love to hear your thoughts, your musings and your latest work. Please share with us!
Write a post

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

A Happy Birthday Note to John McKnight

Posted by Paul Born on November 22, 2021

John, we have a thousand memories of you. Tamarack is because of you. You influenced how we are working to end poverty by embedding ABCD into one of the 5 core practices in our approach. 

Read More

Creating A Circular Economy for a Greener Recovery

Posted by Paul Born on March 12, 2021

Montréal is thinking differently to address the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on the economy and people. Seeking a greener recovery, they are investing in a Circular Economy fund, giving support to social economy businesses, and reinventing economic development in their city.

Read More

Waiting for Hope

Posted by Paul Born on February 15, 2021

As an unapologetic optimist, hope is normally not hard to find. The COVID-19 second wave has descended on us this fall like a deep west coast fog. All summer we knew it was coming. Many of us relaxed bathing in the familiar relationships and interactions we so missed. How could this be happening again?

Read More

Communities Ending Poverty

Posted by Paul Born on February 3, 2021

 

What is the end of poverty? What will it take to end poverty in Canada? If we reduce poverty to 5%, will be able to say that we have effectively ended economic poverty? Could we then target health and well-being to end poverty for all Canadians? At 5% poverty could we afford a Guaranteed Annual Income? What are your questions and ideas about the end of poverty?

Read More

When Community Becomes ‘Unessential’

Posted by Paul Born on April 28, 2020

Community gardens were just declared essential in our city. Gardens were opened as a food security measure, noting that many low-income people rely on gardens to save money on food. The next big challenge, and this will be announced in the next few weeks, is how to manage a community garden without community.

Read More

Taking Risks

Posted by Paul Born on February 3, 2020

As you work at deepening community in your life and for those you care about, consider...Taking Risks

“Determination, energy and courage appear spontaneously when we care deeply about something. We take risks that are unimaginable in any other context.” - Meg Wheatley

Read More