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PAPER | Deepening Community: Realizing the Potential of Citizen Leadership

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While humans are hardwired to live in community, evidence shows that our actual experiences of being in community have been steadily declining since the 1960s. In this article, Sylvia Cheuy calls for a deliberate and intentional effort to re-learn the skills to effectively build community and gives a number of examples of communitites doing just this to address the complex issues and opportunities of our times.
Sylvia Cheuy

By Sylvia Cheuy

Sylvia is a Consulting Director of the Tamarack Institute’s Collective Impact Idea Area and also supports Tamarack’s Community Engagement Idea Area. She is passionate about community change and what becomes possible when residents and various sector leaders share an aspirational vision for their future. Sylvia believes that when the assets of residents and community are recognized and connected they become powerful drivers of community change. Sylvia is an internationally recognized community-builder and trainer. Over the past five years, much of Sylvia’s work has focused on building awareness and capacity in the areas of Collective Impact and Community Engagement throughout North America.

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