In 2016 a bold vision and collaborative process began in an effort to bring the Circle Series: Circle of Support & Arts to the community of Red Deer, Alberta. It would support restorative … [Read more...] about Roundabout to Hope
As public safety remains a growing concern in cities around the world, how we treat our most vulnerable people must also be considered. How can we become more compassionate, support these people and … [Read more...] about Public Safety, Compassion and Community Integration
Good mayors build strong, creative communitiesHow often do you think about your mayor? If you’re like me, not often enough. Yet consider how a mayor can support you and your neighbourhood. Mayors have … [Read more...] about Good mayors build strong, creative communities
Small space, new reality – how small can you go?I spent years living full-time in a 26-foot trailer with my husband. In this home-is-where-you-park-it lifestyle, we flourished with less space and more … [Read more...] about Small space, new reality – how small can you go?
In part I of our blog feature from last week I presented the contrast between the corporate world and smaller communities such as Rocky Mountain House, where I recently spoke to about 50 local … [Read more...] about Crime Prevention and Capitalism: What’s the Rub? Part II
We live in a world that often believes that bigger is better - more profit and income - larger homes and communities. That list is BIG and it seems to be growing all the time.This past week I found … [Read more...] about Crime Prevention and Capitalism: What’s the rub? Part I
When my uncle wanted help finding the grave site of a relative who died in the 1920s, I slipped into sleuthing mode. This relative was three when he succumbed to the flu so his brief history was … [Read more...] about Creative communities six feet under . . . our feet
by Dianna BennettCommunity Engagement using Peacemaking Circles is not a novel concept, us European types are just slow learners. Circles have been used over the millennia by many first nations around … [Read more...] about Peacemaking Circles – Part II
by Dianna BennettWhat are Peacemaking Circles you ask? They are a restorative practice used in Restorative Justice, along with having a few other pretty amazing applications…so stay tuned. … [Read more...] about Peacemaking Circles
All you want to do is find out what friends and family are up to on Facebook, right? And why should paying a few bills from your sofa or ordering a drone online be fraught with risk?Because it is. … [Read more...] about Is social media a BFF or ‘frenemy’?