Posts byBen Wolfe

The Simple Pleasure of Noticing

Spring, a camera and the soul of place

This spring I’ve been out photographing buds, between gatherings and commitments, just for the sake of noticing them. One of the guiding threads in a full and busy life has been the sense of rightness that comes from the shapes and forms of nature.
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In Four Hours, a Citizen-Led Pollinators Project Blooms

At a community gathering on Saturday a shared vision takes root

On Saturday morning, a “pollinator pathways” project that has caught the imagination of a group of local citizens took its next step towards blossoming into life in Peterborough. 18 curious and committed people of all ages and levels of experience gathered to co-create the next stage of the initiative.
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Bringing Participatory Process to Peterborough

Peterborough-Kawartha MP Maryam Monsef's Town Halls are flirting with new ways of inviting citizens into ownership of their future

Peterborough-Kawartha MP Maryam Monsef’s recent community gatherings, including a January 11 Town Hall on Jobs and the Economy, are modelling new forms of participatory process and citizen leadership. The gatherings are deeply influenced and co-hosted by members of Peterborough Dialogues.
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Parade of Volunteers Moves B!KE to Its New Location

How does a community project move a building full of bikes? It invites the community.

What did B!KE, Peterborough’s well-loved people-powered Community Bike Shop do when it needed to move all its bikes to its new 293 George St. location this weekend? It invited the community to help. And 70 volunteers of all ages crowdsourced the move and formed a parade through town.
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Celebrating Local Food Month

Our growing local food circle co-creates an evening of community and abundance

Members of the Peterborough Dialogues local food circle co-created a dinner of local ingredients on September 28, in a spirit of reconnection with place, community, local food producers, our own yards and gardens, and the harvest season.
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Standing In Jackson Creek, in Rubber Boots

Esther Vincent's “Going Down to Jackson” project, for Artsweek, celebrates community, arts and the soul of place

Esther Vincent’s “Going Down to Jackson” project has turned out to be an example of the arts expressing longings and intentions that are too multi-layered to put into words — in this case, at the convergence of community, creativity and connection to place
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1 Year, 1 Family, 1 World

Bringing the world's best sustainability practices to the streets of Peterborough

Cam Douglas, Yvonne Leicht and their children Kaia and Jake have begun bringing their family’s round the world adventure into sustainability practices home — starting with bicycle-shaped cookies at Peterborough Pulse.
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Seeding a Better Future Through Media-Making

Six themes are emerging for PeterboroughDialogues.media

The media-making plans of the Peterborough Dialogues are swirling into clear focus at Tuesday gatherings in the Axiom News Tree Fort, with six core themes identified for our ongoing work. The emergent themes all relate to localization, and participatory efforts to cultivate and create resilient, thriving community in Peterborough City and County.
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Founding Participants Bring Dialogues Into Bloom

Our first 35 Peterborough Dialogues pioneers have laid a deep foundation for the work to come; a second series will start on June 11th

The first core Dialogue Series of the Peterborough Dialogues came to a close on Thursday and Saturday in a spirit of connection and celebration. A group of 35 of us took a 10-week journey together into a new model of change and community-building, and there is a sense in the group of having been on a shared secret adventure.
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Maria Popova — Cartographer of Meaning in a Digital Age | On Being

She has called Brain Pickings, her invention and labor of love, a “human-powered discovery engine for interestingness.” What Maria Popova really delivers, to hundreds of thousands of people each day, is wisdom of the old-fashioned sort, presented in new-fashioned digital ways. She cross-pollinates — between philosophy and design, physics and poetry, the intellectual and the
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Word of the Month: Chaordic

My favourite word this month — even the last few months — is “choardic.” It’s a word for a magical midpoint between chaos and order. It’s the point of greatest aliveness and possibility in a system, an organization, a community or a project.
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The Conversation Begins

The Peterborough Dialogues site is now in transition from calling a new kind of community conversation to hosting, narrating and supporting the conversation that has emerged. An amazing and beautiful group of nearly 40 people will start to gather on March 26 and 28 in response to our two calling questions: How Can We Create a Local Living Oasis in
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The Peterborough Dialogues: Awakening Community and Possibility

Here’s two minutes from our latest Peterborough Dialogues lunch experience, on March 12. These groups are mostly strangers to each other when we begin, and spend just 90 minutes together. Imagine what we will do together in the full Dialogue Series… Some participants signed up on the spot. The full Dialogue Series — a deeply participatory adventure in community-building, learning, media-making and change — starts this month.
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Connection, Community, Change

At our fourth pre-launch lunch yesterday, a group of strangers, drawn by an open invitation to experience the process, felt the power of community and connection and discovered they are anything but alone in longing for new ways to engage and make our community better.
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Kindred Spirits in Hope, Learning and Change

Axiom News gathered 25 creative local change-makers for three lunch conversations in late January, to explore a new media-making, learning and community-building project: The Peterborough Dialogues. The third day’s group found kindred spirits and deep connection among people whose main interests are as varied as environmental education, local business, anti-poverty work, storytelling and local food.
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The Peterborough Dialogues: Collaborative Media-making, Learning and Change

Axiom News gathered 25 creative local change-makers for three lunch conversations in late January, to explore a new media-making, learning and community-building project: The Peterborough Dialogues. The third day’s group found kindred spirits and deep connection among people whose main interests are as varied as environmental education, local business, anti-poverty work, storytelling and local food.
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A Local Process of Media-Making, Learning and Change

The next generation of our work has begun — and it includes bringing it home

The “new thing” Axiom News has been working on over the last few months is taking form, landing, being born. Our first next-generation project is The Peterborough Dialogues. The dream is that it will bring together everything Axiom has learned about the narrative arts and the process arts.
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