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Paul Born

Paul Born is a master storyteller who infuses his work, relationships, community, and life with the magic of conversation. He is internationally recognized for his innovative approaches to community building. Paul is president and cofounder of Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement. He is also the founding chair of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network, Vibrant Communities Canada, and Opportunities 2000.

Community Conversations

Mobilizing the Ideas, Skills, and Passion of Community Organizations, Governments, Businesses, and People, Second Edition
Paul Born


COMMUNITIES AROUND THE WORLD are entering a new era of community building. Whether improving economic conditions and reducing poverty, re-energizing citizens and social programs, reducing crime, or revitalizing a troubled neighborhood, they are engaging people from all sectors as never before to work together as equals to improve their quality of life.

At the heart of this engagement are community conversations, in which common goals are embraced by a diverse array of people with different backgrounds and needs, and influencers are drawn from multiple sectors, including community organizations, the various levels of government, and businesses big and small.

Full of informative and inspiring examples of collaboration, Community Conversations captures the essence of creating such conversations and offers ten practical techniques to host conversations in your community.


“Paul Born has done a masterful job of demonstrating the power of community conversations. The combination of first-hand stories, concepts that make sense, and practical advice will make this a favourite book for community leaders, facilitators, and activists.”
– Brenda Zimmerman, PhD, Director, Health Industry Management Program, Associate Professor of Strategy/Policy, Schulich School of Business


$15.00 USD / $15.00 CAD / £9.95 GBP

244 pages

ISBN 9781927483152

Available now from: (U.S.) (Canada) (UK)