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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.

Creating Vibrant Communities

How Individuals and Organizations from Diverse Sectors of Society Are Coming Together to Reduce Poverty in Canada
Paul Born


EQUAL PARTS INSPIRATION, perspiration, and information – a book that is sure to take the Vibrant Communities story to new heights as it begins its next exciting phase.

In Canada, “poverty reduction” is no longer a “wouldn’t it be nice” dream discussed after yet another failure to make a dent in an age-old problem. It’s a living, breathing, exhilarating reality.


Because all across the country people are approaching poverty in a positive, creative, and energetic way. They are doing so courtesy of a new social phenomenon called Vibrant Communities: a network of people who are getting people together – citizens (no matter what their income), community developers, business people, and representatives from all levels of government – to determine needs, community assets, and strategies. They’re putting plans into action with astonishing results.

This book tells their story. And perhaps yours, too.


$29.95 CAD / $29.95 USD / £19.95 GBP

456 pages

ISBN 9780980923162

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