Resources

Inspiration

Judith Snow – Artist, author, social innovator, and champion for inclusion.

Peter Block –  Check out Peter’s powerful writings about empowerment, stewardship, chosen accountability, and the reconciliation of community.

ALIA Institute – A place of learning, training, and innovation, where change-makers strengthen their leadership, form new collaborations, and accelerate impact.

The Centre for Non-Violent Communication – A global organization that supports the teachings of Marshall Rosenberg and NVC – a process of communication based on principles of nonviolence and compassion.

Art of Hosting – Ways to have and harvest conversations that matter.

The World Cafe – A wonderful method of generating collaborative dialogue and action around questions that matter.

Julie Diamond – Process Work consultant and teacher of Deep Democracy methods. Amazingly gifted facilitator who helps groups navigate power in a life-giving way.

Chris Corrigan – Art of Hosting practitioner from whom I’ve learned tonnes. His website and blog is one of my go to resources for inspiration and learning about the subtleties of hosting.

Community Building

Asset Based Community Development Institute – Based out of the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, and founded by John McKnight and Jody Kretzmann, the ABCD Institute builds community capacity, conducts research, and produces resources for community development work.

The Abundant Community (John McKnight & Peter Block) – Thought-provoking website and book, full of stories about making a difference in your community.

Berkana Institute – Founded by Margaret Wheatley, Berkana is a worldwide community of practitioners engaged in strengthening their local communities.

Centre for Social Innovation (Toronto) – A hub in Toronto for bringing together social entrepreneurs and people committed to sustainable change.

Design With Dialogue – Toronto based community of open practice that gathers monthly to convene workshops to discover how to lead organizational & community change and drive meaningful action in our organizations, communities, projects, and ourselves.

Person Centred Planning Resources – Through my background in Disability Services, these resources and people have helped shaped my approach.

Inclusion Press – Led by Jack Pearpoint and Lynda Kahn, Inclusion Press is a great resource for books, videos and workshops on person centred approaches to building inclusive communities.

PLAN Canada – Based in Vancouver BC, PLAN supports families in developing networks of support for people with a disability, along with planning for the future.

PLAN Toronto – Toronto-based affiliate of PLAN Canada.

Facilitation Leadership Group – John Lord and Charlotte Dingwall provide workshops and training to facilitate the ‘New Story’, a vision of society where everyone is welcomed as active and contributing citizens.

Facile Perth – Based out of Perth County ON, check out Facile Perth’s website for an informative introduction to person directed planning and facilitation.

Capacity Works – Website of Beth Mount, who co-developed one approach to person centred approach to planning called Personal Futures Planning.

Inclusive Solutions – UK based consultancy whose website has many descriptions and examples of person centred approaches to building inclusive communities.

Community Works – BC based. David and Faye Wetherow provide innovative service development, management consultation and facilitation in the field of community living.

Deohaeko Support Network -Scarborough ON based group of families who came together to create an inclusive community where their adult sons and daughters with disabilities can live.

Helen Sanderson Associates – Rich resource for articles and research on person centred approaches within the human services system.

Graphic Facilitation

Grove Consultants – California based consultancy that is a leader in training for and developing visual thinking practices.

Imagine A Circle – The blog of Aaron Johannes, Vancouver based facilitator and trainer. Great graphics!

Playthink – Patricia Kambitsch. Toronto based facilitator extraordinaire.