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Michelle Holliday

Living Systems, Jung’s Archetypes, and the Fullness of What’s Needed to Cultivate Regenerative Community
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For several decades now, there has been widespread awareness that humanity is perched at the edge of a cliff, one step away from a plummet into global catastrophe. The responses have been many. But here we are, still teetering ever more precariously at the edge. 

Michelle Holliday

Living Systems, Jung’s Archetypes, and the Fullness of What’s Needed to Cultivate Regenerative Community
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I recently participated in a nourishing 3½-day gathering of people dedicated to regenerative, life-aligned ways of living. Presentations and conversations swirled through topics like intentional communities, new land ownership models, evolution in consciousness, arts-based neighborhood activism, and more. At a few points, however, a quiet, courageous voice was raised to note that patterns of patriarchy and domination are still occasionally present, even within this well-intentioned, peace-loving movement. 

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Share your thoughts and enjoy a free coffee. A sidewalk set-up invited neighbours in one part of Peterborough to share their experiences and ideas. Among other ways, residents could engage by "pinning" where they live, where they feel safe and what they like most on a scale model of the neighbourhood.

Peterborough effort aims to support residents to develop the language, tools and confidence to participate in neighbourhood planning processes

An initiative in Peterborough, Ontario is dedicated to finding ways to tap the lived experiences and local knowledge of residents. The idea is to add what they come up with to the expert knowledge of planners, engineers and other professionals through a process known as participatory planning.

The initiative, called NeighbourPLAN, is spearheaded by a local organization, GreenUP, which focuses on issues of environmental education, sustainability and stewardship. NeighbourPLAN aims to support residents to develop the language, tools and confidence to participate in neighbourhood planning processes.