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Paul Born

Belief in the power of community is at the heart of Paul’s life and work. Paul works with leaders and communities embarking on large scale community change initiatives. He is a coach, consultant, and community conversations facilitator in support of Breakthrough Community Change.  

Founder of BE Community and Co-Founder of Tamarack Institute and Vibrant Communities, Paul is a social innovator, teacher and practitioner. He is the author of five books and a popular speaker at events and workshops. 

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Engage for a Breakthrough

  • If you want better outcomes - Involve everyone who cares to build a common agenda for change.

  • Hosting Community Conversations can create the conditions to "unthink what is" and release old patterns, providing the clarity needed to identify what is holding your community back from realizing the breakthroughs they desire. 

  • Multi-sector Governance provides an opportunity to ensure that diversity and equity is at the center of everything you do.
  • Lived experience leadership can help you listen to and empower those who will benefit the most if you are successful. 

  • Harnessing assets first, rather than focusing only on problems enables you to embrace what is possible. 

The key is to Engage your community. 

"Award-winning social entrepreneur, Paul Born is one of the most creative anti-poverty leaders of his generation. Unwilling to surrender to a problem many consider intractable, he brings singular commitment and expertise to the fight. In Breakthrough Community Change, he shares those insights with organizations, equipping them to collaborate, change failing systems and achieve impact at scale."
Melody C. Barnes, Chair, Aspen Forum for Community Solutions, Executive Director, Karsh Institute of Democracy at the University of Virginia, and former director of the White House Domestic Policy Council during the Administration of President Barack Obama.

"Paul Born the head of the institute emphasizes that the crucial thing these community wide collective impact structures do is change attitudes. In the beginning, it’s as if everybody is swimming in polluted water. People are sluggish, fearful, isolated, looking out only for themselves. But when people start working together across sectors around a common agenda, it’s like cleaning the water”.
David Brooks. From his article "Winning the War on Poverty." New York Times 


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Discover a powerful methodology for bringing communities together to uncover hidden assets and transform deep-rooted challenges. 


Community shapes our identity, quenches our thirst for belonging, and bolsters our physical, mental, emotional, and economic health.

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Community Conversations captures the essence of collaborative change and offers ten practical techniques for hosting big conversations in your community.

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