Community development needs us to think, see, act and be together

The most wonderful part of looking for work is the people from all sectors and backgrounds I get to meet who share a passion to continue to build Nova Scotia and Canada to be the best place to live and lead.

We may not agree on all aspects, but we do believe in the same goal. I wish I had more time to write a book about my experience returning to Nova Scotia at such an exciting time, a time that has clearly benefited from so many who over the  years have made their impact in fields ranging from finance to the blue economy, on natural resources including cod and diamonds, or by setting up the manufacturing of biogas and e-bicycles.

In the spring, to say I was at 10,000 feet learning about the province and specific sectors may be an understatement. Over the last few months I truly feel I have descended to less than 5,000 feet. Over the time I have gained so much knowledge from traditional and non traditional sources: the news, brochures, legislation, lectures, special events, job postings and recruiters, the internet and most importantly, people.

Action research has permitted a glimpse into areas of opportunity and intervention for a professional development and communications individual like myself. A form of research relying on a network of technology experts, friends, former colleagues, community leaders, small business owners, academics, leaders in the blue economy, government officials, fish traders, non-profit leaders, men in poverty, farmers, women survivors of cancer, runners, artists, persons with mental illnesses, seniors and other retirees to name a few: connecting one by one and at times in small groups. Many of these were planned and held in boardrooms, others simply by engaging in coffee shops, hardware stores, doctor offices, at protests or just on the ferry and other public spaces. All together this research approach forms a community of practice to assist raising questions and solving problems.

One of my mentors comes to mind, Robert Chambers as he so reminds us in his books that a shift in understanding questions of development that affect livelihoods requires us to think, see, act and be in the world together to set out a path of positive change.

My journey to give back just a little to Nova Scotia requires connections..




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