Paul is transforming the way all Canadians address poverty by inverting the traditional hierarchy and reliance’s that assume governmental responsibility. Instead, he encourages cities to redefine themselves as communities of change and leaders in reducing poverty across Canada. Paul trains these newly self-defined communities and their stakeholders to identify and build highly localized cross-sector networks of support all missioned with the communal goal of developing solutions to complex social problems within their region. From these grass-roots, localized solutions, Paul works outwards building a layered community of communities connected through a learning network committed to sharing and disseminating best practices.
Paul also creates and leverages partnerships with national research and policy institutions to collect and analyze top innovations generated from the communities he works with in order to create the tangible resources necessary to support policy reform. Paul then utilizes these resources to reconstruct the role of the provincial and federal governments from one that struggles to create comprehensive poverty reduction strategies, to one that is able to provide complementary support to community-led initiatives.
A pioneer in enabling collaborative community engagement in Canada, Paul’s growing national network of Vibrant Communities is inspiring cities across North America to adopt a common set of core principles that are proving to effectively address poverty in a variety of different geographical regions.
As President and Co Founder of the Tamarack Institute for the past 15 years I lead a small national team of amazing practitioners and thought leaders. I alsoteach throughout North America and at times in countries around the world. Iam the author of four books, two Canadian best sellers including Deepening Community: Finding Joy Together in Chaotic Times and Community Conversations.
Tamarack focuses on three areas of impact. The first two are practice areas in which we apply what we learn in our learning center. I founded Vibrant Communities a network of over 50 cities in Canada committed to reducing poverty. These cities use a collective impact framework and develop comprehensive poverty reduction strategies and form multi-sector leadership roundtables to implement 5 year campaigns to reduce the number of poor families in their city. To date we have reduced poverty for more than 250,000 families.