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What if neighbourhoods across the world could share knowledge and learn from each other to build powerful commons where they are?


It is possible to bring citizens together to build power by sharing stories and the ways they are doing things in every neighbourhood.

If the stories we tell ourselves and each other can make us sick then they too can heal, nourish and enable us to flourish. Let’s collect, connect and share them. Let’s see together what’s possible. We can already see glimmers of this future in neighbourhoods everywhere.

The Neighbourhood Democracy Movement is nurturing an alternative vision by amplifying the stories of neighbourhoods, community connection and local democratic power.

What if we could demonstrate through our stories and our relationships that much of what we need for a just and fair future is already here?

We are pursuing stories from members of the Neighbourhood Democracy Movement about these possibilities, including:

Stories about:

  • work you are doing in the neighbourhood that is making a real difference from caring to health to safety. Food production and food sharing. Lifting people out of poverty. No matter how small, we are interested.
  • Work that you are doing that sees people living in poverty or with labels, as creators rather than people with needs.
  • Work where people are doing things that they never expected that they might be able to do.
  • Work where people who never expected to come together are coming together to make life better for each other.

We are inviting responses to questions like:

  • What is it that is giving you a spring in your step? What are you most hopeful about in community life?
  • How is this making you feel?
  • What are the possibilities you are seeing?
  • What is the courage you need to take you in that direction?
  • What is the best thing that could happen?
  • What would you like, want or need from the community to make your next steps as wonderfully successful as they possibly could be?
  • Who do you know who is working on something you admire and whose story deserves to be shared?