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Paul Born

Paul Born is the cofounder and President of the Tamarack Institute, and founder of Vibrant Communities Canada – a network of more than 70 Cities Reducing Poverty. He is a leader on issues of place, citizen engagement, collective impact and community innovation. The author of four books, including two Canadian best sellers, Paul is internationally recognized for his community-building activities that have won awards from the United Nations and as a Senior Fellow of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social innovators.

Paul Born grew up in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia as the son of Mennonite refugees. This in part is what made him deeply curious about and engaged in ideas that cause people to work together for the common good, work that he describes as collective altruism. Learn more at

Paul is a motivational speaker, and a skilled facilitator of large group conversations who supports communities throughout Canada and the United States on issues and the process of large scale change. Paul resides in Waterloo, Ontario. ​   

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