Today - March 29th, 2017

    Withering into the TruthWithering into the Truth

    By Parker J. Palmer

    As a present to himself in anticipation of his seventy-eighth birthday, Parker reflects on six lessons he has learned so far in his time on earth. “If one or two of them turn out to be gifts for you,” he says, “my birthday will be even happier.”


    Five Keys to Broad and Inclusive Community EngagementFive Keys to Broad and Inclusive Community Engagement

    By Jim Diers

    Some simple rules of engagement to build strong communities.


    A Neighborhood Impact Statement: Changing the Burden of ProofA Neighborhood Impact Statement: Changing the Burden of Proof

    By John McKnight

    A process that a coalition of neighborhood associations might use to demonstrate in advance positive impacts of proposed institutional interventions measured against local community standards.

    Learn What's Working …
    A Happy Place to ShopA Happy Place to Shop

    by Leslie Stephen

    Sixteen years ago the only grocery store in Chester, PA closed. Today, there’s “good food right around the corner" at Fare & Square, the nation’s first nonprofit grocery store, which is making healthy food available to all and stretching customers’ dollars so they get more for their money.…

    Strangers Become Family at This Multigenerational Housing ProjectStrangers Become Family at This Multigenerational Housing Project

    by Kim Eckert

    A unique affordable-housing community supports both foster families and elders who might be looking for a few extra grandchildren. It's the proverbial village caring for everyone.…

    Nutrition and Nurture Designed for Body and SpiritNutrition and Nurture Designed for Body and Spirit

    by Prucia Buscell

    The Reverend Angel Garcia Rodriguez is a Spanish priest who is also an innovator and entrepreneur whose nonprofit enterprises are designed to nourish the body and spirit of those in need.…

    What is Possible in Re-humanizing the West?What is Possible in Re-humanizing the West?

    by Michelle Strutzenberger

    Restore Commons is a collection of compelling ideas and activism whose intent is to open our thinking about: alternative economy, alternative journalism, architecture and space that connect us, and active and missional faith communities ~ all essentials in reclaiming the common good.…

    How a Health Clinic Made a Local Grocery Store Part of Its PrescriptionHow a Health Clinic Made a Local Grocery Store Part of Its Prescription

    by Bob van Meter

    A partnership between a Boston health clinic and a local grocery shows what economic development can do when it makes community health a priority.…

    The Little Free PantryThe Little Free Pantry

    by Cat Johnson

    After a short article on the Little Free Pantry of Fayetteville, Arkansas, spread through social networks, other neighborhoods were inspired to duplicate this low-cost, direct-action approach to share surplus food and household goods.…

    Top 21 Reasons to Live in BranchTop 21 Reasons to Live in Branch

    From magnificent scenery, low taxes and crime rate, and excellent schools to fresh fish, eligible bachelors, and The Singing Kitchen, Priscilla Corcoran Mooney and her neighbors in tiny Branch, Newfoundland, charted their assets and spread the word about the power even a small community can discover.…

    Men, Better Neighbours Than Friends?Men, Better Neighbours Than Friends?

    by Sarah Arthurs

    When Howard Lawrence feels isolated, he heads outside to see who is working on fixing or building something and pitches in.…

    Apple Street MarketApple Street Market

    Video from the Cincinnati Union Co-operative Initiative shows how the city's Northside neighborhood is using community ownership to solve the problem of urban supermarket shortage.…

    The Cooperative Way to a Stronger EconomyThe Cooperative Way to a Stronger Economy

    by Sarah van Gelder

    Co-ops — just like people — can get more done together than anyone can do alone. They come in many forms, and are more common than you might imagine.…

    Stone Soup MomentsStone Soup Moments

    by Sarah Arthurs

    A simple corn chowder turns into Stone Soup, a tangible manifestation of community gifts and abundance.…

    An Introvert Cooks Dinner for 80 — and Learns Something About CommunityAn Introvert Cooks Dinner for 80 — and Learns Something About Community

    by Shannon Hayes

    Despite all her inclination to stay on the outside, to resist joining, to pull away from group work, Shannon Hayes found a place among her neighbors and learned the can-do nature of community.…

    The Great Veggie Grow Off Cultivates Strong Communities and Lots of Fresh FoodThe Great Veggie Grow Off Cultivates Strong Communities and Lots of Fresh Food

    by Leslie Stephen

    The Lanark County Food Bank in Ontario, Canada, believes in a little friendly competition, especially one like the Great Veggie Grow Off that benefits people who rely on the Food Bank to put nourishing food on their tables every day.…

    Update on the Abundant Community Initiative in EdmontonUpdate on the Abundant Community Initiative in Edmonton

    by Howard Lawrence

    Interview featuring Edmonton's ACI co-founder Howard Lawrence on the thinking and results of the two-year-old initiative to connect neighbors, face to face, one neighbor at a time.…

    Beyond the CSA: Four Ways Communities Support Everything from Books to BeerBeyond the CSA: Four Ways Communities Support Everything from Books to Beer

    by Dana Drugmand

    You know the model: Consumers purchase a share of the season’s harvest upfront and get a box of fresh produce each week from the farm. Now you can get your medicine that way too.…

    Big Dreams, Big ProgressBig Dreams, Big Progress

    by Leslie Stephen

    In Nebraska, a group of volunteers got together to do something about supporting community development in the state’s small towns. Their goal was to raise $25 million in ten years. That was in 1993. Today, the Nebraska Community Foundation and its affiliated funds have reinvested $222.7 million in Nebraska’s people and places.…

    7 Practical Ideas for Compassionate Communities, From Free College to Debt Relief7 Practical Ideas for Compassionate Communities, From Free College to Debt Relief

    by Shannan Stoll

    It's not hard to bring a little more equality into each others' lives.…

    Every Block a VillageEvery Block a Village

    by Julie Jung

    When St. Anne's Hospital closed in 1988, Jacqueline Reed knew that her community of Austin, a predominantly African-American neighborhood on Chicago's West Side, would be without easy access to affordable health care. And she decided she needed to do something about that.…

    The Invitation Conversation and the Power of The Invitation Conversation and the Power of "A Small Group" of Committed People

    by Dan Joyner

    What happened when a small group of committed people declared a possibility for Citizen Engagement in Cincinnati.…

    Three Steps to Building a Better BlockThree Steps to Building a Better Block

    by Jason Roberts

    How can we drive change in our communities and move past stagnant committees and outdated regulation? Jason Roberts of Build a Better Block encourages us to stop waiting around. Even if that means painting in our own crosswalks and blackmailing ourselves into action…

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    Cormac Russell on Change That Starts with Communities

    Rob Hopkinsby Rob Hopkins, Cormac Russell

    Environmental activist and writer Rob Hopkins talks with Nurture Development's Cormac Russell on community development and what happens when people come together and behave effectively in a way that’s about right relationships with each other and the place that they're in.…

    An Educating Neighborhood

    John McKnightby John McKnight

    From the premise of the African saying “It takes a village to raise a child,” John explains how largely untapped neighborhood educational assets can be activated to provide incredible learning opportunities for our children.…

    You Are the Guest

    John McKnightby John McKnight, Peter Block

    John and Peter share some of their latest thinking on building new connections and relationships to strengthen our neighborhoods and communities in a transcription of their December 12, 2016 online / dial-up dialog.…

    Communities, Not Countries, Are Best Equipped to Fix the World’s Economic Woes

    Peter Blockby Peter Block

    Local communities are constructing an economy and ways of being that promise more stability and local control than looking outward or upward for solutions to our economic anxiety.…

    Peter Block Talks Community, the Consumer Culture and the Promise of Learning

    Peter Blockby Peter Block

    Peter shares his unique perspective on challenging the status quo in his interview with "About Campus" executive editor Frank Shushok, Jr.…

    Are We There Yet?

    Sarah Arthursby Sarah Arthurs

    John explores two underlying questions raised by his recent book, co-authored with Peter Block and Walter Brueggemann: How will we know when we have departed the consumer culture? and How will we know we have arrived?…

    The Gift of Fallibility

    John McKnightby John McKnight, Peter Block

    Transcribed highlights from John and Peter's wide-ranging conversation on "The Gift of Fallibility" touch on competition in our society, perfectionism and the wish for predictability and control, the unintended consequences of technology, and many other concerns in shifting toward a community way of thinking and acting.…

    Change Thoughts about Money, Change the World!

    Robert H. Thompsonby Robert H. Thompson, Tim Soerens and Kevin Jones

    Robert H. Thompson of leaderinsideout.com talks with Tim Soerens and Kevin Jones, founders of the SOCAP (Social Capital Markets) Conference, about money and how it is not working for us in a way that creates the kind of lives we want to be living.…

    Sustainable Community Development: From What's Wrong to What's Strong

    Cormac Russellby Cormac Russell

    How can we help people to live a good life? Instead of trying to right what's wrong within a community, Cormac argues in this video of his TEDxExeter talk that we need to start with what's strong. We need to help people discover what gifts they have and to use those gifts to enrich those around them.…

    Eight Questions for Thinking and Acting Like a Movement

    Al Etmanskiby Al Etmanski

    Movements open our hearts and minds. They create the favorable political conditions for legislative change, resource allocation and policy shifts that lead to profound social change.…

    Neighbors As Citizens Making Democracy Work

    David Mathewsby David Mathews, John McKnight, Peter Block

    Transcribed highlights from John and Peter's conversation with Kettering Foundation president and CEO David Mathews on the role of citizens in making democracy work as it should. For more than three decades, David has led the Foundation’s work with communities and institutions from the citizen's perspective: "We trade what we have learned for what they are learning, and both benefit.”…

    Change the Conversation, Change the Culture

    Peter Blockby Peter Block

    Video of Peter talking about the small group methodology of community engagement and his views on the restorative movement, from the International Institute for Restorative Practices 19th World Conference.…