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    Conversation with Edd Conboy

    Free online/dial-up conversation with John, Peter and their special guest Edd Conboy about different ways people and communities can shift from a scarcity, helplessness and hopelessness stance to one of abundance, gifts and empowerment in their work with people on the margins. Details at Events.


    Seeing BlueSeeing Blue

    By Edd Conboy

    Having to stand in line for this service or that program is one of the most powerful reinforcers of the scarcity mindset. It symbolizes helplessness, hopelessness and the constant concern that there is not enough ... and that it will run out just before it is my turn. Edd Conboy did something about that.


    Sharing Is Not Just for the YoungSharing Is Not Just for the Young

    By Jan Hively and Moira Allan

    In a time when so many feel insecure and public services are being cut, the Pass It On Network calls for elders to self-organize and share their gifts and strengths to help themselves, each other and their communities.


    What if Marginalized Neighborhoods Crafted Their Own Handmade, Place-Based Economies?What if Marginalized Neighborhoods Crafted Their Own Handmade, Place-Based Economies?

    By Michelle Strutzenberger

    Cincinnati is a model for communities reclaiming their economies through neighborhood economics.

    Learn What's Working …
    Building Blocks for Vibrant and Resilient CommunitiesBuilding Blocks for Vibrant and Resilient Communities

    by Robert Thompson and Mike Neiss, Ross Chapin

    Interview with architect, community planner and author Ross Chapin on the power of neighborhood design to build and strengthen community.…

    Making Space for CommunityMaking Space for Community

    by John McKnight, Peter Block, Ross Chapin

    John, Peter and architect, community planner and author Ross Chapin, the leader in defining and designing pocket neighborhoods, talk about how scale and design impact the quality of our conversations, relationships and our sense of community.…

    The Story of New VisionThe Story of New Vision

    New Vision Renewable Energy shows how local adults and young people can become producers by using local resources to make a difference worldwide. Up on a ridge in rural West Virginia, they have become an important example of community creativity.…

    The Story of Ruth: How a Solar Light Changed the Course of One Girl’s Life ForeverThe Story of Ruth: How a Solar Light Changed the Course of One Girl’s Life Forever

    by New Vision Renewable Energy

    New Vision Renewable Energy has successfully enabled citizens and young people in rural West Virginia to produce handmade/homemade solutions to everyday problems. The Story of Ruth demonstrates that their model for learning is easily adaptable in other communities around the world.…

    Building Community, Economy and Mutual “Delight”Building Community, Economy and Mutual “Delight”

    by Robert Thompson and Mike Neiss

    Interview with DeAmon Harges, the original “Roving Listener” as a neighbor and staff member of the Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.…

    Veggies at the Liquor Store — and 5 Other Ways to Bring Food to Your CommunityVeggies at the Liquor Store — and 5 Other Ways to Bring Food to Your Community

    by Shannan Stoll

    Out-of-the-box ideas for putting healthier food on our neighborhood plates — and make friends doing it.…

    Death and Resurrection of an Urban ChurchDeath and Resurrection of an Urban Church

    by Faith & Leadership

    Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis has redefined what it means to serve its urban community. The approach is simple: See your neighbors as children of God.…

    Belonging Revolution Giving Life to New Community NarrativeBelonging Revolution Giving Life to New Community Narrative

    by Lisa Bailey

    The road to what Mike Butler and Dan Benavidez call “the Belonging Revolution” begins with a walk through the neighbourhood.…

    Grace Hearth: A Community Movement Through Soul-warming FoodGrace Hearth: A Community Movement Through Soul-warming Food

    by Rishi O

    Keri Keifer and Jocelyn Jackson found cooking as a way to create change by engaging their local community while nourishing their creative souls at the same time.…

    The Time Banking Way of Giving and Receiving GiftsThe Time Banking Way of Giving and Receiving Gifts

    by Robert Thompson and Mike Neiss, Edgar Cahn

    Edgar Cahn, the founder of TimeBanks, joins Robert Thompson and co-host, Mike Neiss in their latest installment of Leadership and the Common Good.…

    Pay-What-You-Can Café Gets National AttentionPay-What-You-Can Café Gets National Attention

    by Lynne Wise

    Pizza. Fruit pies. And carrot cake. From ingredients grown in the neighborhood. How could it get any better? No prices on the menu: you just pay what you can…

    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.…

    CasaplumaCasapluma

    by Ben Wolfe

    A story of neighborliness that’s long-term, informal, unpredictable and alive.…

    What’s Possible When Two Women Step Up to Connect Their Neighbourhood?What’s Possible When Two Women Step Up to Connect Their Neighbourhood?

    by Michelle Strutzenberger

    In Calgary, Alberta, Amber Cannon and Rowena Saballo have a new passion for life and a friendlier, safer community.…

    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.…

    Bikers against Child AbuseBikers against Child Abuse

    by Leslie Stephen

    Bikers against Child Abuse keeps kids safe from harm and is a great example of an association that de Tocqueville would call productive, prodigious, and almost unimaginable at the same time.…

    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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    by Faith & Leadership

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