Today - September 30th, 2016

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

    Peter talks about how people develop, nurture and sustain community, the genesis of An Other Kingdom on challenging the consumer culture, the commodification and corporatization of our educational institutions, the meaning of "authentic community" ... and much more.


    Are We There Yet?Are We There Yet?

    John McKnight interview with Sarah Arthurs

    John and Sarah explore two questions raised by his recent book, An Other Kingdom, 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 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.

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    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.…

    Honoring the Gifts and Capacities of Cincinnati CitizensHonoring the Gifts and Capacities of Cincinnati Citizens

    A Small Group has opened a dialogue so citizens committed to change in Cincinnati can make it a better place to live. The idea is simple: just opening up a discussion can change a lot for the better.…

    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.…

    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.…

    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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    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.…

    Jubilee - Professor Adam Clark

    Adam Clarkby Adam Clark

    Xavier University theologian Adam Clark explains the idea of Jubilee and how it brings us to the intersection of the bible and economics.…

    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.”…

    Abundant Community Edmonton

    Howard Lawrenceby Howard Lawrence, Anne Harvey, John McKnight, Peter Block

    John and Peter join Howard Lawrence and Anne Harvey to talk about the unique framework they developed in Edmonton to create more connected and capable neighborhoods.…

    Peter Block, Walter Brueggemann and John McKnight in Conversation

    Peter Blockby Peter Block, Walter Brueggemann, John McKnight

    Transcript of Peter, Walter and John's wide-ranging conversation on March 8, 2016 inspired by their new book, "An Other Kingdom: Departing the Consumer Culture," moderated by Peter Pula and Michelle Strutzenberger of Axiom News.…

    Signs of the Times

    John McKnightby John McKnight, Walter Brueggemann, Peter Block

    An excerpt from "An Other Kingdom: Departing the Consumer Culture," the latest book by Peter Block, Walter Brueggemann and John McKnight.…

    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.…

    Strategies for a New Economy

    Michelle Longby Michelle Long

    BALLE Executive Director Michelle Long speaks about the importance of investing in local business to advance the New Economy Movement…

    The Economics of Compassion: Can This City Wipe Out Debt by 2019?

    Sarah van Gelderby Sarah van Gelder, Walter Brueggemann

    A "Jubilee" initiative in Cincinnati aims to wipe out the debts of the city's poorest people. Theologian Walter Brueggemann explains the idea's biblical foundations.…

    John McKnight: What I Have Learned So Far

    Philip Boothby Philip Booth

    John reflects on ABCD's history, practice and future in his keynote address at the 2015 ABCD Festival held in Blackpool, England, to mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Asset Based Community Development Institute.…

    A Place at the Table

    Edd Conboyby Edd Conboy, John McKnight, Peter Block

    No lines ... no meal tickets ... no clothes piled on tables to pick through. These are just a couple of the "radical hospitality" ideas John and Peter talk about with Edd Conboy of Philadelphia's Broad Street Ministry in these transcribed highlights of their August 8, 2015 conversation.…