Author Biographies

Abby Quillan
Abby Quillan

Abby Quillen wrote this article for The Human Cost of Stuff, the Fall 2013 issue of YES! Magazine. Abby is a freelance writer living in Eugene, Ore. She blogs at … read more »

Adam Clark
Adam Clark

Adam Clark is a leading voice in reimagining all the issues facing urban America. Associate Professor of Theology at Xavier University, Cincinnati, he is committed to the idea that theological education in the twenty-first century must function as a counter-story, one that equips students to read… read more »

Al Etmanski
Al Etmanski

Al Etmanski is a community organizer, social entrepreneur and author. (www.aletmanski.com) (@aletmanski ) His latest book is Impact: Six Patterns to Spread Your Social Innovation. &… read more »

Alan D. Mutter

Alan D. Mutter is a consultant specializing in corporate initiatives and new media ventures involving journalism and technology and also serves on the adjunct faculty of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley. He comments  on the technological developme… read more »

Alan Roxburgh
Alan Roxburgh

Alan Roxburgh is a pastor, teacher, writer and consultant with more than 30 years experience in church leadership, consulting and seminary education.  Alan has pastored congregations in a small town, the suburbs, the re-development of a downtown urban church and the planting of other c… read more »

Allison Pinto
Allison Pinto

Dr. Allison Pinto is a licensed clinical child psychologist with a specialization in infant mental health and Co-Executive Director of the Sarasota Community Studio.  After earning a Ph.D. at UCLA, she served as a clinical program director an… read more »

American Express OPEN Forum

OPEN Forum is the premier content marketing service from American Express for small bu… read more »

Amy Dean
Amy Dean

Amy Dean is a fellow of The Century Foundation and principal of ABD Ventures, LLC, a consulting firm that works to develop new organizing strategies for social change organizations. Dean is co-author, with David Reynolds, of A New New Deal: How Regional Activism Will Reshape… read more »

Anne Harvey
Anne Harvey

Anne Harvey is the Community Recreation Coordinator, City of Edmonton's City Services Department. She and Howard Lawrence have been instrumental in developing … read more »

Anne Stadler
Anne Stadler

Anne Stadler is an independent consultant, an Associate of the Sunyata Group, which offers consultancy services and projects that support self-organizing individual and collective leadership that transforms people, communities and the living environment from surviving to thriving presence. She is… read more »

April Doner
April Doner

April Doner lives and works as a Roving Illustrator, telling stories of community thriving, abundance, and people-powered change through writing, photography and art. Originally from the wave-kissed east coast of Florida, April has found her way to Indianapolis, IN to join community-based… read more »

Ashley Cooper
Ashley Cooper

Ashley Cooper facilitates opportunities for people to have meaningful connections with themselves, each other, their purpose, their environment and the greater whole.  She supports individuals and groups in their efforts to live more vibrantly, bring visions into action and collaborate… read more »

Ben Wolfe
Ben Wolfe

Ben Wolfe is a Generative Journalist with Axiom News. He has 25 years of experience in writing, editing, design and publishing in the service of community-building and social change. Ben is a past director of communications of national and local… read more »

Benedict Carey

Benedict Carey is a science reporter for The New York Times.… read more »

Bill Berkowitz, Ph.D.
Bill Berkowitz, Ph.D.

Bill is a community psychologist who has been writing about, teaching about, creating, and directing neighborhood and community service programs for more than 30 years. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in psychology since the 1970s at the University of Massachusetts Lowell … read more »

Bill Kauth and Zoe Alowan
Bill Kauth and Zoe Alowan

Bill Kauth and Zoe Alowan are active learners and teachers of the concepts and processes of Gift Community. Together they have delivered 45 Gift Community seminars around the world and co-authored the book … read more »

Bill Weaver
Bill Weaver

Bill Weaver is a Peabody Award-winning filmmaker and journalist, media strategist, speaker and facilitator, with over three decades of experience creating meaningful content for US and Canadian television. His films build bridges of understanding across economic and environmental lines, and explo… read more »

Birju Pandya
Birju Pandya

Birju Pandya is East Coast Coordinator for ServiceSpace and a frequent contributor to its websites.  A quote Birju lives by: "We can do no great things, only small things with great love." - Mother Teresa … read more »

Bob Stilger
Bob Stilger

Bob Stilger, Ph.D. is a conversation host, teacher, speaker, consultant, facilitator and coach who has spent 35 years building strong and vibrant organizations and communities. For 25 years he was the Executive Director of Northwest Regional Facilitators, an innovative community development corpo… read more »

Bob van Meter
Bob van Meter

Bob van Meter has served as executive director of Boston LISC since March 2008. Previously, he was the executive director of the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation from 1993 until 2008, and a project manager and real estate director at the Fenway Community Development Corporation … read more »

Brenton Crozier
Brenton Crozier

Brenton Crozier is multimedia producer, wordsmith and "music man" for State of the Re-Union. He started as a print journalism major and shifted to website copywriting and content editing early in h… read more »

Brooke Jarvis
Brooke Jarvis

Journalist Brooke Jarvis has written for Yes! magazine, The California Sunday Magazine, National Geographic, Pacific Standard Magazine, Audubon Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, OnEarth Magazine, Al Jazeera America, RollingStone.com, NBCNews.com, The Washington Post, Mental_Floss, Aeon Magazine, … read more »

Bruce Anderson
Bruce Anderson

Bruce Anderson is a nationally recognized speaker, community activist and leadership coach.  Equally at home in remote villages and urban communities, he is known for blending old stories and wisdom, along with modern organizing strategies, into the asset-based community development and so… read more »

Cat Johnson
Cat Johnson

Cat Johnson is a freelance writer focused on community, the commons, sharing, collaboration and music. Publications include Utne Reader, GOOD, Yes! Magazine, Shareable, Triple Pundit and Lifehacker.… read more »

Cathy Park

Cathy Park is an author, facilitator and entrepreneur, helping people create lives that are passionate, productive and profitable. She is learning daily the art of gentle being and artful doing. Contact her on:cathy@cathypark.co.za… read more »

Charles Holmes
Charles Holmes

Charles Holmes is a master convener, gifted facilitator, skilled educator and empathetic coach. Described by Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, as a “true social alchemist,” Charles has designed and facilitated collaborative strategic meetings and multi-stakeholder dialogu… read more »

Clare Goff
Clare Goff

Clare Goff is deputy editor of NewStart, a UK monthly magazine about how to make the places we live in better.… read more »

Communities First Association
Communities First Association

The Communities First Association is part of a national movement created to bring about holistic transformation at the grass-roots level. Communities First's goal is to help churches, orga… read more »

Cormac Russell
Cormac Russell

Cormac Russell is Managing Director of Nurture Development, Director of ABCD Europe and a faculty member of the Asset Based Commun… read more »

Dan Duncan
Dan Duncan

Dan Duncan is a consultant and faculty member of the Asset Based Community Development Institute, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. His website is http://www.hdanielsduncanconsulting.org/ … read more »

Dan Joyner
Dan Joyner

Dan Joyner is a management consultant and facilitator based in the Cincinnati area. His expertise is in the criminal justice system, government and non-profit management / frontline leadership, community / organizational change management, building collaborations and strategic planning. He is act… read more »

Dana Drugmand
Dana Drugmand

Dana Drugmand is an editorial intern at YES! magazine.… read more »

Daniel Grego
Daniel Grego

Daniel Grego is Executive Director of Milwaukee's TransCenter for Youth. He began working for TransCenter for Youth in 1980, first as a teacher, then for twelve years as the Director of Shalom High School. In 1993, he became TransCenter’s Director of Educational… read more »

Dave Cooper
Dave Cooper

The Rev. N. David (Dave) Cooper is an Asset Based (strengths-based) Community Development practitioner and a consultant with communities, congregations, organizations and institutions that want to strengthen their capacity, competence, and commitment to work for and achieve social, economic, spir… read more »

Dave Soleil
Dave Soleil

Dave Soleil is a leadership education consultant specializing in the philosophy and methodology of Nonviolence. Dave has eighteen years of experience designing and delivering leadership development programs for educational institutions, nonprofits and corporate groups.   … read more »

David Bolllier
David Bolllier

From David Bollier's website: I am an author, activist, blogger and consultant who spends a lot of time exploring the commons as a new paradigm of economics, politics and culture. I've been on this trail for about fifteen years, working … read more »

David Cayley
David Cayley

David Cayley is a Toronto-based Canadian writer and broadcaster. For more than thirty years he made radio documentaries for CBC … read more »

David Mathews
David Mathews

David Mathews was elected to the Kettering Foundation’s board of trustees in 1972 and became its president and CEO in 1981. Prior to his work there, David served in the Ford administration as secretary of Health, Education, and… read more »

Dean Paton
Dean Paton

Dean Paton is executive editor of YES! magazine.… read more »

Deb Wisniewski
Deb Wisniewski

Deb Wisniewski is a consultant and a trainer, working closely with individuals, organizations and systems that want to change how they think about the people they serve — to see them as individuals with gifts and members of their communities, instead of seeing them as "clients". … read more »

Deborah Puntenney
Deborah Puntenney

Deborah Puntenney, PhD, recently retired from her position of research associate professor in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. She still operates her own research and consulting firm specializing in the areas of asset-based community development, community-bas… read more »

Doyle Canning
Doyle Canning

Doyle CAnning is a strategist, trainer and organizer with a deep commitment to building 21st century social movements for ecological justice. She came to the Center for Story-based Strategy (formerly smartMeme) in 2003 … read more »

Duane Elgin
Duane Elgin

Duane Elgin is an internationally recognized author, speaker, and trans-partisan media activist. He is the director of the Great Transition Stories project that, in turn, is a project … read more »

Ed Everett
Ed Everett

Ed Everett is the former city manager of Redwood, CA and now serves as city strategist for Nextdoor, the free and private social network currently being used in more than 32,000 neighborhoods coast to coast to build stronger and safer c… read more »

Edd Conboy
Edd Conboy

Edd Conboy is Director of Social Services and the Counseling Center at Broad Street Ministry and Senior Staff Therapist at the Council for Relationships in Philadel… read more »

Edgar Cahn
Edgar Cahn

Edgar Cahn is a longstanding social activist, the originator of Time Dollars, the creator of the Co-Production principle, the founder of TimeBanksUSA, co-founder of… read more »

Faith & Leadership

Faith & Leadership is a learning resource for Christian leaders and their institutions from Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. … read more »

Ferrell Foster
Ferrell Foster

“It’s easy for some people to say what they do,” says Ferrell Foster, “but my place in this world is a bit more complicated.” "I’m sort of a minister, but not of a church; sort of a writer, but I haven't ha… read more »

Fred Neurohr
Fred Neurohr

Fred Neurohr is a research consultant and a community leader, who resides in the Northside neighborhood of Cincinnati with his wife and two children.  He is honored to serve on the Board of Directors for Cincinnati’s Premier Urban Arts Center, Elementz: a home for hip hop and respect.… read more »

Gary Robbins

Gary Robbins is a member of Cincinnati Civic Engagement Works, a community of practice that hosts regular gatherings to learn, develop and practice the art of civic engagement and to expand its network of practition… read more »

Gerard Ee
Gerard Ee

Gerard Ee spearheads Singapore's Beyond Social Services, an organisation that rallies and activates service-users, their support networks and the community to support disadvantaged young people move beyond their poverty-related problems. Gerard started out as a youth worker mento… read more »

Hannah Brencher
Hannah Brencher

Hannah Brencher is the 24-year-old founder of The World Needs More Love Letters, a global love letter writing organization that harnesses the power behind social media to write and mail love letters to individuals a… read more »

Hatchery LA

Based in Redondo Beach, California, Hatchery LA is a church planting center that incubates innovative, sustainable models of church (Common Cause Communities) with a goal of launching nine new churches each year and ultimately building the Silicon Valley of Church Innovation.  They offer a r… read more »

Helms Jarrell
Helms Jarrell

Jennifer “Helms” Jarrell and her husband, Greg Jarrell, are co-pastors of the SouthPark Christian Church in Charlotte, NC. Both graduates of Appalachian State University and Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA.  Helms and Greg have two sons, John Tyson and Zeb.&nbs… read more »

Howard Lawrence
Howard Lawrence

Howard Lawrence is an ordained minister, neighborhood consultant, active volunteer with Edmonton’s Highlands Community leadership and is currrently spearheading Edmonton, Alberta’s Abundant Communities Initiative. … read more »

Ian Macdonald

Ian Macdonald is the former editor of the website South Africa The Good News. http://www.sagoodnews.co.za/… read more »

J. Kim Wright
J. Kim Wright

A zealous advocate for a new paradigm of law practice, J. Kim Wright wears a lot of hats, among them: lawyer, author, editor, coach, consultant, teacher, and trainer. A graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of La… read more »

Jack Pearpoint
Jack Pearpoint

Jack Pearpoint is an international educator, author, publisher and advocate for social change. He is the Founder and Director of … read more »

Jacqueline Reed
Jacqueline Reed

Jacqueline Reed is the founder and former president and CEO of Chicago's Westside Health Authority. WHA was founded in 1988 in response to two local hospital closings. Its mission is to "use the capacity of community… read more »

James Koshiba
James Koshiba

Born and raised in Hawaii, James spent seven years on the mainland and moved home to be closer to family and to be part of a community where he felt at home. In 2008 he helped launch Kanu Hawaii, a nonprofit that promotes and su… read more »

Jamie Vollmer
Jamie Vollmer

Jamie Vollmer is an award-winning champion of public education, and the author of the highly acclaimed book Schools Cannot Do It Alone. He has spent the last twenty years working with school districts, educat… read more »

Jan Bennett
Jan Bennett

Jan Bennett, Digital Content Editor and Social Media Coordinator at State of the Re-Union, spent many years collecting vocational talents and skills from various work environments. After realizing that her natural curio… read more »

Jan Hively and Moira Allan
Jan Hively and Moira Allan

Jan Hively is co-founder of the Pass It On Network and serves as the group’s International Consultant and Country Liaison for the U.S. After a career in city and schools planning and administration, Hively earned her P… read more »

Janis Foster Richardson
Janis Foster Richardson

Janis Foster Richardson is Executive Director of Grassroots Grantmakers. Janis came to Grassroots Grantmakers with experience as a neighborhood leader, the director of a neighborhood technical assistance center, a community found… read more »

Jason Roberts
Jason Roberts

Jason Roberts is a small business owner, community leader, and founder of The Better Block Project, a national movement that cities around the world are now embracing to help revitalize blighted and under developed neighborhoods. Throug… read more »

Jay Walljasper
Jay Walljasper

Jay Walljasper, Senior Fellow at On the Commons and editor of OnTheCommons.org, created OTC’s book All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons. A speaker, communications strategist and writer and editor,… read more »

Jeannie Masterson
Jeannie Masterson

Jeannie Masterson, CSJ is a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph in Cincinnati and serves on its leadership team.… read more »

Jeff Yost
Jeff Yost

Jeff Yost joined Nebraska Community Foundation as Vice President in 1998 and was appointed president and CEO in 2003. Under his leadership NCF has sustained a continuous year-over-year growth.  Jeff has been instrumental in developing NCF’s unique profile among community foundations na… read more »

Jeffrey Bordelon
Jeffrey Bordelon

Jeffrey Bordelon is a founder and director of PlacerSustain,  a nonprofit organization in Placer County, CA dedicated to "connecting people and inspiring collaboration to build healthy communities and thriving local economies." He has been a practicing attorney and land use planner for … read more »

Jennifer Neutel

Jennifer Neutel is a Generative Journalist with Axiom News. A graduate of the journalism program at Carleton University in 2006, she has written about many aspects of the transition narrative over the last seven years.She iis a regular contribut… read more »

Jennifer Sommerness
Jennifer Sommerness

Jennifer Sommerness is an educational consultant, teacher and advocate with a background in inclusive education, educational administration and staff development. She works with teachers, administrators and families to create collaborative school cultures and engaging school experiences for … read more »

Jeremy Adam Smith
Jeremy Adam Smith

Jeremy Adam Smith is the editor of Shareable.net, author of The Daddy Shi… read more »

Jill J. Jensen
Jill J. Jensen

Jill J. Jensen is the founder of an independent agency specializing in communication strategy, writing / editorial services, and production for print and electronic media. A pioneer in collaborating with virtual teams, Jill has worked with for-profit and not-for-profit businesses of all sizes, in… read more »

Jill Janov

Jill Janov is a probono consultant with nonprofit organizations that seek to develop organizational capacity and the person at work. Jill applies her 36 years of consulting experience — in private, public, and government organizations — to enhance the public sector's engagem… read more »

Jim Diers
Jim Diers

Participatory democracy has been Jim Diers’ preoccupation and his career for the past 36 years. In his work with grassroots community organizations and with government and other large agencies, Jim has found ways to get more people engaged with their community and more involved in decisions… read more »

Jim Welling
Jim Welling

JIm Welling is a lifelong resident of northern Indiana. Most of his professional life has been lived as an educator—teacher, principal, staff developer, consultant. His interests include healthy family development, travel, photography and bringing attention to "wrong headed" education… read more »

Jimmy Toyama

Jimmy Toyama is a retired public servant who writes a monthly column for “The Paradise Post,” a monthly reader published on the Island of Hawaii.  His column “Nurturing Our Taro Patches” captures and tells the many rich and colorful stories that form the mosaic of com… read more »

Joan Horwitt

Joan Horwitt is the founder of LAWNS 2 LETTUCE 4 LUNCH® and chairs a leadership team of local residents.  A former Arlington County teacher and school volunteer, she wrote a weekly dining column for the Washington Post for nearly a decade.… read more »

Joe Erpenbeck
Joe Erpenbeck

Joe works in the disabilities world for a large county board. Within this system he has created a small team of people who are moving from providing services to building community. In his case, community is built around individuals whom we used to call the “disabled.” His group is ale… read more »

John McClaughry
John McClaughry

John McClaughry is currently Vice President of The Ethan Allen Institute, Vermont's free-market public policy research and education organization, having as its founding President since 1993. He is a widely p… read more »

John (Jody) Kretzmann
John (Jody) Kretzmann

John (Jody) Kretzmann is co-founder and co-director of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute of the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. The ABCD Institute works with community building leaders across North America as well as on five other conti… read more »

John McKnight
John McKnight

John McKnight is emeritus professor of education and social policy and codirector of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University. He is the coauthor of Building Communities from the Inside Out and the author of The Careless Society. He has been a community organizer… read more »

John McKnight and Peter Block
John McKnight and Peter Block

John L. McKnight was raised a traveling Ohioan, having lived in seven neighborhoods and small towns in the eighteen years before he left to attend Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois. There, he had the good fortune to be educated by a faculty dedicated to preparin… read more »

Juanita Brown
Juanita Brown

Co-founder of the World Café and co-author of the award-winning World Café book, Juanita is a thinking partner for senior leaders acros… read more »

Judith Snow
Judith Snow

Judith Snow, MA, was a social inventor and an advocate for Inclusion — communities that welcome the participation of a wide diversity of people. Her internationally recognized work included consulting and workshops on person centered planning, personal assistance, support circle buildi… read more »

Julie Cunningham

Julie Cunningham is the editor of the website South Africa The Good News. http://www.sagoodnews.co.za/… read more »

Julie Jung
Julie Jung

Julie Jung is Director of Communications, the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. … read more »

Karen Lehman
Karen Lehman

Karen Lehman is the director of Fresh Taste, a funder collaborative formed by several Illinois foundations and the City of Chicago to relocalize Chicago’s food system and improve equity of access to good fo… read more »

Katherine Gustafson

Katherine Gustafson is a freelance writer and editor based in the Washington, DC area. Her first book, Change Comes to Dinner, about sustainable food, was published this month by St. Martin's Press. … read more »

Kevin "Doc" Klein
Kevin "Doc" Klein

Doc Klein was an Outward Bound instructor and facilitator for close to thirty years before starting the consulting firm Uncharted Territories Inc. His work has focused largely on working with communities and organizations to create and implement their visions of the future. Using sys… read more »

Kevin Jones
Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones is co-founder and convener of SOCAP (Social Capital Markets), a network of heart-centered investors, entrepreneurs, and social impact leaders who believe in an inclusive and socially responsible economy to address the… read more »

Kim Eckert
Kim Eckert

Kim Eckart is a Seattle-based writer and associate editor at YES! magazine.… read more »

Kim Hopes
Kim Hopes

Kim Hopes is the Program Coordinator at the Asset Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University.… read more »

Kristen Barker
Kristen Barker

Kristen Barker is the president and co-founder of the Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative (CUCI). Using a model passed on from the Mondragon Corporation, Kristen is helping Cincinnati be a … read more »

Kristian Partington
Kristian Partington

Kristian Partington is a Generative Journalist with Axiom News. Axiom is a life-giving news network for a renewed and thriving world with a mission to provide Generative Journalism services to org… read more »

Laura Benshoff
Laura Benshoff

Laura Benshoff is an education reporter with WHYY. Originally from Raleigh, N.C., Laura hasn't had a southern accent in years. She moved to Montreal for college before landing in Philadelphia in 2012. Before joining WHYY, she worked as a health policy researcher in New Delhi and a gra… read more »

Laura Fulton
Laura Fulton

Laura Fulton is an educator who is passionate about communities in all forms. She has lived, worked and volunteered on four continents. Laura has taught learners from elementary children to adults. She has worked primarily in schools but has also fostered learning on archaeological sites, … read more »

Leslie Osborn

Leslie Osborn an independent consultant who works with leaders committed to making critical changes in their organizations.  Her consulting practice is grounded in 20+ years of line leadership in Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft, Amazon.com and Gannett/USA Today.  Her broad bu… read more »

Leslie Stephen
Leslie Stephen

Leslie Stephen is the editor of The Abundant Community book and website.… read more »

Lisa Bailey
Lisa Bailey

Lisa Bailey came to Axiom News with reporting and editing experience at newspapers across southern Ontario. She describes Axiom as opening her eyes to a new approach to journalism, based in appreciative inquiry and asking catalytic questions. “It’s important to record hi… read more »

Lisa Gale Hadden
Lisa Gale Hadden

Lisa Gale Hadden is Executive Director of a Michigan Area Health Education Center, housed within the College of Medicine at Central Michigan University, and serves as a faculty member of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute, Northwestern University. The former Presid… read more »

Louise van Rhyn
Louise van Rhyn

Louise van Rhyn is an organization change practitioner with a focus on large scale change in complex social systems. She has worked with diverse local and global organizations, across all sectors, in many countries. She is the founder of Symphonia for South Africa, a group of organizations commit… read more »

Lynne Wise

Lynne Wise is the communications director of the Economics of Compassion Initiative of Greater Cincinnati and editor of its monthly newsletter, Compassionomics.… read more »

Margaret Rahn

Margaret Rahn is a long time fan of Peter Block’s six conversations and is intrigued by the creative potential of the Connector’s practice.  Margaret lives in farm country of Sunman, India… read more »

Margot Adler

Margot Adler is a National Public Radio correspondent based in NPR's New York Bureau.… read more »

Maria Popova
Maria Popova

Maria Popova is the founder and editor of Brain Pickings, "a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, culling and curating cross-disciplinary curiosity-quenchers, and separating the signal from the noise to bring you things you didn’t know you were interested in until you are." S… read more »

Marjorie Kelly
Marjorie Kelly

Marjorie Kelly is a fellow with the Tellus Institute and holds a dual appointment as director of ownership strategy with Cutting Edge Capital consulting firm. Kelly was co-founder and for 20 years president of Business Ethics magazine, best known for its listing of the 10… read more »

Mark Andrew Boyer
Mark Andrew Boyer

Mark Andrew Boyer is a photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born in Buffalo, NY, he studied literature at the University of Chicago and was the co-founder of OrganicNation.tv. He is an editor for Inhabitat, and his work h… read more »

Mark Anielski
Mark Anielski

Mark Anielski is a pioneering and spiritual economist who is changing the nature of his discipline. He measures the well-being of the commons instead of just documenting consumption and how much money is changing hands. He has created new measures that focus us on what really matters: Happiness.&… read more »

Mary Nelson
Mary Nelson

Mary Nelson was for 27 years the founding President and CEO of Bethel New Life, a faith-based community development corporation focused on its low-income, African-American west-side Chicago community. Under her leadership the organization grew from an annual budget of $9,600 to more than $14… read more »

Matt DeLucia
Matt DeLucia

Matt DeLucia is a reporter for NBC10 in Philadelphia.… read more »

Melissa Lee
Melissa Lee

After completing a bachelor’s degree in studio art and having no idea what to do next, Melissa decided the only logical step was to buy a round-the-world ticket and travel for nine months.  Somewhere along the way in India, an oracle healer told her to “just pick something and do… read more »

Meredith McNair
Meredith McNair

Meredith McNair hails from Cincinnati, Ohio and was an intern with abundantcommunity.com in the summer of 2011. She is now a full-time student on an academic scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh, where she majors in urban studies.… read more »

Michael Peck
Michael Peck

Michael Peck is the founder of the MAPA Group, an international strategic and tactical business development firm that for more than 20 years has integrated business development strategies with partnership and alliance development in the en… read more »

Michelle Long
Michelle Long

Michelle Long is the executive director of BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies). Founded in 2001, BALLE is amplifying and accelerating the enormous awakening energy directed toward local economies. Seeing local, independe… read more »

Michelle Strutzenberger
Michelle Strutzenberger

For fifteen years, Michelle Strutzenberger worked as a Generative Journalist and Newsroom Chair with Axiom News. While working full time, Michelle began writing children’s novels. Her latest book, The Secret Talent Shop of Pinea… read more »

Mikala Woodward

Mikala Woodward of Seattle was one of the first to send us a story of community abundance.… read more »

Mike Mather
Mike Mather

Mike Mather is the pastor at Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. It is his second tenure at Broadway. He served there from 1986-1991 and then he was sent to serve another church named Broadway in South Bend. He came back to the Indianapolis Broadway UMC in 2003. Mike is the author o… read more »

Mike McGrath
Mike McGrath

Mike McGrath is senior editor and chief information officer for the National Civic League. A former newspaper reporter and magazine writer, he is editor of the quarterly National Civic Review, which will be beginning its centennial year of publishing this spring. He writes regular blog posts for … read more »

Nancy Sleeth
Nancy Sleeth

Nancy Sleeth is the author of Almost Amish: One Woman's Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life and co-founder of the fait… read more »

Nebraska Community Foundation

The Nebraska Community Foundation provides communities with assistance and technical expertise to maximize the effectiveness of community philanthropy and educates donors and community leaders on the impact of grant making on community economic development goals. It currently works with community… read more »

New Vision Renewable Energy

From its home base, research and training center, in North Central West Virginia, New Vision Renewable Energy connects citizens, businesses and faith-based and community organizations to join an international renewable energy movement. NVRE’s old-fashioned, time-tested, neighbors-help… read more »

Nextdoor

Nextdoor is the free and private social network currently being used in more than 30,000 neighborhoods nationwide to build stronger and safer communities. In addition to sharing, neighbors use Nextdoor to discuss crime and safety updates, reunite lost pets with their owners, and find th… read more »

Nicole Cashin
Nicole Cashin

Nicole Cashin is the Coordinator of Citizens Advocacy Athens-Clarke, Georgia. A native Georgian who graduated from the University of Georgia in 2005 with a BA in Marketing, Nicole has called Athens “home”… read more »

Nipun Mehta
Nipun Mehta

Nipun Mehta is the founder of ServiceSpace (formerly CharityFocus), an incubator of projects that works at the intersection of volunteerism, technology and gift-economy. What started as an experiment with four friends in the Silicon … read more »

Parker J. Palmer
Parker J. Palmer

World-renowned writer, speaker and activist, Parker J. Palmer is the founder and senior partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal and author of nine books, including sev… read more »

Patrice Gaines
Patrice Gaines

Patrice Gaines is an author and motivational speaker, co-founder of the Brown Angel Center, and a former Washington Post reporter. Her books include … read more »

Patrick Reinsborough
Patrick Reinsborough

atrick Reinsborough has been involved in campaigns for peace, the environment, and social justice for over twenty years. He co-founded the Center for Story-based Strategy (formerly smartMeme), in 2002 to explore the intersection of m… read more »

Paul Born
Paul Born

Paul Born is the award-winning president and co-founder of Tamarack: An Institute for Community Engagement, which advances plac… read more »

Paul Signorelli
Paul Signorelli

Paul Signorelli is a San Francisco-based writer, trainer, presenter, social media strategist, learning advocate, and consultant with more than 20 years of experience working with a variety of companies and organizations.  His firm, Paul Signorelli and Associates, off… read more »

Paul Uhlig, MD
Paul Uhlig, MD

Paul Uhlig, MD, MPA, a cardiothoracic surgeon, is associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita and Executive Director of the Mid Continent Regional Center for Health Care Simulation. He is recognized for innovative practice and research in patient safety, high reliab… read more »

Paula B Muething
Paula B Muething

“If you want to become involved in civic service, my advice is to just get involved," says Paula Boggs Mueth… read more »

Peggy Holman
Peggy Holman

Since 1991, Peggy Holman has supported organizations and communities to uncover creative responses to complex challenges by using innovative engagement processes. … read more »

Peter Block
Peter Block

In addition to The Abundant Community, co-authored with John McKnight, Peter Block is the author of Flawless Consulting, Community, Stewardship and The Answer to How Is Yes. He serves on the boards of Elementz, a hip hop center for urban youth; Cincinnati Public Ra… read more »

Peter Block and John McKnight
Peter Block and John McKnight

John L. McKnight was raised a traveling Ohioan, having lived in seven neighborhoods and small towns in the eighteen years before he left to attend Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois. There, he had the good fortune to be educated by a faculty dedicated to preparin… read more »

Peter Koestenbaum
Peter Koestenbaum

Peter Koestenbaum, author, consultant and executive coach, has been called the most important philosopher of our time. After a thirty-four year career as a philosophy professor at San Jose State University, Peter has traveled the world consulting with major companies, local governments and indivi… read more »

Peter Pula
Peter Pula

Peter Pula is founder and CEO of Axiom News, the originator of Generative Journalism. As a new economy business located in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, Axiom News is deeply engaged in an emerging Cross-Communi… read more »

Philabundance

Philabundance is the Philadelphia region’s largest hunger relief organization, providing emergency food and access to services to three quarters of a million people at risk of hunger and food insecurity in the Delaware Valley. The mission of Philabundance is to drive hunger from our c… read more »

Philip Booth
Philip Booth

Philip Booth founded the Ruscombe Green blog in 2006, is a former Green Party Stroud District Councillor for Randwick, Whiteshill and Ruscombe (2006-2014) and works part-time for a County-wide Trust committed to building more … read more »

Prucia Buscell
Prucia Buscell

Prucia Buscell is the communications director and staff writer for the Plexus Institute. She is the editor of the Institute's newsletter, emerging, and the weekly Thursday Complexity Post and the organizer and host of P… read more »

Puanani Burgess
Puanani Burgess

Puanani Burgess is a community building facilitator, trainer and consultant in Hawai'i, the US and the Pacific. She is also a poet and cultural translator noted for her experience in community, family and values-based economic development, mediation and storytelling processes and  a board me… read more »

Rachel Brnjas
Rachel Brnjas

Rachel Brnjas is a Community Animator, Seeking Community, working with the Tamarack Institute.… read more »

Rachel Oscar
Rachel Oscar

Rachel Oscar is Grassroots Grantmakers’ first AmeriCorps VISTA Member.  She comes to Grassroots Grantmakers from Kenyon College in Gambier, OH where she received a BA in History in 2011.  Rachel is looking… read more »

Raechel Dawson
Raechel Dawson

Raechel Dawson is a reporter for the Kirkland (WA) Reporter. … read more »

Randall Reid
Randall Reid

Randall Reid is County Manager of Alachua County, Florida. He is active in a number of professional associations including the International City Management Association, the Florida City/County Management Association, where he has served as both President and Chairman of the Ethics Committe… read more »

Randy Ripley, AIA
Randy Ripley, AIA

After 25 years as an architect, Randy Ripley, AIA, decided five years ago to take his career in a new direction by starting a company called Arbors Development, LLC i… read more »

Ray Thompson
Ray Thompson

Ray Thompson has worked in a range of professional capacities for respected Chicago area social service agencies and educational institutions His passion  is sparking sustainable and scalable local community change with local people.   His firm, Thompson Community Relations Group, … read more »

Rex Lai
Rex Lai

Rex Lai, MSOD, is an organization/community development consultant working in management and training capacities in the private, public, and not-for-profit sector.  He focuses on helping organizations and communities discover and unleash their untapped potentia… read more »

Richard C. Harwood
Richard C. Harwood

Rich Harwood is a leading authority on improving America’s communities, raising standards of political conduct and re-engaging citizens on complex and controversial public issues. He is a frequent contributor to national and syndicated media outlets including MSNBC, NPR, The Christian Scien… read more »

Rishi O
Rishi O

Rishi O does short films using video and photography. His inspiration comes from the beauty of things "imperfect" and "ordinary." www.rishio.com… read more »

Rob Hopkins
Rob Hopkins

Rob Hopkins is an independent activist and writer on environmental issues, based in Totnes, England. He is best known as the founder and figurehead of the Tran… read more »

Robert A. Emmons
Robert A. Emmons

Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., is the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude. He is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, and the founding editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology. He is also the auth… read more »

Robert H. Thompson
Robert H. Thompson

Robert H. Thompson is a sought-after speaker, executive coach, journalist and thought leader in his field. Founder of Applied Performance, a leadership communication services company, Robert’s clients have included AT&T, Amgen, Hewlett-Packard, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Mar… read more »

Robert Thompson and Mike Neiss

Robert Thompson and co-host Mike Neiss host the Leadership for the Common Good series on blogtalkradio highlighting real leaders demonstrat… read more »

Ron Dwyer-Voss
Ron Dwyer-Voss

Ron Dwyer-Voss is a member of the Stewardship Team of ABCD in Action.… read more »

Ross Chapin
Ross Chapin

Ross Chapin, FAIA, is an architect based on Whidbey Island, WA and author of Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small Scale Community in a Large Scale World (… read more »

Ruston Seaman
Ruston Seaman

Ruston Seaman, president and CEO of New Vision Renewable Energy, has dedicated his adult life to ministry and community development in under-resourced rural communities in the U.S.  … read more »

Sarah Arthurs
Sarah Arthurs

Sarah Arthurs has a B.A. in Theology, a Masters in Educational Psychology and is a Registered Psychologist. She has worked as a therapist, college instructor, parent educator, community developer and pastor. And has happily found her true home in the Co-operative sector! She is a member of … read more »

Sarah van Gelder
Sarah van Gelder

Sarah van Gelder is co-founder and editor at large of YES! Magazine, a national, independent media organization that fuses powerful ideas with practical actions for a just and sustainable world. Follow her … read more »

Schumacher Center for a New Economics

The mission of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics is to educate the public about an economics that supports both people and the planet. We believe that a fair and sustainable economy is possible and that citizens working f… read more »

Seth Resler

Seth Resler is with Linkage, a global organizational development company that specializes in leadership development.… read more »

Shankar Vedantam
Shankar Vedantam

Shankar Vedantam is a science correspondent for NPR. The focus of his reporting is on human behavior and the social sciences, and how research in those fields can get listeners to think about the news in unusual and interesting ways. … read more »

Shannan Stoll

Shannan Stoll is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to YES! magazine.… read more »

Shannon Hayes
Shannon Hayes

Shannon Hayes is a frequent contributor to YES! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas with practical actions. She is the author of … read more »

Shawn Gavin
Shawn Gavin

From Shawn's first blog: Recently, I created an opportunity to make a difference in my community. I ran for city council and won! Although political campaigning and holding public office is not on my resume, I have marketing experience, enthusiasm and passion. Add a dash of magic and mayb… read more »

Shira Golding

Shira Golding is co-founder Share Tompkins, which helps people share and trade goods and services in Ithaca and Tompkins County, New York. The volunteer-run group was formed through an open community meeting on May 7, 2009. It maintains a … read more »

Social Innovation Generation

Social Innovation Generation (SiG) is a partnership of four Canadian institutions and sites: the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, MaRS Discovery District, the University of Waterloo and SiG West. Spearheaded in 2006 by the McConnell Foundation, SiG was a response to the growing rec… read more »

Steve Byers
Steve Byers

Based in the Pacific Northwest, Steve Byers consults with leadership teams, organizations and other communities seeking to establish or renew their essential conversation.  His passion is helping human systems think, learn, and work together — better.  Steve is a gra… read more »

Steve Rock
Steve Rock

Steve Rock is an environmentalist and volunteer garden builder in Cincinnati's Madisonville neighborhood.… read more »

Steve Schmidt
Steve Schmidt

Steve Schmidt writes about East San Diego County (CA) and is a longtime resident of the region. In his 25-plus years in the area, he has also written at length about education, transportation, local politics and the West. Steve Schmidt: 619-293-1380; Twitter: @steveschmidt1; Facebook:… read more »

Susan Doherty

Susan Doherty works with the Plexus Institute assisting with day-to-day management as well as maintaining blogs and other social media outlets. She previously worked as a project manager for a consulting firm and coordinator for P… read more »

Susan Fleetwood

Susan Fleetwood is OD director at Microsoft Corporation. She is a member of the Alumni Council for the MSOD program of Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management.… read more »

The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change

The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change distills lessons about how to revitalize distressed communities, and helps policymakers, funders, and practitioners create effective strategies for promoting vibrant, racially-equitabl… read more »

The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation

The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation partners with resident teams in an underinvested community called the Diamond Neighborhoods in southeastern San Diego, California. Its mission, “Resident Ownership of N… read more »

The Kettering Foundation

The Kettering Foundation is a nonprofit operating foundation rooted in the American tradition of cooperative research. Charles F. Kettering, best known for inventing the automobile self-starter, created the foundation in 1927. Gradually, the foundatio… read more »

The Philanthropic Enterprise

The Philanthropic Enterprise is a research and education institute that seeks to strengthen our understanding of the free society and how philanthropy and voluntary social cooperation promote human flourishing. Read more at … read more »

Themba Maka

Themba Maka is a writer for the website South Africa The Good News. http://www.sagoodnews.co.za/… read more »

Tim Dutton
Tim Dutton

Tim Dutton has been a leader in experimenting with ideas in how lasting change happens for more than three decades. With a master’s degree in social and applied economics, Tim spent the first twelve years of his career as a hospital administrator in Ohio and later in Haiti.  It was the… read more »

Tim Soerens
Tim Soerens

Tim Soerens is an author, speaker, social entrepreneur, and co-founding director of the Parish Collective. As co-director of the Parish Collective he convenes ministry leaders, teach, and consult with organizations seeking human flourishing in particular neighborhoods while also working coll… read more »

Tim Soerens and Kevin Jones

Tim Soerens and Kevin Jones are founders of the SOCAP (Social Capital Markets) Conference. SOCAP is a network of heart-centered investors, entrepreneurs, and social impact leaders who believe in an inclusive and social… read more »

Tim Vogt

Tim Vogt is Executive Director of Starfire, a Cincinnati, Ohio, organization which offers programs that address the needs of teens and adults with disabilities. Read … read more »

Tom Dewar
Tom Dewar

Tom Dewar is the co-director of the Aspen Institute’s Roundtable on Community Change. Prior to coming to the Roundtable, he lived in Bologna, Italy and taught at Johns Hopkins' School for Advanced … read more »

Tom Mosgaller
Tom Mosgaller

Tom Mosgaller, M.S., has over 25 years of experience in organizational and community development as a manager, teacher, and consultant to the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Tom’s passion lies in assisting communities, organizations, and individuals to come together to create great … read more »

Valisha Reber

Valisha Reber is a wife, mother, and assistant with the Communities First Association who aspires to be a great neighbor.  … read more »

W. Ellen Raboin
W. Ellen Raboin

W. Ellen Raboin, PhD, MSOD, MBA, is a health care researcher/consultant and principal at Care Quest Consulting in Danville, CA. Ellen's research and consulting concern collaborative ways of giving and receiving care, emphasizing the importance of contexts and social processes. Her research applie… read more »

Walter Brueggemann
Walter Brueggemann

Walter Brueggemann is one of the most influential Old Testament scholars of the last several decades, known throughout the world for his method of combining literary and sociological mo… read more »

William Sparks
William Sparks

William Sparks is a social innovator who designs and implements capacity building activities. He is currently Vice President at ACDI/VOCA (www.acdivoca.org), an international consulting firm that expands social and economic opportunities in over 40 of the le… read more »

Zoe Alowan
Zoe Alowan

 Zoe Alowan and Bill Kauthare active learners and teachers of the concepts and processes of Gift Community. Together they have delivered 45 Gift Community seminars around the world and co… read more »

Zoe S. Erler

Zoe S. Erler is the former director of communications at the Sagamore Institute in Indianapolis.… read more »