Author Biographies :: Leslie Stephen

Leslie Stephen

Leslie Stephen is the editor of The Abundant Community book and website.

Articles by this Author…

A Happy Place to Shop

Posted on February 14, 2017 in Stories

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.… read more »

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

Posted on October 28, 2015 in Stories

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.… read more »

Big Dreams, Big Progress

Posted on January 5, 2015 in Stories

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.… read more »

Bikers against Child Abuse

Posted on August 18, 2014 in Stories

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.… read more »

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunts –– and More –– at the Sarasota Community Studio

Posted on July 16, 2013 in Stories

Summertime is the season for what the Central-Cocoanut neighborhood of Sarasota, Florida, calls “scavenger hunting.” Other people might call it “asset-mapping,” but that wouldn’t nearly capture how fun and fulfilling it is for the neighborkids to explore their neighborhood, write up stories of their adventures and share them with the community.… read more »

When Helping Doesn't Help

Posted on October 12, 2012 in Stories

Maurice Lim Miller's Family Independence Initiative doesn't "help" families; it trusts them to be resourceful, recognize their strengths and "lead their own change."… read more »