John reminds us that progress is not all that it seems.
Running time 1:41
John explains the full meaning of what it means to be a hospitable neighborhood and how our lives are enriched by welcoming people we don't know into our community.
Running time 1:26 | Home page image: Ramashng
John reminds us that what we are looking for is already there . . . if we can see it.
Running time: 2:27 | Home page image "Can of Worms": *sean
Peter explores with Peter Pula of Axiom News how Axiom is remaking journalism by looking for stories that have the capacity to give the community life.
Running time: 6:05 | Home page image: Nadia Minic
Peter interviews Peter Pula, CEO of Axiom News, on how generative journalism differs from mainstream media in framing questions, making space for silence and restoring storytelling to the craft.
Running time: 5:23
John and Peter reflect on how all the talk that government is the problem actually deflects our attention from the privatization that now runs our culture.
Running time 2:56 | Home page image: Unhindered by Talent
John talks about how communities get built by seeing that the principal resource people have for the task is their gifts, skills, talents, capacities.
Running time: 3:59 | Home page photo: Ken's Oven
John debunks the illusion of institutional care. Institutional systems can command many behaviors but they cannot command care. Care is the commitment of one person to another, from the heart. It is the domain of people who come together in community.
Running time: 4:38 | Home page photo: The Italian Voice
How the Westside Health Authority started with neighbors asking a simple question: What can WE do about our health, and do it our way?
Running time: 2:33 | Home page photo: Westside Health Authority
John tells the story of what he learned traveling across Canada with Pat Worth, the founder of People First.
Running time: 2:35 | Home page photo: Michael Stout
John reflects on how we are misled by the “institutional assumption” in our thinking about change — for example, thinking in terms of medical care, clinics, insurance, outreach instead of health — and what happens when we instead see community life as the source of the outcome we seek.
Running time: 2:53 | Home page photo: Ernest Vikne
In a very real sense, the kids in our juvenile corrections institutions today are our children. Until we take responsibility for the children we exile to juvenile corrections, we remain unproductive communities. A real community is one where we see that young people we have exiled have all kinds of gifts and we organize ourselves to show our belief in that fact.
Running time: 2:08 | Home page photo: Cuito Canavale
Who did it? Are they like me? John tells why these questions home in on reasons why learning from other neighborhoods is more effective in community building than professional intervention.
Running time: 2:27 | Home page photo: Tonpp1
There's more to your local book club, dog club or poker club than books, dogs or cards. Peter reminds us of the power such associations can bring into neighborhood life. All we have to do is ask.
Running time 1:03 | Home page photo: Schani
John tells of wonderful possibilities like community ovens when neighbors decide for themselves how to use public lands.
Running time: 2:56 | Home page photo: Friends of Dufferin Park
Jon Snow’s interview with Edgar on the U.K.’s Community Channel is a great introduction to Edgar Cahn and his work, especially what time banking is and how time banks work.
Running time 6:14
Peter explains that the more we know and care about the place where we are, the more likely we are to do the functions that neighborhoods are meant to do.
Running time 1:15 | Home page photo: See-ming Lee
So many community meetings are often a time of blaming and finger-pointing — a way for citizens to cop out. John asks in this short clip, What would you do differently?
Running time: 2:00 | Home page photo: Jennifer Kumar
Videos of John, Peter and Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann in action at the 2011 Willson Lectures at Trinity University, San Antonio, explore themes of power and patriarchy; human fallibility and gifts; and accumulation and abundance in building and sustaining community.
John explores the differences between “care” and “service” in this segment from his video interview with The Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and explains why systems cannot provide care.
A great introduction to the concepts and techniques of asset based community development. In this four-part video, filmed at Manchester Community College, John explains the five basic ABCD building blocks, how to do neighborhood asset mapping, and other principles and practices that set ABCD apart from traditional needs-based community development approaches.
Running times: Part One 20:48 | Part Two 21:01 | Part Three 20:25 | Part Four 8:02
John tells the story of a neighbor who had been told that her four-year-old who already knew how to read would have to be “broken of that” when she entered kindergarten as an example of how institutions and professionals whose own ideas of “how you do things right” intrudes on the natural, necessary functions of families and neighbors to be important teachers of their own children.
Running time: 3:43 | Home page photo: San Jose, CA Library
John was invited to a potlatch with four bands of the Kawkiutl people in British Columbia. In his video, he tells of their unique way of resolving disputes by giving gifts to one another.
That night, he learned something even more surprising: How "helpers" helped to kill the tribe's culture.
Running time: 6:22
A few short definitions
Running time: 0:47
John's story of his work with the Kellogg Foundation brings to life the power of Association in building community and shows why freedom of association is so vital to democracy.
Running time: 3:29
Peter explores a way of thinking about our places (workplaces, neighborhoods, towns) that creates an opening for authentic communities to exist and what we can do to make that happen.
Seminar at The New School for Management and Urban Policy, New York, October 11, 2010. Running time: 1:24:51