A Place at the Table (audio)

John and Peter talk with their special guest Edd Conboy, Director of Social Services and the Counseling Center at Broad Street Ministry and Senior Staff Therapist at the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia, 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.

When Edd took over orchestrating the Breaking Bread meals at Broad Street Ministry, he wanted to counteract the constant messages about being deficient that receivers of service encountered every day. Like having to stand in line for food, or this service or that program. He realized that waiting is one of the most powerful reinforcers of the class system. 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. So Edd did something about that.

Running time (with Q&A) 00:51:25

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About the Lead Author

John McKnight
John McKnight
John McKnight is emeritus professor of education and social policy and codirector of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at DePaul 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 and serves on the boards of several national organizations that support neighborhood development.

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