Author Bios

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John McKnight is emeritus professor of education and social policy and codirector of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at DePaul…
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In addition to The Abundant Community, co-authored with John McKnight, Peter Block is the author of Flawless Consulting, Community, Stewardship…
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Al Etmanski is a community organizer, social entrepreneur and author. (www.aletmanski.com) (@aletmanski ) His latest books are Impact: Six Patterns…
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Cormac Russell is Managing Director of Nurture Development, Director of ABCD Europe and a faculty member of the Asset Based Community…
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Sarah Arthurs worked as a therapist, college instructor, parent educator, community developer, generative journalist, and pastor, and she is taking…
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April Doner lives and works as a Roving Illustrator, telling stories of community thriving, abundance, and people-powered change through writing,…
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For fifteen years, Michelle Strutzenberger worked as a Generative Journalist and Newsroom Chair with Axiom News. While working full time,…
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Participatory democracy has been Jim Diers’ preoccupation and his career for the past 36 years. In his work with grassroots…
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Laura Fulton is an educator who is passionate about communities in all forms. She has lived, worked and volunteered on…
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Leslie Stephen is the editor of The Abundant Community book and website.
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Sarah van Gelder is a founder of a new nonprofit start-up, PeoplesHub, which will be offering online training to local groups around…
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Valisha Reber is a wife, mother, and assistant with the Communities First Association who aspires to be a great neighbor.
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From Shawn's first blog: Recently, I created an opportunity to make a difference in my community. I ran for city…
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Mike Mather is the pastor at Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. It is his second tenure at Broadway. He…
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Ron Dwyer-Voss is the owner and founder Pacific Community Solutions, Inc., a training, consulting and technical assistance company focused on…
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Walter Brueggemann is one of the most influential Old Testament scholars of the last several decades, known throughout the world…
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Jeffrey Bordelon is a founder and director of PlacerSustain, a nonprofit organization in Placer County, CA dedicated to "connecting people…
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Rich Harwood is a leading authority on improving America’s communities, raising standards of political conduct and re-engaging citizens on complex…
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Robert Thompson and co-host Mike Neiss host the Leadership for the Common Good series on blogtalkradio highlighting real leaders demonstrating…
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Howard Lawrence is an ordained minister, neighborhood consultant, active volunteer with Edmonton’s Highlands Community leadership and is currrently spearheading Edmonton,…
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Edgar Cahn is a longstanding social activist, the originator of Time Dollars, the creator of the Co-Production principle, the founder…
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David Mathews was elected to the Kettering Foundation’s board of trustees in 1972 and became its president and CEO in…
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Thom Allena is a community and organizational psychologist who for nearly thirty-five years, has worked in the fields of community…
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Bruce Anderson is a nationally recognized speaker, community activist and leadership coach.  Equally at home in remote villages and urban…
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“It’s easy for some people to say what they do,” says Ferrell Foster, “but my place in this world is…
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Ann Livingston is a pioneer in the movement for harm-reduction and affordable housing for people who use illegal drugs. In…
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In his own words: I have a passion for connecting and resourcing those who desire to build healthy and vibrant…
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Prucia Buscell is the communications director and staff writer for the Plexus Institute. She is the editor of the Institute's…
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Adam Clark is a leading voice in reimagining all the issues facing urban America. Associate Professor of Theology at Xavier…
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Daniel Hughes is an aspiring poet who read three of his poems to open and close John and Peter’s recent…
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John L. McKnight was raised a traveling Ohioan, having lived in seven neighborhoods and small towns in the eighteen years before…
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Jill J. Jensen is the founder of an independent agency specializing in communication strategy, writing / editorial services, and production…
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Michelle Long is the executive director of BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies). Founded in 2001, BALLE is amplifying…
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Duane Elgin is an internationally recognized author, speaker, and trans-partisan media activist. He is the director of the Great Transition Stories project…
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Edd Conboy is Director of Social Services and the Counseling Center at Broad Street Ministry and Senior Staff Therapist at…
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Mike Butler is Public Safety Chief for the City of Longmont, Colorado, where he oversees the work of the Fire,…
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The Kettering Foundation is a nonprofit operating foundation rooted in the American tradition of cooperative research. Charles F. Kettering, best…
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World-renowned writer, speaker and activist, Parker J. Palmer is the founder and senior partner of the Center for Courage &…
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Jimmy Toyama is a retired public servant who writes a monthly column for “The Paradise Post,” a monthly reader published…
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Peter Koestenbaum, author, consultant and executive coach, has been called the most important philosopher of our time. After a thirty-four…
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Heather is part of Tamarack Institute's Vibrant Communities team as the Manager of Cities, Cities Deepening Community. Before this position…
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Mark Anielski is a pioneering and spiritual economist who is changing the nature of his discipline. He measures the well-being…
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Peter Pula is founder and CEO of Axiom News, the originator of Generative Journalism. As a new economy business located…
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Ray Thompson has worked in a range of professional capacities for respected Chicago area social service agencies and educational institutions…
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Jeff Yost joined Nebraska Community Foundation as Vice President in 1998 and was appointed president and CEO in 2003. Under…
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Faith & Leadership is a learning resource for Christian leaders and their institutions from Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
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Joe works in the disabilities world for a large county board. Within this system he has created a small team…
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Father Joseph G. Kovitch is pastor of St. Matthews Episcopal Community in Westerville, Ohio. In his words: I love the…
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Paul Born is the award-winning president and co-founder of Tamarack: An Institute for Community Engagement, which advances place-based solutions to…
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Philip Booth is a You’re Welcome Guide with the Barnwood Trust in Gloucestershire, England, where he helps people to imagine…
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The Nebraska Community Foundation provides communities with assistance and technical expertise to maximize the effectiveness of community philanthropy and educates…
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Jennifer Neutel is a journalist and the website curator for Restore Commons. She lives in a small town on Lake…
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Louise van Rhyn is an organization change practitioner with a focus on large scale change in complex social systems. She…
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Zoe S. Erler is the former director of communications at the Sagamore Institute in Indianapolis.
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Daniel Grego is Executive Director of Milwaukee's TransCenter for Youth. He began working for TransCenter for Youth in 1980, first…
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Jennifer Sommerness is an educational consultant, teacher and advocate with a background in inclusive education, educational administration and staff development.…
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Meredith McNair hails from Cincinnati, Ohio and was an intern with abundantcommunity.com in the summer of 2011. She is now…
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Gerard Ee spearheads Singapore's Beyond Social Services, an organisation that rallies and activates service-users, their support networks and the community…
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Jan Bennett, Digital Content Editor and Social Media Coordinator at State of the Re-Union, spent many years collecting vocational talents…
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Bill is a community psychologist who has been writing about, teaching about, creating, and directing neighborhood and community service programs…
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Margery Spinney has inspired hundreds of housing residents to participate and achieve success using community-based management principles and practices she…
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Rachel Brnjas is a Community Animator, Seeking Community, working with the Tamarack Institute.
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Paula Ellis, a former foundation executive, senior media executive and journalist, has long been a leader in journalism innovation, transformative…
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Shannan Stoll is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to YES! magazine.
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Judith Snow, MA, was a social inventor and an advocate for Inclusion — communities that welcome the participation of a…
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Robert H. Thompson is a sought-after speaker, executive coach, journalist and thought leader in his field. Founder of Applied Performance,…
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Birju Pandya is East Coast Coordinator for ServiceSpace and a frequent contributor to its websites.  A quote Birju lives by: "We can do…
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Ed Everett is the former city manager of Redwood, CA and now serves as city strategist for Nextdoor, the free…
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Maria Popova is the founder and editor of Brain Pickings, "a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, culling and curating cross-disciplinary…
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Since 1991, Peggy Holman has supported organizations and communities to uncover creative responses to complex challenges by using innovative engagement…
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Shannon Hayes is a frequent contributor to YES! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas with practical actions.…
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For over a decade, Januarie York has been carving her own lane in poetry, writing and performance art. Januarie is…
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Clare Goff is deputy editor of NewStart, a UK monthly magazine about how to make the places we live in…
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Jennifer “Helms” Jarrell and her husband, Greg Jarrell, are co-pastors of the SouthPark Christian Church in Charlotte, NC. Both graduates…
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Julie Cunningham is the editor of the website South Africa The Good News. http://www.sagoodnews.co.za/
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Mikala Woodward of Seattle was one of the first to send us a story of community abundance.
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Raechel Dawson is a reporter for the Kirkland (WA) Reporter.
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The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation partners with resident teams in an underinvested community called the Diamond Neighborhoods in southeastern…
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Amy Dean is a fellow of The Century Foundation and principal of ABD Ventures, LLC, a consulting firm that works…
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David Cayley is a Toronto-based Canadian writer and broadcaster. For more than thirty years he made radio documentaries for CBC Radio One's program Ideas which he is now…
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Jason Roberts is a small business owner, community leader, and founder of The Better Block Project, a national movement that…
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The Pariish Collective is at the center of the growing parish movement that is refounding the local church in the…
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Bob Stilger, Ph.D. is a conversation host, teacher, speaker, consultant, facilitator and coach who has spent 35 years building strong…
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Jim Welling is a lifelong resident of northern Indiana. Most of his professional life has been lived as an educator—teacher,…
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Marjorie Kelly is a fellow with the Tellus Institute and holds a dual appointment as director of ownership strategy with…
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Emily Nonko is a Brooklyn, New York-based reporter who writes about real estate, architecture, urbanism and design. Her work has…
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Laverne Booth is an independent civic and social organization professional in British Columbia, Canada.
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The Communities First Association is part of a national movement created to bring about holistic transformation at the grass-roots level.…
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Julie Jung is Director of Communications, the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.
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Randall Reid is County Manager of Alachua County, Florida. He is active in a number of professional associations including the…
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Dr. David C. Korten is the founder and president of the Living Economies Forum; co-founder, board member, and board chair…
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Jay Walljasper, Senior Fellow at On the Commons and editor of OnTheCommons.org, created OTC’s book All That We Share: A Field…
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Leslie Osborn an independent consultant who works with leaders committed to making critical changes in their organizations. Her consulting practice…
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For the past 40 years I’ve consulted and coached leaders from the factory floor to the boardroom in some of…
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Bob van Meter has served as executive director of Boston LISC since March 2008. Previously, he was the executive director…
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Mark Andrew Boyer is a photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born in Buffalo, NY, he…
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Shira Golding is co-founder Share Tompkins, which helps people share and trade goods and services in Ithaca and Tompkins County,…
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Damon Lynch, III is a lifetime resident of the city of Cincinnati, Ohio. He was educated in the Cincinnati Public…
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Ian Macdonald is the former editor of the website South Africa The Good News. http://www.sagoodnews.co.za/
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After 25 years as an architect, Randy Ripley, AIA, decided five years ago to take his career in a new…
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Anne Stadler is an independent consultant, an Associate of the Sunyata Group, which offers consultancy services and projects that support…
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Jeannie Masterson, CSJ is a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph in Cincinnati and serves on its leadership team.
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Patrice Gaines is an author and motivational speaker, co-founder of the Brown Angel Center, and a former Washington Post reporter. Her books include Moments of…
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Brenton Crozier is multimedia producer, wordsmith and "music man" for State of the Re-Union. He started as a print journalism…
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Joan Horwitt is the founder of LAWNS 2 LETTUCE 4 LUNCH® and chairs a leadership team of local residents. A…
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Dan Duncan is a consultant and faculty member of the Asset Based Community Development Institute, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. His…
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A zealous advocate for a new paradigm of law practice, J. Kim Wright wears a lot of hats, among them:…
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Katherine Gustafson is a freelance writer and editor based in the Washington, DC area. Her first book, Change Comes to…
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Mike McGrath is senior editor and chief information officer for the National Civic League. A former newspaper reporter and magazine…
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DeAmon Harges is one of eight most influential neighborhood organizers on the ground, says the Kettering Foundation. The original “Roving…
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Lisa Bailey came to Axiom News with reporting and editing experience at newspapers across southern Ontario. She describes Axiom as…
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Ross Chapin, FAIA, is an architect based on Whidbey Island, WA and author of Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small Scale Community in…
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 Zoe Alowan and Bill Kauthare active learners and teachers of the concepts and processes of Gift Community. Together they have delivered…
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Journalist Brooke Jarvis has written for Yes! magazine, The California Sunday Magazine, National Geographic, Pacific Standard Magazine, Audubon Magazine, Bloomberg…
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Mary Nelson was for 27 years the founding President and CEO of Bethel New Life, a faith-based community development corporation focused…
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Philabundance is the Philadelphia region’s largest hunger relief organization, providing emergency food and access to services to three quarters of…
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Dan Joyner is a management consultant and facilitator based in the Cincinnati area. His expertise is in the criminal justice…
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Doc Klein was an Outward Bound instructor and facilitator for close to thirty years before starting the consulting firm Uncharted…
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Nancy Sleeth is the author of Almost Amish: One Woman's Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life and co-founder…
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Dean Paton is executive editor of YES! magazine.
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Lisa Gale Hadden is Executive Director of a Michigan Area Health Education Center, housed within the College of Medicine at…
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John McClaughry is currently Vice President of <a href="http://www.ethanallen.org/index.html"The Ethan Allen Institute, Vermont's free-market public policy research and education organization,…
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Matt DeLucia is a reporter for NBC10 in Philadelphia.
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Based in the Pacific Northwest, Steve Byers consults with leadership teams, organizations and other communities seeking to establish or renew…
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A veteran journalist, Eve is co-founder and CEO of Spaceship Media, which uses journalism to build community as an alternative to…
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Dana Drugmand is an editorial intern at YES! magazine.
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Rex Lai, MSOD, is an organization/community development consultant working in management and training capacities in the private, public, and not-for-profit…
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Tim Dutton has been a leader in experimenting with ideas in how lasting change happens for more than three decades.…
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Ben Wolfe is a Generative Journalist with Axiom News. He has 25 years of experience in writing, editing, design and…
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Deb Wisniewski is a consultant and a trainer, working closely with individuals, organizations and systems that want to change how…
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Paul Signorelli is a San Francisco-based writer, trainer, presenter, social media strategist, learning advocate, and consultant with more than 20…
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Gary Ivory currently serves as Senior Executive Officer and National Director of Program Development and oversees the Endowment Fund of…
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Bill Kauth and Zoe Alowan are active learners and teachers of the concepts and processes of Gift Community. Together they…
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Fred Neurohr is a research consultant and a community leader, who resides in the Northside neighborhood of Cincinnati with his…
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After completing a bachelor’s degree in studio art and having no idea what to do next, Melissa decided the only…
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Steve Rock is an environmentalist and volunteer garden builder in Cincinnati's Madisonville neighborhood.
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Abby Quillen wrote this article for The Human Cost of Stuff, the Fall 2013 issue of YES! Magazine. Abby is a…
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Born and raised in Hawaii, James spent seven years on the mainland and moved home to be closer to family…
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Kim Hopes is the Program Coordinator at the Asset Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University.
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From its home base, research and training center, in North Central West Virginia, New Vision Renewable Energy connects citizens, businesses…
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Deborah Puntenney, PhD, recently retired from her position of research associate professor in the School of Education and Social Policy…
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Lynne Wise is the communications director of the Economics of Compassion Initiative of Greater Cincinnati and editor of its monthly…
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Paul Sparks is a leading voice in the growing Parish Movement. His place-based experience and trusted friendships in cities across North…
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Cat Johnson is a freelance writer focused on community, the commons, sharing, collaboration and music. Publications include Utne Reader, GOOD,…
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Gary Robbins is a member of Cincinnati Civic Engagement Works, a community of practice that hosts regular gatherings to learn,…
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John Kelly is editor-in-chief of The Chronicle of Social Change https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/
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Steve Schmidt writes about East San Diego County (CA) and is a longtime resident of the region. In his 25-plus…
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Jamie Vollmer is an award-winning champion of public education, and the author of the highly acclaimed book Schools Cannot Do…
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Kim Eckart is a Seattle-based writer and associate editor at YES! magazine.
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Nextdoor is the free and private social network currently being used in more than 30,000 neighborhoods nationwide to build stronger…
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Rishi O does short films using video and photography. His inspiration comes from the beauty of things "imperfect" and "ordinary."…
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Benedict Carey is a science reporter for The New York Times.
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Jeremy Adam Smith is the editor of Shareable.net, author of The Daddy Shift, and co-editor of two new science anthologies, Are We Born…
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Margaret Rahn is a long time fan of Peter Block’s six conversations and is intrigued by the creative potential of…
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Paul Uhlig, MD, MPA, a cardiothoracic surgeon, is associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita and Executive…
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Seth Resler is with Linkage, a global organizational development company that specializes in leadership development.
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Cathy Park is an author, facilitator and entrepreneur, helping people create lives that are passionate, productive and profitable. She is…
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Puanani Burgess is a community building facilitator, trainer and consultant in Hawai'i, the US and the Pacific. She is also…
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Susan Doherty works with the Plexus Institute assisting with day-to-day management as well as maintaining blogs and other social media…
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Rob Hopkins is an independent activist and writer on environmental issues, based in Totnes, England. He is best known as…
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Tim Vogt is Executive Director of Starfire, a Cincinnati, Ohio, organization which offers programs that address the needs of teens…
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Doyle Canning is a strategist, trainer and organizer with a deep commitment to building 21st century social movements for ecological…
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Shankar Vedantam is a science correspondent for NPR. The focus of his reporting is on human behavior and the social…
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Timothy M. Schlak is Dean, University Library, Robert Morris University, and President, Board of Directors, Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc.…
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Associate Professor Rita Agdal is head of the Master Programme in Community Work at the Western Norway University of Applied…
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Hannah Brencher is the 24-year-old founder of The World Needs More Love Letters, a global love letter writing organization that…
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Co-founder of the World Café and co-author of the award-winning World Café book, Juanita is a thinking partner for senior…
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Susan Fleetwood is OD director at Microsoft Corporation. She is a member of the Alumni Council for the MSOD program…
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Alan Roxburgh is a pastor, teacher, writer and consultant with more than 30 years experience in church leadership, consulting and…
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Dave Soleil is a leadership education consultant specializing in the philosophy and methodology of Nonviolence. Dave has eighteen years of…
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Jan Hively is co-founder of the Pass It On Network and serves as the group’s International Consultant and Country Liaison…
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Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., is the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude. He is a professor of psychology at the…
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Margot Adler is a National Public Radio correspondent based in NPR's New York Bureau.
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Diana Mendez is the Communications Manager at Allies in Caring, a non-profit organization in Hammonton, NJ, dedicated to helping Latino…
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Rachel Oscar is Grassroots Grantmakers’ first AmeriCorps VISTA Member. She comes to Grassroots Grantmakers from Kenyon College in Gambier, OH…
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Dr. Allison Pinto is a licensed clinical child psychologist with a specialization in infant mental health and Co-Executive Director of…
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From David Bollier's website: I am an author, activist, blogger and consultant who spends a lot of time exploring the…
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Janis Foster Richardson is Executive Director of Grassroots Grantmakers. Janis came to Grassroots Grantmakers with experience as a neighborhood leader,…
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Laura Benshoff is an education reporter with WHYY. Originally from Raleigh, N.C., Laura hasn't had a southern accent in years.…
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Nipun Mehta is the founder of ServiceSpace (formerly CharityFocus), an incubator of projects that works at the intersection of volunteerism, technology…
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Anne Harvey is the Community Recreation Coordinator, City of Edmonton's City Services Department. She and Howard Lawrence have been instrumental…
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W. Ellen Raboin, PhD, MSOD, MBA, is a health care researcher/consultant and principal at Care Quest Consulting in Danville, CA.…
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Eric Zimmer is host and producer of The One You Feed, named an iTunes Best of 2014 podcast and called…
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atrick Reinsborough has been involved in campaigns for peace, the environment, and social justice for over twenty years. He co-founded…
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Ashley Cooper facilitates opportunities for people to have meaningful connections with themselves, each other, their purpose, their environment and the…
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Ruston Seaman, president and CEO of New Vision Renewable Energy, has dedicated his adult life to ministry and community development…
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William Sparks is a social innovator who designs and implements capacity building activities. Currently working on poverty reduction projects in…
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Tim Soerens and Kevin Jones are founders of the SOCAP (Social Capital Markets) Conference. SOCAP is a network of heart-centered…
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Debra Jakubec is Team Lead - Abundant Community Edmonton. She was born in Edmonton and is passionate about community building…
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Michael Peck is the founder of the MAPA Group, an international strategic and tactical business development firm that for more…
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Kristen Barker is the president and co-founder of the Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative (CUCI). Using a model passed on from…
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Nicole Cashin is the Coordinator of Citizens Advocacy Athens-Clarke, Georgia. A native Georgian who graduated from the University of Georgia…
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“If you want to become involved in civic service, my advice is to just get involved," says Paula Boggs Muething,…
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Charles Holmes is a master convener, gifted facilitator, skilled educator and empathetic coach. Described by Jim Collins, author of Good…
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Nicole Farkouh is the founder and creator of CultureWonk and the Visionary Leaders Summit. In her words:  I work with clients to crystallize…
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Tom Dewar is the co-director of the Aspen Institute’s Roundtable on Community Change. Prior to coming to the Roundtable, he lived…
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Inger Helen Midtgard is Assistant Professor in the Master Programme in Community Work at the Western Norway University of Applied…
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As an Asian-American with 25 years in Corporate America AND a spiritual explorer, CJ Liu is a bridge between science…
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The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change distills lessons about how to revitalize distressed communities, and helps policymakers, funders, and…
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Tom Mosgaller, M.S., has over 25 years of experience in organizational and community development as a manager, teacher, and consultant…
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