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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The Civic Legacy of Saul Alinsky

In 1946, Saul Alinsky published Reveille for Radicals. It described the methods he used to create a neighborhood organization that gave a powerful new public voice to the exploited residents in a Chicago neighborhood. His methods quickly spread to many...

Another Other Kingdom

Conversation with Walter Brueggemann ~ October 2, 2018 About every six weeks for the last five years, John and Peter have hosted online / dial-up conversations with community-building pioneers as their guests. For their October 2, 2018 dialog they invited...

The Four Essential Elements of an Asset-Based Community Development Process

Click here to download the full paper The primary goal of an Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) process is to enhance collective citizen visioning and production. This paper discusses each of four essential elements in detail in an effort to answer...

Money and the Civic Impulse

When you enter the storefront office of a neighborhood organization in Montreal, the first thing you see is a large sign: MONEY Do we really need it? Do we have it here? What can we trade for it? Must we beg for it? The Chairperson...

The Church in Action: Faith and Church with No Bricks and Mortar

Conversation with Father Joe Kovitch Download or listen to John and Peter's June 26, 2018 conversation with Father Joe Kovitch, pastor of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Westerville, Ohio. Father Joe had just been appointed to serve at St. Matthew's when the...

Restorative Practices: A Toolbox for Turbulent Times

Conversation with Thom Allena About every six weeks for the last five years, John and Peter have hosted online / dial-up conversations with community-building pioneers as their guests. For their May 8, 2018 dialog they invited Thom Allena to talk...

Associating Associations: The Power of Convening

Because most associations are affinity groups of like-­‐minded people, the potential for dialogue about issues is small. The focus of most associational discourse is about how to manifest their like-­‐mindedness. There is, however, a context in which associations engage...

Institutional Precipitation

It’s my understanding that, in chemistry, a precipitant is a reagent that produces a reaction of which it is not a part. It is analogous to one form of institutional action in relationship to a local neighborhood. Most neighborhood-focused institutional...

Organizing the Unorganizables

Conversation with Ann Livingston About every six weeks for the last five years, John and Peter have hosted online / dial-up conversations with community-building pioneers as their guests. On March 27, 2018, they talked with Ann Livingston about her pioneering work...

How to Connect Neighborhood Churches to Your Local Community

About every six weeks for the last five years, John and Peter have hosted online / dial-up conversations with community-building pioneers as their guests. For their February 20, 2018 dialog they invited Paul Sparks, a leading voice in the growing...