John McKnight

The Neighborhood as a Sacred Place

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BprBr1XVxE In his keynote talk for the Parish Collective’s Inhabit 2020 At Home Conference, John draws on insights from Walter Brueggemann and Dave Chapelle to explain how participants can turn their neighborhoods into sacred places. When John asked him what makes...

The Neighborhood Is the Center

About every six weeks for the last six years, John and Peter have hosted conversations with community-building social innovators as their guests. Their August 4, 2020 guest was DeAmon Harges, named by the Kettering Foundation as one of eight...

Becoming Trustworthy

We hear that Americans are polarized. Nationally, there is not of enough trust to bridge the national chasm. Yet in our small towns and neighborhoods, it is often difficult to find strong community wide divisive polarity. Instead there is...

Ownership in a Future That Works for All

John and Peter in Conversation with David Korten In partnership with the Common Good Collective ~ June 16, 2020 About every six weeks for the last six years, John and Peter have hosted conversations with community-building social innovators as their guests....

The Base of Powerful Movements

At this time when the American crisis has become nationally visible, a movement has emerged. Its manifestation is visible on streets across the country. Suddenly, the discussion is about the future. What are the right demands? How should they...

A Conversation with John McKnight, Founder of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute

In his teachings and writings, John McKnight, founder and co-director of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at DePaul University, has echoed Alexis de Tocqueville’s appreciation of the value of healthy civic associations. As coauthor of Building Communities from the...

The Power of Disability

John and Peter Conversation with Al Etmanski In partnership with the Common Good Collective ~ April 27, 2020 About every six weeks for the last six years, John and Peter have hosted conversations with community-building social innovators as their guests. For...

The Invisible Is Becoming Visible

At the start of any asset-based initiatives, the identification of local assets is the essential starting point. Nonetheless, in many neighborhoods, most of these local assets are not recognized. Even though they are present they are not visible. This...

Journalism with Community at the Center

John and Peter Conversation with Eve Pearlman In partnership with the Common Good Collective ~ March 3, 2020 About every six weeks for the last six years, John and Peter have hosted conversations with community-building social innovators as their guests. For...

A Prophetic Voice for Economic and Social Justice

John and Peter Conversation with Damon Lynch III In partnership with Common Good Collective ~ February 5, 2020 About every six weeks for the last six years, John and Peter have hosted conversations with community-building social innovators as their guests. Their...

The Futility of Reform: Departure for Another Way

The Futility of Reform: Departure for Another Way Conversation with John and Peter ~ November 19, 2019 Dr. Jerome (Jerry) Miller was appointed director of the juvenile correctional system in the state of Massachusetts in the 1970s. After attempting to reform...

Closing Counterproductive Institutions

In the early 1970’s, Dr. Jerome Miller was appointed Director of the juvenile correctional system in the state of Massachusetts. After attempting to reform the system, he decided that it was so institutionally counter-productive that he would close down...

Intentional Neighborhoods in Co-Housing

Intentional Neighborhoods in Co-Housing Conversation with Sarah Arthurs ~ September 24, 2019 About every six weeks for the last five years, John and Peter have hosted online / dial-up conversations with community-building social innovators as their guests. For their September 24,...

Re-­functioning: A New Community Development Strategy for the Future

Jamie Vollmer has written a landmark book titled Schools Cannot Do It Alone (Enlightenment Press, 2010). In his book, he has documented the following new functions that have been undertaken by public schools since 1900: From 1900 to 1910, we...

Reimagining Community: Conversation with Mike Butler

An Invitation to Belonging Conversation with Mike Butler ~ August 6, 2019 About every six weeks for the last five years, John and Peter have hosted online / dial-up conversations with community-building social innovators as their guests. For their August 6,...

Finding Abundant Communities in Unexpected Places

Finding Abundant Communities in Unexpected Places Conversation with Mike Mather ~ June 18, 2019 About every six weeks for the last five years, John and Peter have hosted online / dial-up conversations with community-building social innovators as their guests. For their...

Building Wealth for All through Dividend Housing

Building Wealth for All through Dividend Housing Conversation with Margery Spinney ~ May 2, 2019 About every six weeks for the last five years, John and Peter have hosted online / dial-up conversations with community-building social innovators as their guests. For...

Reimagining Community: Conversation with Jonathan Massimi

Making Meaningful Connections Conversation with Jonathan Massimi ~ March 12, 2019 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 March 12, 2019 dialog...

A Guide for Government Officials Seeking to Promote Productive Citizen Participation

Some years ago I attended the annual Canadian Conference of Community Development Organizations. Several hundred groups were attending. The convener of the conference told me that the best community “developer” in all of Canada was at the conference. He...

Reimagining Community: Conversation with Gary Ivory

Reconnecting Juvenile Offenders and Their Communities Conversation with Gary Ivory ~ January 16, 2019 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 January...

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The Neighborhood as a Sacred Place

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BprBr1XVxE In his keynote talk for the Parish Collective’s Inhabit 2020 At Home Conference, John draws on insights from Walter...

When Renters Can Earn Equity

Writing in Backyard, a newsletter exploring scalable solutions to make housing fairer, more affordable and more environmentally sustainable, Emily Nonko puts Cincinnati's Margie Spinney...

The Six Conversations

One. The Proposition https://youtu.be/gIj4o0ygwKk Two. The Possibility https://youtu.be/8OrOKhte7TI Three. The Promise https://youtu.be/SNn2uqyuZPU Four. The Point https://youtu.be/9rpDrJGPuW8 Copyright © 2020 Peter Block. All rights reserved. Re-posted by permission. Produced for designedlearning.com and peterblock.com by Panoptic Media, Jim Prues, Creative...

Coming to the Stage

Indianapolis poet and performer Januarie York read Coming to the Stage to open and close John and Peter's August 4 Conversation with DeAmon Harges....

The Neighborhood Is the Center

About every six weeks for the last six years, John and Peter have hosted conversations with community-building social innovators as their guests. Their August...