In Kitchener, Ontario, community reinventor Jonathan Massimi once led a discussion group with city staff, eight community connectors and a neighborhood association to explore the ideas from John and Peter's book The Abundant Community.
That initiative grew into an eight-week...
We asked: What are you reading now that relates to your community work? What writings would you recommend to others involved in efforts like your own? What resources (books, articles, websites, people) have influenced your thinking and work?
Follow-up recommendations from Ross Chapin’s June 5 conversation with John and Peter “Making Space for Community.”
Recommendations from John, Peter and Ross
Great tools at pocket-neighborhoods.net/resources
Ross Chapin video interview by Craig Weiner.
Robert J. Sampson. Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood...
These links are roughly in the order of subjects mentioned in John and Peter's August 28 conversation with Al Etmanski.
www.projectfriendship.com for information on the Project Friendship Society in Canada that John mentioned in his introduction. The organization connects people isolated...
Reading and Websites Recommended
Follow-up recommendations from Tom Dewar's April 16 conversation with Peter "Measuring and Evaluating Community Initiatives."
See especially a “short course on grassroots grantmaking.”
Center for Neighborhood Technology
Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change
You can order a copy of...
No More Throw-Away People: The Co-Production Imperative (2d ed)
Washington, DC: Essential Books, 2004
No Contest: The Case Against Competition (2d rev ed)
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1992
Fallibility: The Value of Imperfection (John McKnight/Peter Block)
The Gift of Fallibility - Conversing with...
Definition: Alternative currency
Video: Alternative Currencies: A True Story
Groups and websites
(asset-based community development, transition initiatives, etc.)
The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth
Gabriola Island, BC, Canada: New Society Publishers, 2007
The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience
Exemplary Materials for Designing a Community Building Initiative in a Neighborhood (Evanston, IL: Asset Based Community Development Institute, 2011)
Materials developed cooperatively by The Woodlawn Organization, a Chicago neighborhood organization, and the Asset Based Community Development Institute of Northwestern...
Recommendations from the founder of The Ethan Allen Institute, Vermont's free-market public policy research and education organization; widely published commentator on Vermont issues; co-author of The Vermont Papers and editor of the Institute’s monthly Ethan Allen Letter.
When I asked John what he would recommend to read, he gave me the six titles in this list. These books all hail from the 1970s — a period in which social institutions in the U.S. were very much under fire. ...