Recommended Reading

Abundant Community Book Study Guide

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...

From Our Neighbors and Friends

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? Here's what...

From the Conversation on “Making Space for Community” with Ross Chapin – June 5, 2013

Follow-up recommendations from Ross Chapin’s June 5 conversation with John and Peter “Making Space for Community.” Recommendations from John, Peter and Ross http://rosschapin.com http://www.pocket-neighborhoods.net/ Great tools at pocket-neighborhoods.net/resources www.sacredplaces.org www.nextdoor.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvkF2r1V_mo Ross Chapin video interview by Craig Weiner. Robert J. Sampson. Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood...

From the “Conversation on Social Innovation” with Al Etmanski–August 28, 2012

Links/Resources Recommended 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...

From the Conversation on “Measuring and Evaluating Community Initiatives” with Tom Dewar – April 16, 2013

Reading and Websites Recommended Follow-up recommendations from Tom Dewar's April 16 conversation with Peter "Measuring and Evaluating Community Initiatives." Grassroots Grantmakers http://www.grassrootsgrantmakers.org/category/small-grants/publications/ See especially a “short course on grassroots grantmaking.” Center for Neighborhood Technology http://www.cnt.org Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change http://www.aspeninstitute.org/policy-work/community-change/publications-1 You can order a copy of...

From the “Conversation on Fallibility” – February 7, 2012

Books Edgar Cahn No More Throw-Away People: The Co-Production Imperative (2d ed) Washington, DC: Essential Books, 2004 Alfie Kohn No Contest: The Case Against Competition (2d rev ed) Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1992   Going Further Fallibility: The Value of Imperfection (John McKnight/Peter Block) The Gift of Fallibility - Conversing with...

From the “Conversation with John and Peter: Occupy Wall Street–An Opening for Abundance” October 18, 2011

Links Alternative currency Definition: Alternative currency Video: Alternative Currencies: A True Story Groups and websites (asset-based community development, transition initiatives, etc.) www.ABCDinAction.ning.com www.abcdinstitute.org http://www.communitysolution.org/ http://www.powerofcommunity.org/ http://transitionus.org/ http://www.transitionnetwork.org/ YES! Magazine Books Mark Anielski The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth Gabriola Island, BC, Canada: New Society Publishers, 2007 Rob Hopkins The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience White River...

Recommended from the “Conversation with John and Peter: The Future of Families” September 6, 2011

John McKnight 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...

A Decentralist Reading List

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. Herbert Agar  Land of...

Thoughts on John’s Recommended Reading

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. ...

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